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not sure what upsets me more: pappy gentrifier with the “i feel i’m too rich and white to send my kids to the public school” or the anecdotal, short-sighted, overly self-righteous response.
Ask me the 5 things most damning to American students are they would be: 1. Charter schools/vouchers 2. Private schools 3. Standardized testing 4. Scripted curriculum 5. Lack of community involvement in the school
But how do we help this? How do we get real diversity (race, economics, learning abilities, parental involvement, etc…) in schools in places like East Flatbush or Brownsville?
http://nypost.com/2014/02/23/students-defend-murry-bergtraum-hs-in-error-filled-letters/This is why parents choose to opt out of the public school system.
And these are schools that your kid could end up end because there isn't a seat in your school of choice, a program has been abolished, zones are redrawn, or you happen to live in a place where most of the schools in the district are low performers.
Well, there's this...http://nypost.com/2014/01/12/no-space-no-books-no-leader-no-clue-at-citys-worst-elementary/Please understand that I'm not by any stretch saying that every public school is as bad as these two. But these are the schools that serve those students whose parents aren't actively involved in the system through PTAs, special fundraising, advocating at the Department level, and involving local politicians. In other words this is what the bottom quartile (approx. 425 schools) of all schools in NYC looks like. And these are schools that your kid could end up end because there isn't a seat in your school of choice, a program has been abolished, zones are redrawn, or you happen to live in a place where most of the schools in the district are low performers.
"It has become clear to this blogger that PS375, the Jackie Robinson School, a/k/a the school that most Lefferts and Caledonian families are zoned for, is problematic. Possibly, even corrupt. The principal, assistant principal, and the superintendent of the District are all culpable in keeping the school from changing with the times. And by times, I don't just mean being open to integration, i.e. welcoming newcomers to the school, or heaven forbid, holding an open house or school tour. I mean that one-by-one Brooklyn elementary schools are recognizing that they must create an internet/social media presence and actually market themselves and whatever strengths they have so that choosy parents - the ones most likely to help bring positive change - attend and get involved. (I know I'm stepping into a landmine here, but screw it. This school has sucked for long enough and it's time someone called them out. I look forward to being proven wrong, but I'm not hopeful.)"
It's not even lack of marketing as it is the absolute inability of some of these schools to provide a document listing what the students will be learning over the course of the year--fractions, penmanship, biomes, anything! Maybe these documents exist but they are definitely not offered to prospective parents in advance of registering their kids for classes or during the 'school shopping' period. An open house would be so nice. PS 705 is doing a great job with open houses and marketing, and I wish the other schools (ps 138, I'm looking at you!) did the same. I hear 705 is actually starting a discussion re maintaining a certain percentage of seats for students who qualify for free lunch; gentrification moves so quickly these days.
xlizellx, if you feel there is a moral obligation to send your children to their local school, don't you then have that same obligation to teach within your district?
heightsmom, I'm not sure that quote means that the principal accused the parents of being racists. tate, what is it you are looking to do? do you have one particular zoned school in mind? or do you have a school in mind that would require people getting in from out of zone or by lottery? or are you looking to create a new program within a school? all different, some requiring more advance work with the school, some less. but either way I would think you would want to meet with the principal. so you can tell people that s/he is on board, and also so it doesn't seem like some "project" that is separate from the school itself and its current community.not to get into the whole gentrification discussion, but I think one of the things that makes it hard is when "new people" don't do anything to avoid the impression that they have just parachuted in to build a new world around themselves. i am not saying anyone has a moral obligation to make nice, but I do think that if you want it to work in the long term, it's a good idea to try to get the lay of the land and explain what you are all about. a PTA meeting would be a good place to start. once you've met some people and the admins know you, you could ask to sit in on a school leadership team (SLT) meeting, as an observer. that will give you a good idea of how a school is functioning, what it's considering in terms of curriculum, etc.