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Re: Re: /schools

Melody (I'm sorry folks I realize this is a garden group and not a soapbox
for political agendas) I think the problem is in the reality.  The reality
is that there are far too many students in California who don't care and
whose parents don't care whether they get an education or not.  Fact is that
there is only so much money and resources and the way we casually spend
money in this country insures a bleak future for education.

I've said this all my adult life:  Private schools are the bane of this
country.  They guarantee unequal education.  Send Bill Gate's and Warren
Buffet's kids to public schools and we wouldn't be having this discussion
right now.  But as long as we don't we lose untold thousands of bright kids
who don't have the resources to a good education and hence fall through the

David Franzman
A Touch of the Tropics
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 2:03 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools

> DF: This is the result of a poorly thought out and woefully underfunded
> "No Child Left Behind Act", brought to you courtesy of our current
> government officials. In order to continue qualifying for federal
> financial aid for school districts, each school must meet grade level
> requirements, you know. Well, if a certain percentage of the children
> can't make it and that prevents the school from getting funding, then
> what is the logical step? To reduce the level of difficulty of what is
> being taught to the lowest common denominator, i.e. dumbing down. In
> it's purest form, NCLB would be a godsend to the children of
> America...teaching them to reach for the highest standards. In it's
> current bastardized version, it's a nightmare! Political action,
> though...the strength of character to stand up for what you believe
> in...is the only thing that will change this unfortunate course of
> action our elected officials have embarked upon. Write or call your
> local federal and state legislators and demand that they fully fund the
> NCLB act. Okay...off the soapbox now...sorry, folks!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Mon 05/17, David Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:
> From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 20:41:32 -0700
> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools
> No, no, no Pam! It's "Can I supersize that for you!" Man, could I tell
> you<br>stories about my kids school. They watch more movies than the
> attendants at<br>the Sundance Movie Festival. What's worse is that not
> only are most of the<br>movies out of context with the class but many of
> them are...ugh...cartoons.<br>Now are we talking about an elementary
> school? Nope! High school. The<br>coup d' grace was when my daughter
> came home from school and she told me<br>that they watched, in Spanish
> class, a Flintstones cartoon movie...IN<br>ENGLISH! Oh, it did have
> Spanish subtitles. The schools are dumbing down<br>our kids and I find
> it repugnant.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A Touch of the
> Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>----- Original Message -----
> <br>From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com><br>To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 7:35 PM<br>Subject:
> Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools<br><br><br>> Agreed. I've seen what
> the local public schools produce here - you want<br>fries w/ that?
> Appalling.<br>><br>> Pam Evans<br>> Kemp, TX<br>> zone 8A<br>> -----
> Original Message -----<br>> From: james singer<br>> Sent: 5/17/2004
> 4:24:57 PM<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New
> oleander<br>><br>> > Yes, they are. And I think the Montessori
> environment is perfect to<br>> > bring out their curiosity. I think the
> best part--that older children<br>> > have responsibilities in the
> education of younger children--encourages<br>> > a kind of intellectual
> development that simply does not occur in other<br>> > settings. And I
> think that is why a high percentage of Montessori<br>> > graduates
> succeed at university.<br>> ><br>> ><br>> > On Monday, May 17, 2004, at
> 09:04 AM, Zemuly@aol.com wrote:<br>> ><br>> > > In a message dated
> 5/17/2004 4:08:07 AM Central Standard Time,<br>> > > jsinger@igc.org
> writes:<br>> > > Ms. Fatma teaches the primary grades in a Montessori
> school.<br>> > > I volunteer with that same age group at our local
> Montessori school.<br>> > > That<br>> > > age is the gre
> atest. They are adorable and so eager to learn.<br>> > > zem<br>> >
> ><br>> > >
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