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Re: Re: /schools

David: You are so right...private education is a problem. But I believe
you've identified an even bigger problem...parental apathy. Look around
at the students you know who have successful outcomes to their academic
careers...how involved are their parents in their lives? How many of
those parents make a point of routinely going into the school building
and making it their business to seek out each one of their kids'
teachers and find out what is going on? Not waiting for conference time
to find out, but on a weekly or even daily basis touching base with the
people who take care of their kids 7 or 8 hours a day? And no matter
what the cost to their own personal schedules, no matter how difficult
or tough it is to rearrange things to make sure they are 100% available
to their kids and their kids' teachers...that's the difference between a
child who will succeed in school and one who will fail. Bottom
line...much as I would love to be able to trust that the government or
the school district is looking out for my kids...no one will look out
for their academic, social, emotional life better or more competently
than I will so it's my duty to my kids to make sure I am there, every
day, no matter what. Period. And if the teachers or the school find that
intrusive (which they don't BTW) then that's just too darn bad...

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 05/18, David Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:
From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 17:11:07 -0700
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] /schools

Melody (I'm sorry folks I realize this is a garden group and not a
soapbox<br>for political agendas) I think the problem is in the reality.
The reality<br>is that there are far too many students in California who
don't care and<br>whose parents don't care whether they get an education
or not. Fact is that<br>there is only so much money and resources and
the way we casually spend<br>money in this country insures a bleak
future for education.<br><br>I've said this all my adult life: Private
schools are the bane of this<br>country. They guarantee unequal
education. Send Bill Gate's and Warren<br>Buffet's kids to public
schools and we wouldn't be having this discussion<br>right now. But as
long as we don't we lose untold thousands of bright kids<br>who don't
have the resources to a good education and hence fall through
the<br>cracks.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A Touch of the
Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>----- Original Message -----
<br>From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 2:03 AM<br>Subject:
Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools<br><br><br>> DF: This is the result
of a poorly thought out and woefully underfunded<br>> "No Child Left
Behind Act", brought to you courtesy of our current<br>> government
officials. In order to continue qualifying for federal<br>> financial
aid for school districts, each school must meet grade level<br>>
requirements, you know. Well, if a certain percentage of the
children<br>> can't make it and that prevents the school from getting
funding, then<br>> what is the logical step? To reduce the level of
difficulty of what is<br>> being taught to the lowest common
denominator, i.e. dumbing down. In<br>> it's purest form, NCLB would be
a godsend to the children of<br>> America...teaching them to reach for
the highest standards. In it's<br>> current bastardized version, it's a
nightmare! Political action,<br>> though...the strength of character to
stand up for what you believe<br>> in...is the only thing that will
change th

is unfortunate course of<br>> action our elected officials have embarked
upon. Write or call your<br>> local federal and state legislators and
demand that they fully fund the<br>> NCLB act. Okay...off the soapbox
now...sorry, folks!<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>>
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."<br>>
--Albert Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Mon 05/17, David Franzman <
dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:<br>> From: David Franzman [mailto:
dfranzma@pacbell.net]<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Mon, 17
May 2004 20:41:32 -0700<br>> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New
oleander/schools<br>><br>> No, no, no Pam! It's "Can I supersize that
for you!" Man, could I tell<br>> you<br>stories about my kids school.
They watch more movies than the<br>> attendants at<br>the Sundance Movie
Festival. What's worse is that not<br>> only are most of the<br>movies
out of context with the class but many of<br>> them
are...ugh...cartoons.<br>Now are we talking about an elementary<br>>
school? Nope! High school. The<br>coup d' grace was when my
daughter<br>> came home from school and she told me<br>that they
watched, in Spanish<br>> class, a Flintstones cartoon
movie...IN<br>ENGLISH! Oh, it did have<br>> Spanish subtitles. The
schools are dumbing down<br>our kids and I find<br>> it
repugnant.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A Touch of the<br>>
Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>----- Original Message
-----<br>> <br>From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com><br>To:<br>>
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 7:35
PM<br>Subject:<br>> Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools<br><br><br>>
Agreed. I've seen what<br>> the local public schools produce here - you
want<br>fries w/ that?<br>> Appalling.<br>><br>> Pam Evans<br>> Kemp,
TX<br>> zone 8A<br>> -----<br>> Original Message -----<br>> From: james
singer<br>> Sent: 5/17/2004<br>> 4:24:57 PM<br>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New<br>> oleander<br>><br>>
> Yes, they are. And I think the Montessori<br>> environment is perfect
to<br>> >

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