On Eva’s schools of opportunity

I do believe there are charter solutions for some parents, and have nothing against those who seek them and find happiness. I am pro-choice-just anti-agenda.

Brad, I am generally suspicious of charters (especially ones that might be emptied, staff-students-and all for a politically tainted photo-op and are able to avoid the oversight and transparency of traditional schools)…but if you are happy and your child is succeeding and having her needs met-than as a parent I am happy for that (honestly here, I have three young girls…the smarty stuff is coming here in a moment).

My input as a teacher:

  1.  I hope your school has a formal student conduct code that students are familiarized with. It certainly seems like this is the case, unless your daughter attends the even more country club version for Stepford kids. Pretty sure you were joking about the over-the-bed thing, half believe daily recital.
  2.  If it is an actual school your child attends, a discipline policy (code) for staff to be familiar with is a certainty (so that staff know whether paddlings or time outs are the expectations and which behaviors call for which responses). Eva’s public responses to questions regarding the enrollment and discipline practices and your description of scripted lessons leads me to believe that young eager staff are well trained regarding this code. Eva’s resistance to oversight and description of her school as publicly funded privately operated (so not subjected to public scrutiny) tells me you might have a hard time getting a copy of that official corporate document.

As a parent:

  1. I was very close, about 5/6 years ago, to trying to figure out how to put my daughter in another school somewhere where the children were all motivated and the parents were all involved. It can be hard for a school to maximize outcomes for the very capable when student needs are varied, sometimes severe and disruptive, and can divert class progress towards social/emotional areas as opposed to test scores and spreadsheets.
  2. My decision was that my daughters would be better served by the guidance and involvement of their parents in holding them accountable first, holding school accountable next, and along the way: helping to navigate peer/cohort relations that mirror the ones they’d confront in the real world (instead of homogenizing their experience).

So far, 3 talented high achievers with great, weird friends. I hope your methods are working as well. Sounds like you are super involved and value education. The kind of parent every teacher everywhere should hope for, the kind Eva recruits, the kind harder to find as our economy and society burden struggling families more and more.


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