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  •  Ridiculous. Biggest threat to kids is IN school (3+ / 0-)

    iMO school administrators are thrilled to get to have tighter and tighter 'security' - it makes it harder and harder for parents to see what is actually going on IN schools.

    My kids are out or about to finish school.  I've been involved and around schools for years  - AND been told that despite all I've done that school ADMINISTRATORS were none too happy to have a parent  (ANY parent) around, especially when you speak up and actually question them on some of the things you see.

    I was told point blank by teachers that the schools allow parents around elementary schools because they really can't keep them away and NEED their help.  BUT once kids hit Middle School they do NOT want them around AT ALL.  You have the dog and pony shows twice a year for class and teacher visits but that is all.  They really don't want you seeing first hand the bullying and horrid behavior (by kids and teachers and administrators).    We've had 2 teachers nailed in underage internet sex stings (one of whom we complained about after our son's first day of class with him - SO many red flares but the school claimed he was great - and had just left a tenured admin spot in another district - RED FLARE 'pass the trash').  Anther teacher was where they were because 'it's where they can do the least harm'    You have assistant principals who are overzealous in enforcing a too short between class time - leaving kids desperate to go to the bathroom.  And of course if you're around enough you see all the waste - and there's lots.  Nevermind the damage and theft - better taxpayers don't hear about all that (like kids AND teachers stealing laptops).

    Ultimately the biggest threat to kids in school are the OTHER KIDS - the rampant bullying (which schools do little to stop).  Had one kid sent home with a broken bone (which the school nurse missed) a day AFTER complaining about the same kid (who'd been and remained a regular problem).

    You also have kids 'mainstreamed' who should NOT BE - even with the full time aide.  Like the one who was going to bring a gun to the prom while dressed in costume.   Anyone else wondering about the meds hese kids are on and the SIDE EFFECTS (like suicide and violence).

    Schools are thrilled when you can't see what's going on in them.

    Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

    by xrepub on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:41:00 PM PST

    •  Good Lord, your kids go to a terrible school! (6+ / 0-)

      I would home school them, if I were you!

      In my school, we have anti-bullying policies. The kids are pretty kind to each other, we teachers certainly don't bully or abuse the kids, our school nurse is competent, no teachers have stolen computers, nor have any kids, and teachers spend their own money on supplies.

      Either you have a grudge against your school, or it really is the Worst School in the World.

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      by adigal on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:09:04 PM PST

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    •  All I can say is... (6+ / 0-)

      You know nothing about my school. In fact, most of the teachers are parents of students that attend our school. I am sorry to hear that you have had such a negative experience. Why did you keep your children in a school you seem to have such animosity towards? It would seem that involved parents such as yourself might have moved their children to a more receptive school. I know this, I would never have never left my children in a school you describe. Have you looked in the mirror lately at your responsibility in where your kids attend school?

      And since I am the Assistant Principal and a high school teacher and the Athletic Director and the ASB director and the guy who often sweeps the gym floor and sometimes sets up the irrigation on the soccer field and the guy who gives kids rides home when their parents fail to show up after practice--I can tell you flat out that you shouldn't try to make a universal claim about how horrible we all are. And just for the record, my superintendent and I both work for about $30-40K less than if we were in the suburbs. Choices--we all make 'em.

      BTW--Any and all parents--ALL parents K-12 are welcome in our building any time they wish. Now, however, they just need to check in at the office.

      •  Welcome in bldg? But "Mrs. Smith can NOT (0+ / 0-)

        carry" her Childs lunch to the classroom any more, you said, nut must drop it off at the office. So...welcome as far as the office now?

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        by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 02:14:45 AM PST

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        •  Yes. Welcome as far as the office, (0+ / 0-)

          or get a visitor badge, and get approved as a volunteer.

        •  Classes (0+ / 0-)

          don't need a parent coming to the room and being a distraction while talking to their child for 10 minutes.  Doesn't seem like a lot to you, but what if several parents do that during a class?  There is a lot to cover and attention spans can easily be lost with small distractions.  

          These are not big deals, people. Just leave the lunch at the office.  If you insist on giving it to your child personally, have the child come to the office.  

          There are enough problems in the world to worry about.  

          •  I've volunteered in multiple grade schools. At (0+ / 0-)

            least four. I get being background checked. I get signing in. Etc. But after all that I've been sent here and there in the school to do various things inside the building. Escort Johnny to hearing test. Or test Suzie on reading in little room down hall. To the hall to staple up artwork displays. Library to shelve books. Art supply room to cut paper. Watch on playground. Type up kids' stories.

            There have been other moms/dads going here & there also. I've always thought this was a plus. The kids seem to like it also. From the OP's words, it sounded like parents could no longer get further than the office.

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            by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:07:39 PM PST

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