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  •  the problem is much deeper than the school board (5+ / 0-)

    I sent my 2 sons to Texas public elementary school and was so stunned by the poor quality of education provided that I eventually decided to home-school them through elementary and middle school. For college reasons, I returned them to public school for high school.

    Dealing with the public high school here has been difficult, to say the least. It's not only the textbooks, but the faculty and staff. Our principal made a regular habit of praying to Jesus and reading from the Bible during the morning announcements until my son forced him to stop. For his efforts, he was placed in a special counseling class until I raised holy hell and threatened to sue.

    That's only one of many incidents we have had with the school, and one would think by now, after having been proven to be in the wrong every single time, the school would be making an effort to clean up its act a bit, but that isn't the case.

    Just two days ago my son was stopped by the attendance woman and asked "Why are you wearing that shirt?" He was wearing an Obama 1-20-09 shirt. When he told her it's because he likes the President, she told him quite nastily that she would pray for him. It took all day and numerous calls from my husband and I to get an admission of wrong-doing and an apology to our son....but the Jr Vice Principal apologized, not the woman who insulted him. She should have been made to apologize in person or be fired, but none of them really saw it as wrong, and were only trying to placate us.

    Texas schools operate illegally every day, from the attendance staff to the principals to the school board, and there aren't enough parents willing to stand up to it. I've been fighting just one school for several years and it's a constant, exhausting battle. It would take an army of determined parents to clean up Texas schools, but it could be done.  

    •  There are lots of colleges that do not (0+ / 0-)

      require a high school diploma for entrance. I have children who've gone to college and not a single one of them has had a high school diploma. Two of them now have master's degrees, one from Harvard. My 14-year-old recently took the ACT and scored a 29 on it, with only a 9th-grade education. She is now enrolled in college classes and doing better than the other students. Just what is the point of high school when 9th-graders are already scoring that high on the ACT?

      --Free thinkers shouldn't go around thinking just anything. (Terry Pratchett)

      by HPrefugee on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 08:10:25 AM PST

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      •  that's true, and a good point (2+ / 0-)
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        All parents should be aware--high school is not the only route to college. It's just the one my boys preferred. We explored other options but both boys wanted the experience. I went on to college after just one year of high school, and I think that may have influenced their decision inadvertently, as I wasn't able to answer their questions about what high school is like.

        My elder son was bored, graduated early, and is currently weathering the storms at college in D.C., while my younger son still has a year to go before graduating and, while always sympathetic to his mom and dad about the uproar, is having the time of his life "crashing the gate" at high school. The experience has served him well, being an invaluable lesson in how to effectively address the illegalities and injustices he sees around him.

        I just wish more parents would get involved. Our problems with the school are mostly issues that have already been ruled on by the courts, it's just a matter of parents and students demanding the laws be enforced. It could be done with enough voices, but too few are speaking out.

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