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  •  Just admit there are some kids (6+ / 0-)

    Who are never going to fit the system.  In the old days, they might just drop out.  Now, many parents homeschool.  

    It's kinda like a favor to your child AND the school system.  Your kid doesn't have to take drugs to get along, and they don't have to change...

    Pisses me off when people put down homeschoolers, though.  We did it for my son, not to make anybody else happy.

    All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. ..................................... Albert Einstein

    by rosabw on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 07:35:55 AM PDT

    •  Agreed... it takes many paths to accomodate... (5+ / 0-)

      the range of unique human beings.  Trying to deal with the uniformity of schools, under the present standardization efforts, led us to let our kids homeschool as well during their otherwise high school years.

      See my blog pieces on the subject @ http://www.leftyparent.com/...

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 07:47:45 AM PDT

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    •  All kids deserve learning choices (9+ / 0-)

      that serve their best interests.

      Some bloom wherever they're planted, even in overcrowded traditional schools with rigid curricula. Some really need alternatives.

      Parents shouldn't be criticized for seeking the right educational fit for their children, or made to feel guilty for deserting public education if they homeschool or chose a charter for the sake of their children's learning experience.

      (BTW, those student-led conferences are a feature of the public schools my kids have been attending here in Albuquerque.)

      "The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret" -- T. Pratchett, The Truth

      by congenitalefty on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 09:18:53 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed and well said!... (4+ / 0-)

        And good to hear student-led conferences being used somewhere else.  Anything that gives people more ownership in the institutions they participate in moves the needle forward on democratic process and human development IMO.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

        by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 11:00:31 AM PDT

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      •  THe author did say one size doesnt fit all (0+ / 0-)

        I wonder what the admission requirements were? Did it replace a public school in a small neighborhood? Or were they free to recruit from a wide region?

        If it was from a wide region, then the parents at least had a choice of choosing from one of two types of system and if they preferred the charter, they had the option. NO harm done. But if it was limited to one neighborhood, then such a system is too different to survive the numbers game.

        you can call me praveen.

        by pravin on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 03:20:37 PM PDT

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        •  It just added to the portfolio of schools... (1+ / 0-)
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          families could choose from.  Brenda had a lottery that only gave advantage to siblings of kids who were already enrolled in the school.  There were no requirements other than that.  She also was very adept at getting money for special ed kids, so the school had a fair amount.

          You should see the Los Angeles public school "Choices" brochure.  Last time I saw one there were forty plus "magnet" schools to choose from.  Charters are in addition to those, but not on the district's brochure.  Problem is that so many schools are forced by standardization to be pretty much the same, rather than very different.

          Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

          by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 05:55:46 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed except for the fact that not every family (3+ / 0-)

      has the time nor the inclination to homeschool. What are those kids supposed to do? I think charter schools can help in this regard. If kids don't fit the general public school model, there is a good chance they might do better in a non-traditional school setting that a charter might be able to offer.

      We're homeschoolers too, BTW.

      •  It's much more than inclination. (2+ / 0-)
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        Many parents can't afford to home school.  It takes enough money for one parent to stay home.  And also it takes a total of more than one parent.

        •  In most cases, yes. (3+ / 0-)
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          However, I have known families that are barely employed to homeschool (rural area of N. CA) and I have heard about but not personally met single parent homeschoolers. I think both are incredibly difficult but those families must have felt that the benefits far outweighed the negatives.

          I don't know if you saw my diary on my family's experience with a charter school but in CA there are ways to homeschool within the public school system. It makes it more affordable.

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