I can't speak about Scientology, but Tom Cruise couldn't be more right:<br><br>"SAT scores have gone right down the toilet," Cruise told "Access Hollywood" co-host Billy Bush. "The parents are blaming the teachers. The teachers are blaming the parents. OK? And the psychs are putting everyone on drugs."<br><br>Cruise on crusade to get kids off meds<br><br>
Could be right. Why do home and private schooled kids do so much better? Maybe it is because their parents and teachers do have the kids best interests at heart.<br><br>Far too many parents seem to treat school as a day care centre. It's only when you have a personal stake in your kids education that you start to take a more active role in it.<br><br><br><br>We all do what we do for the same reason: because it seems like a good idea at the time.
_________________________ I used to think it was terrible that life was unfair. Then I thought what if life were fair and all of the terrible things that happen came because we really deserved them? Now I take comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe.
I would like to think think that parents and teachers put the kids first regardless of the venue (exceptions will occur, of course). Maybe we've just been lucky, but the public schools my chilluns have attended in NYC and Boca have all had very robust parent participation programs. I know a few couples who pay thousands per year for private school and in fact do feel that the money does entitle them to view the school as a babysitter of sorts.<br><br>In any case, I'm not a fan of private schools mainly because students just can't get the social/economic/cultural spectrum available in public schools. Nor do I find home schooling a good alternative because there's too little peer interaction for the kids (although for some families, there is no other option).<br><br>
I actually attended public schools from K-12 and for the most part, I would rate the experience as fairly decent. We had court-ordered busing...and it was OK (I didn't like high school too much, though.)<br><br>I graduated HS in '91 (makes you feel old, doesn't it MWAHAHAHA) and the entire school system has gone straight into the sh!tter. Mainly because "parents" (and I use that word loosely) are sending their out-of-control nightmares to school to be babysat. <br><br>The solution to the problem is for the principal to walk up and down the hallways with a baseball bat threatening to beat the sh!t out of anyone that steps out of line. Discipline, discipline, discipline. These kids don't get it anywhere else. <br><br>
The problem with the baseball bat is that it's no match for the guns the kids sneak into school! <br><br>The schools need to use and enforce discipline for sure. But before that, the parents have to teach their kids respect. Without respect, discipline is without value. And I see that as the biggest problem with some of these kids today. No respect. Not for authority. Not for property. Not for each other. Not for life ferchrisakes! <br><br>
Are SAT scores going down? Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if kids today couldn't keep up with the bar I helped set. <br><br>Seriously I would just guess that more kids are taking the test as more kids look to try and go to college as a way to make it in a struggling economy. That would bring the scores down.<br><br>I didn't see the proof of scores going down in your link Bryan. Do you have one?<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I didn't see the proof of scores going down in your link Bryan. Do you have one?<p><hr></blockquote><p>HAHAHAH! No, I don't. If you need proof that kids are getting dumber by the day, then I can't help you. <br><br>Oh, and if I told you how little I cared, it would be too much. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Oh, and if I told you how little I cared, it would be too much. <p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.macminute.com/cgi-bin/wwwthreads/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=politics&Number=236490&page=0&view=expanded&sb=5&o=0#Post236490">Link to Bryan caring</a><br><br>
"In any case, I'm not a fan of private schools mainly because students just can't get the social/economic/cultural spectrum available in public schools."<br><br>Steve, I'd have to disagree with you. My daughter is in private school. There are kids of all kinds of race there. There are some kids there because their parents are working their fingers to the bone so the kids gets a leg up in the world. <br>Granted, it's not like that everywhere, but I expect you'll only find the $1,200 a month schools where it's as white as the eye can see.<br><br>
I'm glad it's working for you and your kiddo, skul. As I said, I don't have the first-hand experience that you've had. Only 2nd & 3rd-hand information to form my perceptions. And maybe you're the rule rather than the exception. If so, I'm delighted to be wrong. But at the end of the day, I'd still rather have my child in a good public school.<br><br>
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