Whoa... you are all losing your sense of humor here... and your perspective. And you are trying not to admit that Obama is more Republican than not. To help you out, here's a news clip. http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/3160…
This is long winded but hear me out...I have a step-daughter in 9th grade and a son in 5th grade at Basis San Antonio. My step-daughter started in 8th grade after 8 years attending a public elementary school and middle school that were not highly rated. In 6th grade she went through some expensive learning courses at Huntington because she was not at a high enough reading level for 6th grade work, and her math and spelling were terrible. She never was very interested in school studies and her friends did not show much interest either.
I first heard about Basis in a chance encounter at a restaurant, and that it was opening Fall of 2013. I looked into it thinking it would be a good option for my son when he got to 5th grade a year after since he complained constantly about being bored and not liking school. I spoke to my husband and he immediately wanted to put his daughter in it. I really did not think she would be a good fit since she was not academically strong but he was desperate to get her out of the "system". She had tried to get into private school but was not accepted due to her poor performance. Basis offered another option.
She was put onto a waiting list initially but the week before school began she was admitted. The experience has been a game changer for her. She has never had to work so hard in her life, has had to struggle with all the new courses she has no background in, but has literally become a different teenager. She looks forward to school, has made very different friends, those that share a desire to learn and experience new things, and actually self-organizes and does homework without being asked or pushed. She says that the students are encouraged to learn but are also held accountable by each other. I would say that she has learned how to take responsibility for herself and is never "bored" anymore. I am the first to admit I never would have expected this from her, but she has changed for the better. She did want to quit at first but that desire went away after a couple of months.
My son is now in his 4th week in the new school year. He is not complaining about school anymore, or being "bored". He does his homework without being pushed and seems to thrive on the organized approach they encourage. I am also required to stay engaged on a daily basis which I believe helps to reinforce the learning approach that is taught at the school. He is a bit of a slow worker so has had some late nights of work, yet he is still adamant about continuing his jujitsu training three days a week. I am confident he will get faster at completing his work because he wants to.
Here is my overall opinion: This is a fantastic school if the children and parents are willing to support the process and commit to the work. The effort required is high, but the rewards are too. Nothing in life worth having is easy, and the lessons that my children are learning at Basis are much more important than those that they picked up on in their public schools. I hear opinions that these schools are pulling funds from "real" public schools which is hurting their ability to educate children.
As a business person I will challenge this view...would you invest money in any business that was not performing well and did not provide an effective plan for doing so? The innovative approaches to learning and teaching being tested in charter schools are very entrepreneurial. This type of innovation is not likely to happen in public school systems due to the deeply embedded bureaucracies and the high cost of running them. Unfortunately many public schools are becoming institutionalized "repositories" for children during the day and they seem to be run more like prisons than places of learning. I personally have no choice where my tax monies go to and am so glad that changes in our laws here have allowed charter schools to begin to thrive. My son's other friend is attending Great Hearts which just opened here as well.
One final note, my oldest son is 19, just started his 2nd year at Texas A&M and is struggling terribly to get out of academic probation. He spent all of his school years in the same public schools (elem-middle-high school) as a gifted student, took all AP and Pre-AP classes, and tested out of about 18 college credits before graduating. He received also received two decent scholarships that covered about 1/4 of his four years. However, he did not do well. He struggled with organizational skills and study habits as he never had to work hard in high school. My 17 year old daughter is graduating from the same high school this year and I worry terribly about what her college experience may be. I do not feel that these "recognized" public schools have prepared my children well.
You all will make your decisions on your own. I believe in having the choice to choose. Perhaps competition will be the impetus to drive public schools to effect positive improvements?
Wow. New design.
Love it! When can I get tickets?
This really is a neat opportunity. Don't miss it!
How about a band that has like.... had a hit in the last 45 years?
God, do you want to sell a ticket or what?
This is just as bad as the first Rio no-wayo employees (maybe) stealing all the computers the first time around. Your tax dollar at work.
My guess is that government has left us powerless to change anything. The confiscation and abuse of our tax dollars has become an every day occurrence.
Meanwhile the 99%ers have been convinced to persecute the 1% that are successful.
How crazy is that?
Actually could have convinced the Foo Fighters to come here for around the same amount. They did it in Richmond, VA. The ultra-conservative rantings of Mike Love and company are far from the Beach Boys origins and they're probably one of the worst bands touring today.
A note to Outvoted, whose remarks about Rep. Grijalva included this statement: " The Democrats (my political party) even redrew the districts lines so that he could get a part of Tucson. The very liberal University part of Tucson. So he could get more votes." I've just checked the 2000 Independent Redistricting Commission's map for what they designated as CD 7, and it extended to Country Club between Grant Road and Broadway, i.e, the UofA and immediate surroundings. And that Commission was considered by some to have favored Republicans. In the next, most recent cycle, Grijalva's district became CD 2 and it extends only to Park Avenue between Grant and Broadway. It was actually CD 2 that gained territory within "(t)he very liberal University part of Tucson." Facts are facts, and the maps are available. And if one looks at election returns, one can perhaps conclude that subtle changes to district lines are not likely to determine election results in Raul Grijalva's district.
Jesus christ the comments are the most depressing part. No one is raging at how this board keeps wasting our goddamn money, while tusd is one of the worst school districts in the nation
Why is everyone talking about the beach boys and not about how this board keeps wasting OUR money??
Mike Love is a joke. This isn't the Beach Boys, it's a lame cover band. I will never see them again unless Brian Wilson is with them, and even then, the Mike Love cover songs (yes, they actually cover other bands' songs!) is a waste of time.
I'm sure the free market will prevail.
I'm sorry, too. It is sad to see so many people trying to hang on to those High School fantasies when life is so much richer now that we have been exposed to more.
Not everyone is a wacko or hater
What about my rights ?
I come from a family of legal immigrants. Who worked hard did not get anchor baby money, aid to dependent children, food stamps and section 8 housing. My family didn't just walk across a border. They had to cross an ocean.
But then my parents cared about us and not how much money they could make having another anchor baby. We learned English, went to school, got jobs and paid taxes.
They were not payed under the table, that is tax evasion. And now my tax dollars are supporting illegal families. Instead of legal worker who are trying to make ends meet. We just don't say the words, we live the life.
Do not give rewards to people who are breaking the law.
Wow. You can always count on immigration stories to bring out the wackos and haters. Nothing they say has anything to do with reality, but it sure is entertaining.
I see on his profile that Rick Jason has no friends yet. Reading his comments, I don't wonder why.
The longer we wait to legalize 20,000,000 people and their 6,000,000 kids the more money we save from this budget:
WIC, ($7,000,000,000) SNAP ($80,000,000,000 a year), TANF ($31,000,000,000), Supplemental housing($24,000,000,000) and MEDICAID ($265,000,000,000), CHIP ($9,000,000,000)School Lunch Program ($11,600,000,000) total $795 BILLION this doesn't count 8 Cash Assistance programs 8 vocational training programs 3 utility assistance programs total 2 child care and development programs. ALL together are tax payer burdens.
Repeal Birthright Citizenship and we could save $982,800,000,000 in education alone!
I'm with Jim! the only people "Feeling Alone, Ignored and Used" are US citizens!
Grigalva is anti- American and should be dropped off in Mexico with no id and one bullet in his pocket. We would not see him for years.
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