As you rip Huppenthal and TUSD, I wonder why anyone questions parents' decisions to put their children in a charter school. Mine are in a charter school that scores well above TUSD, state, and national average on those silly tests. And I think it means little that they do, because those tests are ridiculous. But if you use the testing as a valid measure, I will point out that our local TUSD school is well below average. In large part it's due to lack of funds. I want my children to be ready to meet the challenges of the world, to be able to think, resolve problems, and work with people, and their school focuses on those skills. Yes, they need background knowledge taught in the schools, but these tests don't tell me anything about the skills I am most concerned with. I have nothing against public schools in concept, but if they don't deliver, I will look for other alternatives.
Another note about those tests: I was amazed the first year those tests were given. Our school generally doesn't use tests, and I thought the kids would be anxious going into them. It was a bit of a concern of mine that they didn't get tests regularly, in fact. Yet, every child I asked was looking forward to the tests. They were excited. It was something different. And then after the tests, they reported that they thought they were easy. Now, every year they look forward to the tests. They are easy, and they look at it as a break from school. I didn't think my children would score that well, but they did great. It actually reinforced my decision to keep them where they are.
I would like to fit in a whole conversation about this, but this is already more than enough for a comments page. I just hope this state does education right.
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