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Re: “Hidden Agenda?

I’m going to keep this short, sweet and to the point because, unlike the user TheTruthShallSetYouFree, I do not have the time or the patients to waste on people’s ignorance.

First off, I would like to point out that I am and have been going to SSA for five years. I know people that have been there since the school first opened. It’s amazing to think that the public is so easily fooled by a bunch of prejudice people.

And that’s exactly who I think these parents are: Prejudice people. Just because the majority of the staff in the SSA schools are Turkish, doesn’t mean they’re plotting some fiendish scheme. On the south side of Tucson, the majority of teachers are Mexican. Does that mean the Mexicans are plotting something too? Get real.
Here’s my advice to these parents: If you don’t like the school, leave. Don’t complain about it and cause problems for the school just because you’re insecure about being around certain people. Find a better way to fix your “problem” and grow up.

Certain ethnicities and races tend to go into certain areas of work when they come from another country. Did you ever think that maybe teachers get paid more here than they do in Turkey? Or perhaps they just wanted to come and teach in the United States? SSA was named Charter School of the Year for 2009, so that makes us one of the best. I think that would make teaching positions at SSA desirable.

The students have never been pressured into participating in anything, including the Turkish Olympiad. The office reads the Olympiad along with everything else in the morning announcements (which include normal, non-sinister things like tutoring hours and club bake sales). There are flyers put up around the school to promote participation, but next to them are flyers for the next dance.

Then there was the comment I read about Mr. Karatas “threatening” people with his ending sentence: “…I hope they are aware of what they're doing.” If you think this is a threatening statement, please stay away from all butter knives, we wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.
He’s referring to the fact that people are starting up trouble for the school. Do you people even realize how beneficial this school is for so many students? How many of them become successful people because of what this school does for them? If the school were to close, more than 3,000 kids would have to relocate to new schools. 3,000 students who were benefiting from the school they are at. The ones who are not benefiting should, like I mentioned above, leave. This school is not for everyone, I know this because many of the people I know have left because of the rigorous work schedules (and if you’re about to tell me it’s not rigorous, I’d like to see you try to do the amount of work we do).

Whether the school is involved in this kind of activity or not is completely irrelevant to me, and many of the people I know. What does matter to me is what I’m learning in school and the people I am around, neither of which I have ever had any reason to distrust. I would also like to refer back to Nan’s post when supporting this trust. SSA is on an US (United States) Air Force Base. I know for a fact that, if any of the allegations were true, SSA wouldn’t be on the base. We are there because we are a good school who has a lot to offer to our community, period. No hidden agendas or people hiding in the shadows trying to “convert your children.”

I could probably go on more, but I will stop here (since I do not have all day to waste on a response to everyone’s accusations). The very last thing I would like to do before I add my comment is to ask all of you one question: How many of you have actually been to SSA? Not, “I’m a parent of SSA,” but really, truly have been a part of it? Have you gone to the school for five sum years and created bonds with the staff and students? Have you been a part of the Parent Association and experienced everything? Heck, even the P.A. doesn’t understand SSA, no one really does. The only ones who really understand are the students and the teachers, because we are the ones who have to live it. So before you go saying “it’s the worst thing ever,” why don’t you try to have an open mind and see the whole story.

The last thing I would like to address is ExSSAParent. Let me highlight a couple statements you made:
“Care for a Scooby Snack?”

“But I am sure that scene would have been something to watch.”

Really? Really? You’re supposed to be a parent- which entails being a grown up. The comments you have made on this article are impulsive and uncouth. While some people may have used foul language or have said hurtful things to you, you’re not supposed to “internet trash” everyone who disagrees with your views, however incredulous they are. I won’t even tell you to grow up because, chances are, the message wouldn’t even register. I would like to you that you have not been a part of the SSA “experience” so you have no right to be trash talking without the other half of the story.

My support goes out to TheTruthShallSetYouFree. You fight a good argument and it’s a shame no one is open minded enough to try to understand what you are trying to say.


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Posted by Sapphirewolf93 on 01/11/2010 at 5:40 PM

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