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Old 02-12-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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Tank, I asked the same question (not of Momma), but noone has answered yet. I wonder if it is purely just by looking at test scores or is it the kids? Are the schools dangerous with kids fighting - drug issues are every where and can not be escaped. I know that know one wants these negatives, but is this what the problems are? This is something I wrote in an earlier post - I'm coming from NYC, where schools are notorious for being over crowded. I think gone are the days that we have 15 kids in a class. That being said, I think that as far as failures go with schools some of the people complaining about the system have to take their share of the blame. I don't mean to point fingers guys - so don't get crazy just yet - HERE ME OUT. When I say take your blame, I mean that an elementary and some times middle school child's failures are the Parents and Teachers failures. If you don't take the time as a parent to go over your child's homework, how will you know how they are doing? I know that with my experience if my child didn't understand his homework, I immediately spoke to the teacher to address the issue. The teacher also has an obligation to the student to help them if they are failing tests etc. If the parent/teacher work together cohesively then really no child should fail. Of course some will do better than others, but none should fail. This of course happens in a perfect world. My opinion (and this is not directed at anyone in particular, just a general statement), far too many people send their kids to school to get raised. So, as a parent if you do your part (which I know that most of you do), the system should benefit. It is a slow moving process, but it will hopefully get better. Please don't kill me guys!
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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Class sizes are limited. At the elementary level, they are limited to 23 students per class. This is one reason that there are so many schools that have portables.
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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You know Fauve, I don't love the Portables, but as long as my child is in a save environment where the teacher is able to teach and is not focusing time on an incorragible children then I'm okay. There is only so much that a teacher can do for a child. I as a parent have to play my part in their children's learning development. As for pounding in test requirements, unfortunately that happens in every state and really you can't escape that. Don't get me wrong, if I have the opportunity to send my child to a private school so that they have a better shot in life, I will, but if I can't I will make the best of what I have and make sure that they will excel in the school they are in.

My boys are in Catholic school and it is crowded - 38 kids in my 5th graders class and 31 in my 2nd graders class. I am fortunate that they are not having issues, but what would be my alternative? The public school they are zoned for is not acceptable. Not because of the teachers, but because of the students who attend. I have to admit my boys are a bit sheltered they think talking back to the teacher is a big big deal - I want to keep it that way!
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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I have no problems with portables. Heritage had them for awhile! As long as you arent in them during a hurricane, they're perfectly fin - a/c, etc....I'd rather have the smaller class size!
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
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I have no problems with portables. Heritage had them for awhile! As long as you arent in them during a hurricane, they're perfectly fin - a/c, etc....I'd rather have the smaller class size!
I agree..they just added trailers at my sons middle school but another school will be opening..

now got a question, why do they not build more schools??? especially with the property taxes being so high what not?
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:04 AM
 
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They did. The student population is on the way down. There will actually be too much room pretty soon.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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It helps if mom speaks english (save) I meant safe environment. Oh I wasn't putting it down guys (the portables). I just don't love the way they look, but they are perfectly fine as you stated especially when it promotes smaller class sizes. Fauve did your kids go to public school?
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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I'm okay with that - let some people leave, so I can come - LOL.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
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I'm okay with that - let some people leave, so I can come - LOL.
Im right there with ya LOL
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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No, because when my kids were due to start school, class sizes were at their height (just before legislation limiting it.) My son was due to join a class with 37 kids where he would be one of 4 kids with the same first name. They've been in private ever since.
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