Armadillo

Jackson, TN

#26 Aug 30, 2011
Don't get on here and accuse me of digging in you're field. Then you call me a varmint! Yosemite Sam I'm almost sure this isn't your real name. If you're going to run armadillos down please use your real name. Lol

Since: Aug 11

Arlington, TX

#27 Aug 30, 2011
I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
happy

Jackson, TN

#28 Aug 31, 2011
I am happy at Jackson Preparatory School. I have children there, and believe they are learning and are being provided with the education they need to progress on to the next grade. Yes, changes have been made and are continuing to made at this school. All of the changes are geared toward providing a positive ACADEMIC education for the children, however. My children have homework every night and we struggle through it every night with them.
I believe, during stressful times, things said in a discussion can be misunderstood. I believe, especially since we are a school founded on Christian principles, that we should take a step back, think about what is right, good, and noble and interact with others with those characteristics in mind.
In any profession, anywhere, it is easy to blame the people "at the top." Instead of blaming and accusing, lets do something positive, let's pray. Pray for the school itself, the administration, the teachers, the parents, the children and that God will continue to bless our school.
Concerned

Fort Collins, CO

#29 Sep 1, 2011
I believe that, although the school has the best interest of the kids at heart, the excessive homework policy is doing much more harm than good. I heard that teachers were instructed to assign much more homework and increase the speed of the cirriculm in an effort to make the JPS kids smarter than kids in other area schools. Of course, this is only hearsay so I can't confirm it. However, it seems that these complaints are coming from kids in every grade and of every age level. My child often has classwork that must be finished at home before starting homework. Homework will take 1.5 to 3 hours per night. Once we have had supper, taken showers, and gotten our things ready for the next day, there is little time for anything else because it is bedtime. I fear he is shutting down because he is becoming discouraged and frustrated. I know the school thinks they are doing the right thing but I truly think this is overwhelming to these kids and should be scaled back.
happy

Jackson, TN

#30 Sep 1, 2011
I don't believe it is to make the kids smarter than the other kids in the area, but to make sure they are getting the standards that are needed to promote to the next grade. Homework is going to be there, that is just part of it. We don't have that much homework every night but some nights we do and we just do the best we can. I believe because I am paying for their education they should be above and beyond the standards that are required and am happy to know that the school is also interested in this. Don't be discouraged. Stick with it, our kids are going to be college prepared when the time comes!
Supporter

Jackson, TN

#31 Sep 1, 2011
Amen, Happy!
If we supported and prayed for the teachers and students at Jackson Prep as hardily as we have bashed them, our school would be growing and succeeding beyond all our expectations. The teacher in question is the BEST. She has worked hard to help EVERY student. I know. She encouraged and pushed my child to do more than he/she ever thought he/she could do. My child is now doing VERY well in an upper grade. If you took your child to the doctor and he told you your child might have a disease, you wouldn't think twice about getting them tested. When educators tell you your child may have a problem, you don't believe them. Why is that? There are so many learning problems that interfere with a child's ability to do certain things,don't you want to know so they can get help. If your child doesn't have a problem, great! It's time to buckle down and get busy doing the work. Lastly, homework is required in all schools. Most of the teachers at Jackson Prep try to give students time to do it, but many students want to take it home so their parents will do it for them or will spend time with them.
I stumbled on to this website and was very disturbed. I don't plan on getting back on here again.
leroy

Jackson, TN

#32 Sep 1, 2011
All I know if it keeps up like it is thay are going to lose a bunch of kids next year. That is the word going around the school!!!
leroy

Jackson, TN

#33 Sep 1, 2011
sorry they
happy

Jackson, TN

#34 Sep 1, 2011
We have been out there for 4 yrs now...i too was feeling like it was just my child, so i began calling other parents from the school...it was not just my child, 9 that i know of are making failing grades still; these are honor roll students. Another child is in a different grade. Something needs to be done....
Nico

Jackson, TN

#35 Sep 2, 2011
When my child was at Jackson prep, the big selling point for me was their limited homework policy.... What happened?
Leroy

Jackson, TN

#36 Sep 2, 2011
It is not just your child happy it is several children in several classes!!
honor roll

Jackson, TN

#37 Sep 2, 2011
happy wrote:
We have been out there for 4 yrs now...i too was feeling like it was just my child, so i began calling other parents from the school...it was not just my child, 9 that i know of are making failing grades still; these are honor roll students. Another child is in a different grade. Something needs to be done....
If EVERY child in a class of 18 made honor roll.....what makes it such an honor?
bob

Jackson, TN

#38 Sep 2, 2011
????
Hmmm

Jackson, TN

#39 Sep 2, 2011
What is up with all this drama??
2 cents

Jackson, TN

#40 Sep 2, 2011
Yeah, I think if these parents would spend as much time helping their kids with their homework as they do on this website then their issues would be solved.

Every school gives homework. At least my kids' school does.
Concerned

Fort Collins, CO

#41 Sep 2, 2011
You are right, Nico... Jackson Prep had a limited homework policy. I just don't see the benefit of young kids spending 2-3 hours each night doing homework. They become frustrated & want to give up. I have researched this & nearly everything I've read says this much homework is detrimental to young kids. I'm not bashing any teachers. In fact, I've always supported the teachers. But I don't understand why so many kids are having trouble finishing class work and complaining about excessive homework. I just think everyone needs to take some time to re-evaluate what's best for these kids.
Parent at JPS

Jackson, TN

#42 Sep 2, 2011
My child goes to JPS and has for a few years. They are in the elementary school. The longest we've spent on homework is 45 minutes-1 hour and this includes our reading story and studying our spelling words. Most of the time, though, the homework is completed before they get home. Before you blame the teacher, you need to find out what your child is doing during their "study time." If they are choosing not to start on their homework and talk and play instead, then they will probably have a lot to finish at home. I see another parent is complaining because on top of the homework their child is also bringing home classwork that was not finished in class. If you don't want the class work sent home to be finished, then let the teacher take it up and mark wrong what is not finished at the end of the day.

This school is called a Preparatory school for a reason. I want my child to graduate and be ready for college. Did you not read the article in the paper a few weeks ago that said only 8% of JMCSS students were ready for college. That's insane. Why do you think so many Public School teachers in Jackson send their kids to the private schools? Its because they want their kids to be successful.

Please help your child in anyway you can. Getting the teachers to make it "easier" on them will hurt them in the long run.
happy

Jackson, TN

#43 Sep 2, 2011
happy in comment #28 and #30 is not the same person as in comment #34. just for clarification
Lack Manners

United States

#44 Sep 2, 2011
Prep school......bawhahahahahaha. If it is it is in name only. More like a larry the cable guy prep school. I still remember all their foul mouth, redneck parents at a middle school bb game last year. First encounter with JP and enough to never entertain any thought of sending my kids there.
bob

Jackson, TN

#45 Sep 3, 2011
To be clear, we are in touch with our child's teacher on a daily basis. We know his strengths & weaknesses, if & when he plays during class time, notes & corrections are made on work sent home daily... in other words, we are aware of what he does or doesn't do while he is at school. We work with him every single day on his homework. We don't feel like school should be easy on the kids at all. That isn't at all what we are arguing here. Nor are we saying that there shouldn't be homework sent home. All my wife & I are saying is that we feel that the amount of homework being sent home is too much. They do a lot during the day so having 3 hours more of the same work to do once they get home is just too much (especially for kids in grades 1-5). My child, too, seems to be getting frustrated. I feel if this was talked about more, people would find that it isn't "homework" that parents are against but the massive amount of homework that has suddenly been given this year that has us all confused and concerned.
To Lack Manners: I am going to disagree with your comment. I am sorry if a few may have misrepresented us but these are some of the nicest, most well mannered people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. The students are so well mannered that I have never had to open a door in the presence of a student and the students will always speak first, asking "How are you today?" Despite our differences, these parents and kids (or most I venture to say) have manners, grace, and class. I urge you to refrain from that type of judgement, & more importantly, refrain from those type of comments. What good will ever come from pointing out anything like that anyway?

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