Moms for more taxes
“I look around my neighborhood and see the smaller kids and say, 'If I'm able to do something to help, how can I turn my back?' ”
You could call them the Override Moms - politically powerful suburban women who lobby for property tax increases to pay for teachers, new schools, and better classroom gear for their school-aged children. via The Boston Globe
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#1 Mar 7, 2008
What these moms have yet to acknowledge is the limitations MCAS imparts on true growth - limited to no recess or extra curricular and sports activities is a small but obvious start at understanding why your bright child is not being challenged, not encouraged, not recognized as "who they are". Rather, taught to conform first to achive acceptable MCAS results.
Teachers are reviewed on MCAS results, schools recive funding based on MCAS.
Schools incur huge legal fess defedning their special needs budgets so as to conform to MCAS... you see, kids that need help can skew MCAS results, So a school may not dare let them take the same test. better to place and label them special needs...(in a whisper, just put them in SPED - we can move everyone else along.)
Is MCAS really working? No child left behind? Hmm, children hidden, ignored, pushed through?
MCAS promotes a "process the masses" approach to .... I can't even say it's education.
Those who can, certainly will send their kids to private school toady in MA. THere is hope of a real education there.
More likely those increasingly unable to finance private school are families stuck with a teach-to-the-test society. THey are becomming less complacent as they become more aware and less able to provide. So, these moms move to wealthy towns strongly asserting the value of the "public schools" Oh Really?
Wealthy towns passes MCAS better by minimal margins and are proud why? Do these results suggest wealthy town kids are more regimentally focused - less individual - less able to think for themselves - grilled by parents to achieve at all costs and the school to conform?
In Cohasset, 62% of our property taxes go to education. Nonetheless,a private group of "Moms" (Dads too) raises many thousands annually to supplement lacking school budgets.
This effort is not enough.
Seniors and singles - really aren't interested in spending 62% of their tax dollars for schooling of kids they will never know - unless they come knocking on the door selling candy or raffle tickets - sorry, more tax increases not motivated here.
Those that can afford - or willingly liquidate retiirement funds ets.,- will send their children to private school. SO, go away, I vote NO more taxes!
In a private setting your child has, at the very least, the opportunity to learn academically, socially, spiritually about convention, society, individuality, leadership/conformance... with the ability to discover oneself and thrive.
In MA today, you must do everything you can to go private for your children - the return on investment is eternally far reaching.
#2 Apr 8, 2008
I teach at the college level where much teaching is to remedy the ill-prepared result of our public educational system. Fellow students often voice their concerns as: "I don't know how this or that student got admitted."
I served 2 terms as school committee member. MCAS is the result of education reform. If education is a priority we must require funding at the state level. Instead state funding goes into multi-million dollar buildings. Buildings do not educate.
Demand that our state governor and legislature fund operating budgets more meaningfully, instead of dividing seniors, moms, etc. It takes a village to bring up our children properly. One point of view seldom optimizes use of scarce resources.
Maria Montessori, who developed a model for early childhood education that is used in many exclusive private schools today, developed that method for very poor children.
Let's maximize student learning by learning to work together ourselves.
#3 Apr 9, 2008
The Teachers are not interested to teaching children either....only looking out for themselves..PERIOD!!!!
#4 Apr 9, 2008
True. A close friend, pursuing her masters in education is appalled at the stories fellow students share. For example, the 4th grader in Hanover who will be passed up to 5th grade because the teacher is not allowed to recommend certain evaluations. The parents can ask, but the teachers cant recommend (shhh, budget ya know). If the parents dont know to ask, they wont ask, therefore the town doesnt have to provide .
Oh yes, the 4the grader cant read, so she qualifies for a special exemption from the MCAS HUH? Yeah, she doesnt take the test. Good, the towns pass rate is not affected, budget for testing and evaluation and special services preserved. Who is looking out for the child? The parents think she is fine, teacher hasnt indicated a need for special tests or services (because teacher cant). Teacher too is pursuing masters to get to a place where s/he can actually teach, can actually recommend necessary help.
Teachers are evaluated on their MCAS pass scores -not on how well they truly "teach" children. Teachers in MA no longer relate academic facts to real life. No connections to reality beyond the test. No wonder our best teachers leave.
Then, when Lou gets them in college, they are not prepared to think for themselves or make independent assessments of anything. Logic, applied logic - huh? Rather, Duh? Reading?
To provide a good education for your child in MA today, you must do everything possible to find an "alternative solution". Find a Charter School, a Montessori school is ideal even if only for the first pre-school years as it sets a solid base of respect, confidence and character at the individual childs pace. Private school is necessary if your child is smarter than average in math, languages or both.
Final note: Town doesn't really matter - wealthier towns have more money, and have figured out how to classify more kids as special needs - and NEVER EVER let them grow out of that classification (more public funding ya know). Look at the recent Cohasset story about the 13 year old who no longer needed special services - family sued, had lots of professionals saying he didn't need the "special" label any more. Family lost. Family now has to move or fund private school.
Not too proud to be in Cohasset these days.
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