WE ALL LIKE IT WHEN THE KIDS ARE DIVERSE BUT THEIR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THE SAME AND THAT’S WHAT COSTS MONEY

As parents, we don’t want our kids to live in a bubble. We want them in amongst faces of different shades, experiencing perspectives of different cultures, and learning modern society’s Golden Rule: tolerance. In short, diversity is good for everyone involved.

And make no mistake, Marin is diverse.

Apart from the full gamut of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, the students of Marin cover the economic spectrum as well. You may be surprised to learn that underprivileged kids make up almost 25% of the student body in the county.*

Their resources are limited. But we all agree, their opportunities should not be.

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Date posted: May 31, 2012

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HEY BUSINESSES: MAYBE A DONATION NOW MEANS LESS FIVE-FINGER DISCOUNTS IN THE FUTURE?

It’s no surprise that better education leads to less crime. But when the state cuts the budget, schools are forced to make cuts as well. There goes music, art, teachers, guidance counselors, technology programs, and there goes the after-school sports programs. You know, the very things that keep kids on the right path and out of trouble. The kind of trouble that adds up to a discrepancy in your drawer at the end of the day.

Luckily, we have a plan. And you can help us. We’re SchoolsRule. The first legitimate cross-county organization in Marin to collaborate with every school district. Our mission is to improve education for every single kid in Marin. That’s why all donations are divided on a per-student basis and distributed evenly throughout the county. So one donation from you will help all of Marin.

We’re focused on three key initiatives: literacy, technology and the arts. Three key areas that are crucial for developing communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Which also happen to be three key skills that are crucial for your summer employees to have.

Join us by making a donation to SchoolsRule. Together we’ll produce more happy, well-rounded, well-adjusted members of society. And a few less loiterers.

 

Date posted: May 22, 2012

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MAYBE THE STATE THINKS ALL THAT BABY MOZART YOU PLAYED YOUR CHILD IN THE WOMB QUALIFIES AS A MUSIC EDUCATION

As parents, we do everything we can to give our kids a leg up. Even before their eyes see the light of day. We read to them, talk to them and grace their still-developing ears with music from the greats.

And according to the state, that’s enough. Any sort of musical education outside of the first nine months of life is unnecessary. Because when the state slashes funding for public schools, what do you think is the first thing to go? Music and art. And Marin is no exception with $55 million slashed from our budget.

But there’s a way to continue to foster creativity in our kids after they are in the hands of the public school system. SchoolsRule – a coalition of business leaders, community leaders, educators, parents, seniors and even folks who generally have nothing to do with kids. Our mission is to help provide a well-rounded education for every single kid in Marin. And bringing back the arts is just one of our goals.

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Date posted: May 16, 2012

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YOUR KID IS GREAT

YOUR KID IS WONDERFUL

BUT IF WE ALL JUST FOCUS ON HIM, HE’LL GROW UP IN A PRETTY LOUSY COMMUNITY

This great nation of ours was founded on individualism. But sometimes we get a tad too carried away with that notion. After all, other than Garfunkel (or maybe it was Simon), no one is an island. People reach their true potentials in communities.

School is no different.

As a parent, we’re probably all guilty of having this line of thinking at one point or another: First find the right school, then push for the right teacher (which is quickly followed by hoping we get the right kids in our class, with the so-called “difficult” ones in the other). But what if all the schools were “the right school”? That is to say, what if every public school in town, or even the county, were good enough for your child to go to?
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Date posted: May 11, 2012

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WHERE IS IT ACCEPTABLE FOR INEQUALITY TO EXIST?

A. MY CLASS
B. MY SCHOOL
C. MY DISTRICT
D. MY COUNTY

If you answered – “Where on Earth is inequality ever acceptable, and why are we even talking about inequality in the first place when I live in Marin?” – you’re correct.

Even though we live in the land of the perfectly poured latte, where it’s easier to find a flawlessly cut piece of sashimi than a piece of litter on the ground, we also live in a county where there’s inequality. In fact, almost 25% of all students in Marin are underprivileged.* That’s probably more than you thought.

But, we have a plan. Of course we have a plan. We wouldn’t point out such a horrific problem without a plan. And this plan is a good one.

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Date posted: May 8, 2012

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