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.
Date posted: June 2, 2011
Big and Small
It’s not a haberdashery
it’s your school system.
The public school system in Marin is unique. It’s both big and small at the same time. Magic? No. Effective and efficient? Yes.
It all boils down to one thing. The kids.
When a small school system is good for the kids, ours is small. Marin is incredibly diverse, thankfully, and each community has different needs. That’s why we have 19 different districts that cater to the individual needs of the families and students in those districts. And what’s good for one district is not necessarily good for another, so it benefits the students to have an organization looking out for their needs on a local level.
Date posted: May 31, 2011
A statistical analysis of the state’s approach to public education
- 1970 The well-rounded child.
- 2010 The wedge child.
Ah, the ol’ Wedge Kid. Pretty well-versed in a couple of subjects. Not the most expansive field of opportunities in his or her future. And you wouldn’t want to get trapped next to a grown-up one at a dinner party.
How does a Wedge Child come into being? It’s simple. First, the state cuts education budgets so drastically that all kinds of subjects and programs simply get eliminated. That narrows the kid’s exposure to the wider world right there.
Then, something miserable happens. Read More
Date posted: May 26, 2011
Don’t judge a school by the number of German sedans in its parking lot.
It’s an honest mistake, actually. We all tend to equate affluent neighborhoods and towns with well-funded public schools. It’s just not the case
The state has cut over $55 million in funding for schools, and let’s be clear about something – the state does not discriminate between town budgets. They all get hacked.
So we find ourselves in a position where public education simply isn’t free, and communities have to bridge the gap between what the state pays for and what it actually costs to put teachers in classrooms. Now you can imagine that the problem is compounded in communities where resources are tighter. But the issue is not theirs alone. Read More
Date posted: May 24, 2011