Confusion & Frustration

  1. Okay, there are things going on in my community that bring to mind a couple of the ongoing discussions in this forum. This is why I'm posting this here. If the wonderful mods of this BB see fit to move, hey, I'm okay with that!

    I live in a moderately-sized city in the South. We have many issues to deal with, one of them being education. I'm frequently frustrated at the lack of accountability of our education administration...but that's another topic in & of itself.

    My daughter began school last year at a brand-new magnet school that focuses on classical studies. First year of school...everyone's on an equal playing field. Part of why I chose this school is because the Principal apparently had such a good working relationship with the faculty & staff at his previous school that all of the kindergarten, 1st grade, & a couple of other teachers & staff went through the application process to come to this school (an inner-city school) from the other school (which was a "suburban" school). The Principal & much of the faculty are caucasians. It was a very successful first year. The school will receive >$200,000 in grants this year due to his efforts.

    Last month, I heard through the media that this Principal had been moved to a school 15 miles from ours...and probably 25-30 miles from his previous one. It will receive ~$2,000 in grant money this year. Our Principal, who had a 5-year plan for the school, was replaced by someone with a skin tone that the "community" thought found acceptable...who has zero experience as a Principal. I've confirmed the information independently. It's for real.

    I feel like I've been tricked. I believe that the faculty was tricked as well. Get us all invested in this new school & then pull the rug out from under us. I've heard really good things about the new Principal & I don't care what color anyone is...but I do care that this was totally racially motivated by the county administration.

    So, my question to you, my fellow nurses is this: how can I teach my daughter tolerance & to only judge others by the content of their character when this principle is so BLATENTLY ignored by TPTB of the educational kingdom of my county?

    Thanks for bearing with me.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   SharonH, RN
    Just keep doing what you have been doing, that's what my parents had to do and that's what I have to do. Oh and give the new guy a chance, he might surprise you.
    Last edit by SharonMH31 on Jul 21, '03
  4. by   eltrip
    That's exactly what I plan to do this school year. I am hoping that the faculty doesn't jump ship en masse by the end of the school year, though (I've got the feeling that I'm not the only one feeling betrayed). We may have to go the private school route in that case.

    I've had a long-standing concern with the quality of education offered in this area...and this state. I wasn't educated here, thank goodness, but my daughter's father was. He is a prime example of poor teaching & curriculum. It's becoming my mission to change this...a long-term investment that I'm willing to wait upon for the payoff.
  5. by   jnette
    Originally posted by eltrip

    I've had a long-standing concern with the quality of education offered in this area...and this state. I wasn't educated here, thank goodness, but my daughter's father was. He is a prime example of poor teaching & curriculum. It's becoming my mission to change this...a long-term investment that I'm willing to wait upon for the payoff.
    Woooooot ! You GO, Eltrip ! Good for you !

    And I'm with Sharon, too... give the new guy a chance !
  6. by   maureeno
    how I yearn for the days of the neighborhood school!
    in Seattle we have 'choice'
    but what what you choose
    can change
    and usually does
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    The lousy schools here are why I choose

    to keep the kids home and educate them.

    It's all about choice, after all and I can't change a tide by myself, a lone voice in the wind. So I just have to do what I can for my kids.

    Eltrip, I hope this new principal does well for your school.I agree, give the guy a chance before you make any decisions or judgments. Good luck to you and your kids!!!!
  8. by   eltrip
    Thanks, y'all, for your support!

    By the way, the new "guy" is a gal.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I hope she works out eltrip. Best wishes.
  10. by   Brownms46
    Sorry to hear about the problems you're having eltrip, and I agree about your feeling betrayed. But I do hope this new principal works out, everyone's sake..

    Heyyy maureeno I didn't know you were in Seattle!
  11. by   VickyRN
    BTW, I homeschooled my children for many years... NC schools were 49th in the nation at the time... just wasn't too impressed. Just know if this scenario does not work out because of the betrayal of trust, there are many options available, homeschooling being one.

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