Tuesday, September 09, 2008

well, i like blake's new school

and trust me when i tell you, that's a good thing.

he started a new school this year since we bought the house and it's in a new city and stuff. i didn't realize (even subconsciously) how much blake's school would affect how i felt about where we live. but holy crap! going to his open house... hearing the principal talk.. the guest speakers.. and meeting his teachers- i just walked out of there feeling SO positive about it all. they emphasized that the school didn't focus on "the test" (for those of you who don't know, the schools are all about the california star test.. from the beginning of the year to the end- it's all about getting a good score on the standardized test, so that the school can get more money). anyway, he said they are not about the test. recognized it's importance, but also didn't think it was the ONLY important thing. they have a music program where the kids will learn how to play the guitar, the drums, the piano, etc. they just bought a kiln so the kids can make things, do art, etc. it just was really awesome. just felt more well rounded and fun- exciting and stuff (for him)... which i think at this level, it's what it should be about. school should still be fun, you know?

everything about it was really family oriented.. community driven. i don't know how to explain it other than the fact that i walked out of there wondering why the hell we even bothered living in the other city the past 2 years when this place is so much more us. it also made me realize that the school he had been attending the last 2 years just lacked in so many ways. that school needs to take a lesson from this one. seriously. it could learn a few things (or a few thousand).

i feel happier in general being here now. like blake's school made that much of a difference in regards to how i feel about living in an entire city. i dunno, i guess i just find it weird? or eye opening? or shocking? or something. i don't know. all i do know is that i didn't expect it.

(next thing you know i'll be writing about how awful the school is and i'll want to take this whole post back... lol)

8 comments:

Issas Crazy World said...

A good school, feeling like your son is getting a good education and having fun while doing it, well that's an important thing. Makes a move seem worth it.

Heinous said...

It makes it a whole lot easier. My son loves school and it makes life a lot easier knowing that he's going to a good place and won't tussle over going every morning.

carrie said...

A good school makes all the difference in the world. Kudos to them for seeing the importance of, but not making it the focus (those stupid standardized tests - here we have the WASL).

Anissa Mayhew said...

My kids love their school, and it makes me feel like this is something good we can do for them. We have them in a private school so they don't have to take the stupid F-Cat (florida's version of dumbass test) and that takes a huge stress off. There were kids diagnosed with ulcers from the stress of the testing. GEEZ!

Alison said...

Blake's school has a good API score, which means that even though they don't focus on the test, the students are where they should be. And they're having fun too! Go art! Go music!

Neurotic Grad Student said...

I teach at a performing arts high school and while the focus on academics isn't super high and the test scores are low to prove it, I appreciate that the kids have an outlet for physical activity in their school day. There's something about having kids who come in from a dance class who have had physical activity in their day that just makes me happy as a person.

SLynnRo said...

One of the benefits of remaining childless is that I don't have to think about school districts. Which is good, because I hear my friends talk about it and GAH!

Jerri Ann said...

Hey, I don't know if you are familiar with one of my blogs, Mom is Teaching, but it is not about homeschooling any longer. It is about homeschooling, public schools, parenting and any other authority figure that should serve to educate our children.

We've been discussing some of the pros and cons of all facets as well as good schools/bad schools and teaching the test kinds of things. I'd love it if you would drop by for a few and check us out and share your good news about your son's school.

www.momisteaching.com