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Thu, 02-21-2013 - 8:38pm

Seems like there are a lot of new posters, introductions?.....

-what does your poster name mean?

-what is your favorite room in your house?

-what is your favorite sandwich?

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:22pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Hostility is your word, Debates do get heated and that goes both ways Bord. Like I said, I hope/think we all do what's best for our children.   The validation some need however shows it's ugly face now and then, Lol, As if raising kids and where we send them off to school and college is a popularity contest. </p>

There are those who choose to keep score because they find offense in other peoples decisions, when there is none, sometimes different is just different.  Stop keeping score.

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:24pm
I have never figured out what "the place" of NCLB-type testing actually is. Seriously, I haven't seen anything good, and a whole lot that's bad, come out of the testing culture.
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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:25pm
"Also ato add the conviction that school success really isn't about the school but the kid.. " Am I the only one who doesn't understand what this means? IMO, a successful school is one in which the students are engaged, learning, and having a positive learning experience. My youngest is in kindy. My biggest concern this year has been if she's enjoying school. Because if she loves school, she's more likely to love learning. And if she loves learning--in my mind, the battle is won. Grades are important to me, both for myself and the kids. But I want the grades to reflect their effort and ability. I expect As from DS b/c his ability is at that level. DD won't get grades until 4th grade, so at this point I don't know what I expect from her. But I've said that since I expect As from DS, I expect them from myself as well. Parents who take credit for their kids' academic success bug me. I didn't earn DS's grades any more than he earned my 4.0 last semester. His accomplishments are all his, not mine.

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:25pm

Differences are beautiful.  ;)

Or something like that, lol.

 

 

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:26pm

I don't know what public education was like in the olden days b/c I didn't grow up in them but I do think our country faired better then than now.  Why is that IYO? 

 


 


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Registered: 11-14-2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:34pm

To me, a sudden change is grades (either up or down) is more indicitive than the actual grade.  When my son's grades dropped in middle school (from As to B's) it signaled that he was stretching himself, and trying more difficult things than he had in the past and taking some risks.  The drop in his grades was actually a huge personal step forward for him.  Things have since tapered off and his grades are consistently A's again.... We are pushing him to poush himself a bit and take more challenging classes next year.

My other son's grades dropped a bit last year, when he changed schools.  He was bored, and stopped doing the work (the new school was about three weeks behind the old school and the work was repetitive).  As soon as new material was introduced, son re-engaged and his grades went back up.

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:34pm

"The validation some need however shows it's ugly face now and then, Lol, ..."

Jam, I think the that has more to do with other people's bad assumptions.

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:34pm
" As if raising kids and where we send them off to school and college is a popularity contest" It isn't a popularity contest, but it is easily one of the most critical parenting decisions we make and certainly the ramifications of it last forever. And if you don't think where your kids go to college matter, ask a corporate recruiter if it matters. And if you don't think colleges are influenced by where your kids attend elementary/middle/high school, I suggest you talk to some college recruiters, particularly at competitive schools. It absolutely matters. Thus far, we're very happy with our neighborhood public school. It is an excellent school and a great fit for the kids. But I'd be lying if I said we haven't discussed private high school for DS. He is very bright and if he wants to go to, say, MIT, he's going to need a HS experience that our large suburban public school isn't going to provide. Or, said tactlessly, MIT is more likely to accept him if he comes out of one of the private college prep schools. So we're keeping our options open. That's what is in his best interest right now.

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:37pm

Because we didn't helicopter parent our kids. We let kids make mistakes and learn from them, as opposed to doing everything for them and micromanaging their lives--lest they suffer from failure. I know waaaay too many parents who internalize their child's success and failures. So if the kid screws up, the parents screwed up. Which means the parents want to keep the kid from screwing up at all costs. It is ridiculous. And also, teachers were allowed to teach things like critical thinking and writing skills, as opposed to teaching to the test. That's the difference.

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Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:39pm

Middle school is going to be interesting next year. I'm a bit nervous...I don't think it is going to be the breeze that elementary school has been. DS is certainly going to struggle w/the increased homework...

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