Report on the news that matters to your community and don't let us miss a beat. Send in your stories and photos.
My Recent Comments
Article 11, Section 6 of the Arizona Constitution says: "The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible." The universities continue to add administrators and build big buildings, while completely disregarding the Constitution. The legislature and the Board of Regents have failed to maintain control. Now, they have done away with most of the scholarship support for outstanding Arizona students. This will increase funding, but it's a sure bet that tuition will not fall. The upshot is that less well-off students will be unable to attend and our best and brightest will go out of state for school, many never to return.11 months ago
I love these kinds of assertions: "Charter Schools do have their own problems. One is socialization. Few kids enjoy being driven to a charter school, leaving their immediate neighborhood friends behind."
Where is the support for these statements? I have three boys in Basis Scottsdale: one going into 10th grade; one into 9th; and one in 8th. They love the school and have many friends. challenge any adult to meet them and conclude that "socialization" is a problem for any of them. Sure, its a different environment than the large Scottsdale middle schools and high schools. Sports are not emphasized. Bullying is not a problem. Many of the kids are nerds and proud of it. But that does not mean that they are not socialized. I submit that my boys will be better "socialized: to succeed in the 21st century with two years of college AP credits and five years of Mandarin than the average Scottsdale graduate.
As to driving ... I'm in a car pool with two other parents. That's six kids. It's about 45 minutes round trip, twice a day, plus after-school driving for activities. Yes the school bus would be easier for us, but we all enjoy our car time together.
I'm just glad that we have a choice here in Arizona. Further, competition with the charters like Basis and Great Hearts is forcing the traditional school systems to improve their schools.Aug 5, 2011