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School within a school

Postby pastrybot » Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:18 am UTC

As you might be able to tell from one of my previous posts, I go to high school at a 'school within a school'. We have a main high school with about ~3000 people (IIRC) and then a small school that started this year with about 130 people, which is focused on more international and global studies. I'll call the main high school the "big school" and the international-focused one the "small school".

Since this is our first year of this school, everything's been quite a wild ride, including some issues between the big school and small school. First, upon some parents hearing of our more lenient grading policies, they got quite angry and started criticizing us and trying to get something done. One even threatened to get us shut down. Second, now that we have evened out grading policies, parents from the big school are still (for reasons that escape me) are trying to get the small school shut down - possibly because of our international focus, we can get outside funding from the State Department. Fun. One even brought in a lawyer.

So, being a student, what the heck can I do to insert a little bit of common sense? As this is mostly a parent/administration fight, I'm not too sure how much, but one can wish.
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Re: School within a school

Postby blackrose » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:32 am UTC

Parents will always be adverse to special programs for the gifted or talented. I'm not sure what the requirements of this "small school" are, but I think that some parents are probably peeved that their child doesn't want to or cannot intellectually partake in this opportunity. It's a shame that some parents will want to drag down students that are taking part of a special program, especially in it's first year when the courses are first being established.

A similar thing happened at my middle school regarding the gifted program. There used to be a "gifted class" period for those who were in the gifted program. It was a really cool class that let you study some of the more interesting science, politics, history, and linguistical topics apart from the general curriculum. Unfortunately some parents of more mediocre students that wanted their children to take the class got peeved. There was a shitstorm of controversy which led to lowering of standards for the gifted program and a curve of IQ tests. They eliminated the class because it was pointless. It's a frakking shame.

As for what to do: Be outspoken. Make yourself heard. Write something for your school newspaper. Write to your local newspaper. Talk to your parents and make them be outspoken at PTA meetings. Send letters to the school board, your local government and state government. Definately pass their responses along to the people in charge. Get your friends involved to do this as well. It's amazing what a few letters and phone calls can do if you show that your are passionate about something. It elicits a big response from older people when younger people are interested and excited about a cause, especially education.
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Re: School within a school

Postby pastrybot » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:07 am UTC

The funny thing is that there is barely any entry requirement for the little school.

All it takes is non-failing grades, an essay or two, filling out a form, and you're most likely in. The only issue you'd probably run into is a cap on the number of people who get admitted, and we're three under the 130 student cap this year. No reason why others couldn't get in.

blackrose wrote:Parents will always be adverse to special programs for the gifted or talented. I'm not sure what the requirements of this "small school" are, but I think that some parents are probably peeved that their child doesn't want to or cannot intellectually partake in this opportunity. It's a shame that some parents will want to drag down students that are taking part of a special program, especially in it's first year when the courses are first being established.

A similar thing happened at my middle school regarding the gifted program. There used to be a "gifted class" period for those who were in the gifted program. It was a really cool class that let you study some of the more interesting science, politics, history, and linguistical topics apart from the general curriculum. Unfortunately some parents of more mediocre students that wanted their children to take the class got peeved. There was a shitstorm of controversy which led to lowering of standards for the gifted program and a curve of IQ tests. They eliminated the class because it was pointless. It's a frakking shame.

As for what to do: Be outspoken. Make yourself heard. Write something for your school newspaper. Write to your local newspaper. Talk to your parents and make them be outspoken at PTA meetings. Send letters to the school board, your local government and state government. Definately pass their responses along to the people in charge. Get your friends involved to do this as well. It's amazing what a few letters and phone calls can do if you show that your are passionate about something. It elicits a big response from older people when younger people are interested and excited about a cause, especially education.
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