Saturday, September 14, 2013
API v. Other stuff
I tend to believe that parents who care about API believe all thoughtful, concerned parents also care about API. I have so many parents start school conversations by mentioning API. I will feign like I care, no point in expressing views I wasn't asked about. I read a Washington Post article and I liked this part: Ranking schools is a disservice because it short-circuits the process of discovering what really counts — whether or not any individual school is a perfect match for a particular child in terms of engagement, academic programming, level of academic rigor, extracurricular offerings, etc. Rankings don’t help families narrow down or synthesize the information that matters to them; rankings trick people into thinking some criteria matter more than they should. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class-struggle/post/private-schools-leader-vs-me/2012/07/11/gJQAPWP8dW_blog.html I like the above writing because it captures my feelings on finding a school that fits. Lots of parents are consumed with API scores. If my child is learning, I don't care about the high or how low the scores. I do not get what is so satisfying about test scores. I don't want or need a house in a high performing district. Tuition is cheaper than oppressive property tax and mortgage. A home in a good district probably comes with a mortgage of $1-2 million. That would be property tax of $15 to 20k each year. Tuition is cheaper and it ends. But even if we had such money to burn on taxes, private schools suits our needs better. I wanted recess, I didn't want the testing pressure put on kids or teachers, I wanted a school that let kids have water and snacks at their desk, like real people get to do. Mr A attended private and he wanted his kids to do the same. Rankings were not what I was concerned about. I think parental support determine more than the school, so my list of important factors are not tied to rankings. For some reason my father decided to tell me to buy a house in a city that lies inside of oakland. I would love to have a house in that city but not for the schools but for location, and because the crime there is nearly non-existent. It's amazing how a city that sits inside of Oakland can have almost no crime, when Oakland is lawless. The price not to live in oakland but to be smack in Oakland is high. I saw a 2 bedroom sell for $1.2 million last month. My father did not bother to ask me my preferences. He focused on API scores and figured I did too. I listened politely because I doubt my views mattered to him. Anyway, I am okay with folks wanting what they want for their kids, but it's annoying when people assume I don't have a plan for my kids. I planned my kids and I have a plan for them. I sorta feel like people think black people do not plan their children and therefore need guidance in planning for those kids.