Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For those of you who listened to this morning's Forum program on NPR--all I can say is that it was not easy. I'm feeling as if everything I said was wrong. When a caller phoned to say that she had been assigned to De Avila and that the school needs a play structure, my response was something along the lines of "Stop complaining! You need to get that playground built! Parents can do it" I'm sorry if I came off as insensitive. I would have preferred to explain this in much more compassionate, empathetic terms, but you have to understand that Scott Schafer was signaling at me to hurry up and make my point asap. What I should have said is that I know how it feels to not get into one of your seven schools. I know that it's hard and I can't imagine how scared you must feel. But you might want to consider going to this new school because it sounds like a great opportunity and there's a real opportunity for you here to be a part of a community that will build a school from the ground up. And I can go on and on about things that I should have said. I'm not a professional spokesperson. Rather I'm just a parent who loves her school and who wants others to realize that S.F. public schools are great. Unfortunately, we have to go through the Student Assignment System to get into a school and this is a very tough, complicated, emotional process. It's not easy to be a cheerleader for public schools when you have to talk about the very controversial assignment process at the same time.