A place for parents educating their kids in San Francisco
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Thank you, Kate. I think this will at least begin the process of bringing the blog back to life. But, as I've posted before, I'm afraid that the most valuable posts have been anonymous ones. People dont' want to post non-anonymously, even as easy as you make it here. It just doesn't seem that there's any way to throw the dirty bath water without also throwing out the baby here!
Thanks, Kate. I am sad what the trolls have done to this blog, which was such a great resource. I visited it in the past, but this is the year we are actually in the midst of the kindergarten-search process, and I'd love to gain wisdom from your other readers and contributors. It's worth a shot. So thanks!
This blog made me aware of the SF kindergarten scene. Good resource, even though you do have to take the good with the bad. And a good community developed here. You created something here Kate, a shame to lose it.I agree with Joseph - the ability to post anonymously, or with pseudonyms is better for honest participation. May I suggest an alternative commenting system: Disqus. I was reading this thread on Google's Blogger support forum:http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=010751e18877f914&hl=enAppears there may be IP address blocking you can institute. One way to handle persistent trolls.
I hope this year's bloggers will continue to post even if there is not a lot of discussion or commentary from readers. I think it's helpful to read about people's choices, experiences, decision making processes, and outcomes.
I agree with MKH. My son is only 21 months old so we aren't applying for a few more years, but I'd like to start learning about the process early and this blog seems like a great place to start. My friend who got her daughter into a Spanish immersion school in Bernal Heights two years ago also consulted this blog when they were applying. My friend says her daughter likes the school she's in (which wasn't their top choice), but my friend & her partner, who are both teachers, feel the curriculum is very dull and uninspiring so they are looking into a Spanish immersion school that has an arts focus. Again, I'm new to this whole process so I don't know the names of the schools. Our tenant is also a teacher employed with SF Unified to do staff development training for Spanish immersion/bilingual teachers.
For newshoots: Keep in mind that the curriculum is city-wide, so we cannot blame public schools for its relative dullness and lack of inspiration (though great teachers might be able to give it a more interesting spin). Sorry if you already knew thing, but when I found out about this, I was a bit surprised. Somebody correct me if I misunderstood that. This is one of our main reasons for choosing immersion (Cantonese in our case). It makes school more interesting and a bit more challenging, which is a great thing in my eyes. I consider school a way for learning patience, consistent work habits, and social skills and for gaining familiarity with how institutions work and feel that academics mostly happen at home, with school as additional practice ground and second perspective. Good for you for getting informed early. Though some of the policies might change by the time your son is ready, I found it helpful to be prepared and well-informed (our daughter had just turned one, when I attended the first elementary school fair, just to see what all the buzz was about). Good luck with everything!
Correction to the above: "Sorry if you already knew THIS" (though I hope that the new registration policies on this board keep the spelling police in check...):-)
How about a Twitter length cut-off for length of post?How about also a limit of one post per day?Time, place, and manner regulation.Content is a separate issue.
Ignore the troll.
We can all ignore one per day of limited length. I agree with Tina. And I shall follow this SF K code of conduct.
Keep in mind that the curriculum is city-wide, so we cannot blame public schools for its relative dullness and lack of inspiration.It's true that SFUSD buys curricula for the district as a whole, but it's not true that those curricula are used with fidelity at all school sites. There's a lot of variation, and teachers and schools have a great deal of leeway. Everyone is accountable to teaching the state standards, but school sites are otherwise quite free.Families who are interested in curricula choices should ask at school sites about what programs are used and how/if grade levels decide to supplement or rework them.
I think, at the beginning, Kate should let us post with no restrictions on length or frequency. Then, if Kate feels it is needed, throw out a yellow penalty flag to limit length and frequency of comments.
Let Freedom Reign!!! I'm happy to see the First Amendment now has respect. Calling people trolls is a way to shut up people you disagree with, it's a catch word defined by the one in power. It's like calling someone a socialist or a communist or a racist, it's designed to limit free speech, not enhance it. I'm glad we are now free again in the US of A.