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Old 04-02-2007, 10:12 PM   #21
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Sometimes there are other options too. My younger son was able to go to the school where I work which is really excellent rather than the ones where we live which are mediocre at best. So he drove with me from preschool through the beginning of senior year of HS, we got to spend time together. The biggest challenge is the values of the district where I work, just a lot of kids with too much money and too much time. The teacher parking lot has old Hondas and Ford Escorts and the student lot has Porches, BMWs. Mercedes and even more exotic cars.
But the teachers are good and his high school band goes on trips to Europe & China. There is some ethnic diversity-rich folks of all types.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:33 AM   #22
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Frankly I like schools that have students whose parents are professors. Professor's don't earn a lot but they care a lot about education.

IMHO schools with parents who are too busy earning a living (at both ends of the economic spectrum) to play an important role in the lives of their children have students who aren't paying attention to the business at hand, and who often are involved in drugs (be they consumers or sellers).
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Frankly I like schools that have students whose parents are professors. Professor's don't earn a lot but they care a lot about education.
This can certainly be the case, but where I live this makes the school system entirely too competitive, both socially and academically. I work at the University, but we chose to live outside of the school district where most of the professors live. My district has a lot of parents that are university staff (and some professors). They care, but it's not over the top.
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Won't argue there. My SIL teaches at such a HS. He contends that it is more difficult for a good student to stand out academically, and they lack experience in activities that require teamwork to be successful. His school actually has a racial demographic that makes it difficult for others to compete.

There is no perfect solution. Parent's should not out-source their child's education, the school is just a piece of the puzzle.
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I happen to be in a professor-parent rich school district. Definitely a plus. Big focus on academics and education. Looking back, tons of my friends in HS were children of professors at the local state U. Almost all very high-acheiving students.

Also came in handy to walk into class on the first day or into the dept. head's office and say "I'm good friends with your son/daughter!". Easier to meet-n-greet and get to know professors that way (especially when there are 499 other students in the class with you).

In my dilemma of mediocre neighborhood base school vs. excellent magnet school, I noticed the educational level of the parents were starkly different. 75% of magnet school parents have 4 year degrees, 25% have graduate/professional/advanced degrees. Contrast that with 14% of parents having 4 yr degrees and zero having graduate/professional/advanced degrees at the neighborhood base school. I bet a lot of the professors send their kids to the magnet school...

One proxy for how much importance parents place on education is the level of their own educational attainment. I'm afraid that the 86% of parents with less than a 4 yr degree at the neighborhood school may not have education at the top of their priority list for their kids.

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One proxy for how much importance parents place on education is the level of their own educational attainment. I'm afraid that the 86% of parents with less than a 4 yr degree at the neighborhood school may not have education at the top of their priority list for their kids.
Yes and no, IMHO. It may be that the parent's didn't have the opportunity or dropped out for other reasons (like Bill Gates who was the child of a teacher and a lawyer). There are a lot of parents who are technicians and are in jobs that require ongoing professional development. The core issue is what the parents value and their expectations for their children.
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I happen to be in a professor-parent rich school district. Definitely a plus. Big focus on academics and education. Looking back, tons of my friends in HS were children of professors at the local state U. Almost all very high-acheiving students.

Also came in handy to walk into class on the first day or into the dept. head's office and say "I'm good friends with your son/daughter!". Easier to meet-n-greet and get to know professors that way (especially when there are 499 other students in the class with you).

In my dilemma of mediocre neighborhood base school vs. excellent magnet school, I noticed the educational level of the parents were starkly different. 75% of magnet school parents have 4 year degrees, 25% have graduate/professional/advanced degrees. Contrast that with 14% of parents having 4 yr degrees and zero having graduate/professional/advanced degrees at the neighborhood base school. I bet a lot of the professors send their kids to the magnet school...

One proxy for how much importance parents place on education is the level of their own educational attainment. I'm afraid that the 86% of parents with less than a 4 yr degree at the neighborhood school may not have education at the top of their priority list for their kids.

Good god man just go to the local walmart and watch the way parents are around their children!

I will say this again the morons who mated and had children are well everyplace. That said yes it would be better to send your child to a good magnet school good private school or MOVE!
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