Thursday, December 27, 2012

Public Vs. Private

I've been wondering for a while why people spend so very much money on private schools (you can spend $35,000/year on a private ELEMENTARY school around here).  I've tutored a lot of kids from private schools and they vary just as much as public schools.  There are some very, very good public schools and some not safe or not good ones.  There are some very, very good private schools and there are some with totally inept teachers and laissez-faire curricula that have given me significant amounts of work trying to catch kids up from 6+ years of these schools.  In fact, at least in California, the official criteria for teachers is more stringent in public school than private.

So, why do people continue to pay for private school instead of sending their kids to the really good public schools that are often really close by. 

I found a good explanation here.  If you're paying the money, you have a vested interest.  Read it; very interesting.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A Wonderful Story

That's the name that my student gave to this exerpt she wrote in her 8th grade creative writing class.  I think it sums up writer's block quite well.

Trying to Write

I held the pen in my hand. The feel of the clean, smooth surface of the wood against my skin. I stared at the blank crisp sheet of pure white paper, which sat on my desk waiting to fill. My mind is blank as always. I could never think, it was as if my ideas float away out of my mind and into the world to get blown away. Crumpled sheets of paper litter the floor with my dark blue pen marks on it.