"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Opt-Out Parent in NJ: . . . the "nice" strategy got me nowhere


Posted at Opt Out of the State Test:
Jean Schutt McTavishWe are in week 2 of the opt out for my 4th grader in NJ. We met with the Superintendent and the Board of Education last night. The Superintendent seemed embarrassed that he had threatened me with a report of truancy to the child welfare agency in NJ. He avoided me like the plague. My sister tag teamed with me, so she talked to him for a good hour. Everyone seemed to agree with our position. They were just afraid of the strategy and the effect it could have on our town's accountability status. 97% of the kids in our town graduate from HS on time. They really have nothing to worry about. One Board member said that my strategy of opting out might be too harsh and scare off like minded parents. I told the Board member that I have tried being nice about this for almost 10 years and that the "nice" strategy got me no where. I told her that it is time for some strong bold moves. The one thing that I have learned in the past 3 1/2 weeks of opting out is that when you stand up and say NO, people listen...

2 comments:

  1. TY for bringing parent resistance and opposition out of the shadows.

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  2. TY for bringing parent resistance and opposition out of the shadows.

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