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PA schools vs. neighboring districts

Original post made by Peninsula Dweller on Jul 17, 2007

In a previous topic, Joan from midtown mentioned that she was a San Mateo high school teacher with children in the PA school district. I'd be interested in hearing Joan's and other people's perspectives on the differences in the educational experiences for children in the PA school district vs. other districts in the area. Are there any readers here who have moved to or out of PA with their children who have seen first hand the differences between the different districts?

I suppose that it can be a delicate balance between wanting kids to get exposure to the "real world" and not becoming too insular in the privileged PA "bubble" that some here have referred to while also providing them with a stimulating environment with motivated, academically-oriented peers. Just how good or bad are things in other districts relative to PA?

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Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 18, 2007 at 2:13 pm

It's a pretty well-known fact that success in school - including post-secondary education - has MOST to do with the learning and general behavor attitudes of students.

the "real world" is the world one finds oneself in. San Mateo is no more "real" than Palo Alto.


Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 18, 2007 at 2:14 pm

It's a pretty well-known fact that success in school - including post-secondary education - has MOST to do with the learning and general behavor attitudes of students.

the "real world" is the world one finds oneself in. San Mateo is no more "real" than Palo Alto.


Posted by nancy, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 19, 2007 at 8:19 pm

My kids have attended Bullis-Purissima, Briones, Nixon, Bullis, Charter, and Terman. Reporting on these is a bit of a moving target because schools change. For instance, when my son was in LASD, reading wasn't really taught in Kindergarten. They did "Phonics Bingo" and things like that. I heard that the curriculum was changed a few years ago, so that reading is now taught.

I have noted many, many differences between schools. It's too much to post, Peninsula Dweller, but if you want to post your email address, I'll send you some observations.

Also, I should mention that parents' attitude and involvement affects their perception greatly. For example, some parents freak out about how much homework there is in early grades, while others will say that it's fine. Some parents make their kids do all their homework, while others just have their kids spend X minutes on it, without worrying about completeness. Some parents review homework with their kids and have the kids fix their mistakes; others have the kids turn it in with mistakes so that the teacher will be aware of what lesson hasn't been fully understood.

Birth order changes attitudes, too. For my 1st kid, I assumed that kids had to do all the homework. For my 2nd, I just had him do X minutes, say 15 minutes in 1st grade, 20 min. in 2nd, 25 in 3rd, etc.




Posted by Peninsula Dweller, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Peninsula Dweller is a registered user.

Thanks, Nancy. Feel free to write to me at londonbridge66@gmail.com


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