We have been exploring schools here, private vs. public. I have heard several parents at different PAUSD school complain that their children get burned out by the heavy focus on testing scores, and that their particular teachers at best don't praise creative and innovative thinking, and sometimes criticize kids for "not doing the assignment right."
I think the focus on the PAUSD school being good because of test scores is misleading, because these are also a special group of families that are able to live here. I feel that the most important aspect of education is fostering a true love of learning, excitment for exploration and encouraging novel problem solving and thinking outside the box.
Also in talking to the principle of our neighborhood school, she seemed to brush the open ended questions off, and say I would be happier at private school. But not all of us can afford private school, nor really want to if we can avoid it.
So how does your neighborhood school do on these matters? Am I just hearing from a small subset of unhappy parents?
I am focused on neighborhood schools, as the lotteries are moot for the choice programs - we didn't get any of those(the SI reportedly had 3 spots for English speaking non-sibs and 90+ applicants!).