Haven’t posted in awhile, but I still read a lot! A friend asked me to make some general comments she witnessed without giving too much information away about her “kid” who goes to RA. Her kid really liked the idea of the school, but the idea and reality are two very different things. Kid says there is too much group work and that groups are assigned to make sure that not all the kids who do their work get in the same group. Kid says that there are always at least one or two students in the group who do nothing and get the same grade the people who did the whole project. Kid says that there is too much freedom and not enough organization. RA kids come and go as they please, even sitting in the bathrooms and having conversations with students of the opposite sex. Kid says they got their phone taken away from them because students were making too many social media posts. That lasted for about a week, then it was back to normal.
Mom said that she picked up kid from school for an appointment late fall and it was total chaos. Kids were running around yelling, most of the ones she could see were on their phones and only about 8-10 kids were actually doing work. She didn’t want to jump to conclusions and asked Kid if there was something wrong or something special going on, Kid said no. Kid wanted to leave at semester break for home school and was told that was not going to happen by the principle. He said no one leaves. Our friend did not want to push it, but Kid will not be back next year, nor will her two friends she met there.
I think it’s a good idea, but maybe it’s time for a change in leadership and to put it in CHS. Kid says she only got one elective class she really wanted it and there are four other classes going on at the same time so they can’t do anything fun. Our niece has friends from her club sport who go there and she showed us photos on some program called snapchatter (I think that’s what it’s called). There a lot of posts during the school day and some from a bathroom. I don’t think bathroom photos with both boys and girls in them are appropriate, call me old fashioned.
The kids at CHS shouldn’t have to suffer with larger classes and less teachers for this experiment. It’s time to close the checkbook and make things right. That’s my two cents!!