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Any other parents feel that greatschools.net is too biased in their review process of parental feedback?


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Anonymous May 21, 2009


The school my child attends has had chronic problems with bullying. Families I have known have resorted to taking their children out of the school and even home-schooling because of this issue. When I have tried to provide this feedback on greatschools, my review was unaccepted and the school's rating of "10" has remained. None of the parents I have spoken to at my child's school would give it a 10. I am curious to know if other parents feel that the greatschools rating of their public school is similarly inflated. Thank you.

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buckaroo May 22, 2009


deborah,
This is about the forum here... it is about the individual school reviews which is a big part of the Great School site. It is there that the censorship causes a problem.

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OneOutof5 May 22, 2009


The point is that if we parents are looking to find truthful reviews and information at this website -- we may not find it. We may only find sugar-coated nonsence that doesn't help us at all. While it's nice to read about how nice a teacher was to someone else's child or how something wonderful about a school -- it is equally important that parents are informed about issues such as poorly enforced discipline, bullies and other crimes, questionable treatment etc.

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Rockland May 23, 2009


Here was my review of our local area Q & A about our high school. The Local Q & A appears in the box in the upper right hand of your page when you log in. You may want to post your opinions there.

Being it a small rural community there is not much for teens to do. Major problems within this age group with teens are arrests for smoking,curfew, drugs/drug paraphernalia, and drinking. Our high school is consistently struggling with meeting AYP and there are currently no programs that the school offers for struggling students. There is math tutoring and NHS students assisting students for a time in the early morning but that is it. Alternative classes are offered but this is for troubled students or consistently failing students. I did not find out about the alternative classes from the school staff but rather from a student. At the beginning of the school year my husband and I spoke with the counselor about alternatives for our son but was told they had nothing. We also inquired why a student who failed Algebra was continuing on to Geometry, we were told there was no other option, our son could not be put into a basic or alternative class for help...there was neither.
I have watched my son struggle all year. We tried the NHS students but they were a no-show and wasted ours and our son's time getting up early to drive him to school for the extra assistance.
We are doing the best we can here at home by following the teachers homework plans online and finding tutoring where we can.
The music program is one of the best. Football has had great success but once again it's the kids in the middle who get lost between the sports and the troubled kids where most of the schools time and attention is focused.

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DeborahHamilto May 23, 2009


buckaroo,
To me,and this is my opinon I have no problems in my child school,and I feel that the censorship does not cause a problem at my daughter's school.

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italgal May 23, 2009


yes, a similiar thing happened last year when i went to submit a review. last year was a horrific for my daughter and it was primarily because her teacher was very disorganized and unclear with assignments. my daughter has NEVER before had a year like last year. to boot, the principal was not supportive with our concerns. as a parent who became very disillusioned w/ our child's school, i submitted a review that was respectful and reasonable-- i wanted other parents to know that there was a potential problem. i was very dissappointed when greatschools.com would not accept my review. i was not dissing the school--my hope was to inform other parents, who were considering sending their child to my daughter's school for the same grade level, that some sort of breakdown was happening between parent and admin. parents have the RIGHT to be FULLY informed about the good and the not so good of any school they are considering for their child! most parents have the intellect to make the right choices once they have all the facts. i would want to know the positives and the negatives of a school i was to entrust my daughter to. there is a certain amount of reasonable filtering parents go through when making decisions re: their children. and if parents are seeing a pattern of negative comments coming in about a particular school, why whould it be kept a 'secret'? let's be less concerned about 'political correctness' and be more concerned about the welfare of our children.

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Child_Of_Ra May 24, 2009


I've been a member of the site for a long time. And I've contributed several reviews about schools we've attended.

One school in particular was beyond awful. The teachers didn't teach at all - seriously - my daughter was 3 grades behind because of that school!

There was constant bullying from kids and not just toward my daughter but to others, bullying from teachers, bullying from the administrator (to both my child and ME!) and by the time my review was able to be accepted, I had to water it down so much in the editing process that it essentially said "We experienced trouble with bullying. Teachers disorganized. I do not recommend this school."

And that statement really does not nearly convey the fact that I had to threaten to get the police involved, or the fact that the administrator was hostile, or the fact that my daughter had her ribs kicked and her crotch kicked and her nose punched and her stomach punched and her private parts grabbed by boys who held her down. And the death-threats from one boy because she wouldn't help him with a math problem. She wasn't in a position to help him - she didn't understand it herself (thanks to the teachers). All these boys had been in trouble for bullying many times before. The school did not follow their bullying policy. If they had, these kids wouldn't be at that school. But I couldn't say ANY of that.

Yes. GreatSchools needs to allow us to have a true voice of what's happening at our schools.

The other schools I've reviewed had glowing reviews from me - and rightly so. I'm not here to badmouth for the fun of it. But if something needs to be said... we should be able to say it straight.


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love2Bmami May 24, 2009


My opinion about this newly visited page is that with this information I am completely dissapointed. We do noot have to be here!!! Maybe we should organize our WORSE SCHOOLS WEBSITE where parents can voice their opinions ...good or bad.

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love2Bmami May 24, 2009


I couldn't agree with you more. Why should we have to cover the thruth when this is an important issue for us parent's. I repeat we can form our own site were we can voice our good and bad experiences freely. I just joined this site yesterday and I am totally dissapointed!!! Why is everything so political?

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Child_Of_Ra May 24, 2009


GreatSchools regularly reviews how their site works. There's a specific group forum for feedback and the GS administrators and moderators do read it and respond. You might give them your constructive comments there. I'd be willing to bet this feature will be revamped sometime in the near future if we speak up.
The link for feedback is:
http://community.greatschools.net/groups/11530

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buckaroo May 26, 2009


Unfortunately, this has been discussed many, many times before. While one or two washed down complaints manage to make it it to temporarily appease us, it appears they go right back to the bias, which affects many parents looking for honest information.
It is sad I can go on site's like Amazon and get real reviews about products for sale, but can't get real info about schools. No information would be better than tainted information.



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