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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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spedexaminer June 3, 2009


>but if your review contains any negative factual information we won't post it. <
Facts are unacceptable?
Slander should be unacceptable but not facts?
I am confused!!

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Super_Dad June 3, 2009


The fact is the GS site is NOT an open forum. Any negative reviews towards a school will be removed. A simple request from the school will achieve that. Our school had about 4-6 negative or neutral reviews posted in a 6mo period. It lowered our school ranking, by the start of the next school year they had all been removed.

I think the purpose of this site is collect as much information about families/demographics and sell off that information. We are being duped that this is an open community forum to share resources and information, yet that information is strictly 'controlled'. just my opinion..

can anyone link to a actual negative review on GS right now? I'd be interested in reading it, as all that I am aware of are pulled.

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Super_Dad June 3, 2009


anyone interested in opening a blog about this topic regarding this site... see how long this post stays

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buckaroo June 3, 2009


Actually, I'd be happy if there was a quick disclaimer that would prop up to those LOOKING (not posting) school reviews that said something like: "Parent reviews provided have had negative reviews filtered to prevent lawsuits. This action, while perceived necessary, may skew the results."

That would be a quick fix to this problem.

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spedexaminer June 3, 2009


The disclaimer should be that GS does not endorse any parent reviews posted!

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DeborahHamilto June 4, 2009


I feel that Greatschools.net is not biased,and they are doing a great job here with the forums.

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butterum June 18, 2009


Child of Ra- I can relate to your situation. Maybe we can all get our stories together and bring it to the attention of our state senators, mayors etc. There is a
HUGE problem unfolding at our schools today and to get the picture, all you have to do is whip up a conversation with another parent and before long you will hear it all. We atually experience it, and I congratulate all of the parents that have actually come forward and bring it to light because it is not just for the better of our children but all children that is exposed ti bullying by other children, teachers and staff as well as principal. Parents if you have not done so yet, check out these sites. "www.iror.org" and
"bullyonline.org" The first site will give you quite a bit of info that can shine some light on the situation.

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butterum June 18, 2009


buckaroo, these problems seem to appear overnight and if you are not educated on the matter, which some parents are not, it can really disrupt your life and create terrible situations for you and your children. Imagine living peaceful with kids that are good and makes you proud until one day they come home to tell you that something happened at school that cannot be ignored. Then imagine talking to your childs teacher about it only to be brushed off as if it did not matter, furthermore, imagine going to the principal when the issue gets bigger by the day and is frequently repeated at the expense of your child's well bieng, only to be received as a troublemaker! this may have been a principal, teacher and kids that you never had a problem with, yet suddenly, you are being put down and hated for complaining or simply bringing the issue to the attention of the staff for correction. All of this can take place in a matter of one week, and the stress and tension that it brings to families is simply too much to overlook. So i'm glad to know that you do not have this experience and it is good to keep a positive attitude but don't you fall asleep on that note, bullying as I have come to understand it, seems to begin from about grade 4 and up and it increases as the grades get higher.

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maggie93215 June 18, 2009


What is that old saying if you don't what your watching/hearing then change the channel.
obviously you all already know this site and have expressed your concerns as to how it can be changed. That is about all you can do unless you put your money where your mouth is and start your own website then you can see how easy it is to please everyone.

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butterum June 18, 2009


One Out Of 5- I have a similar situation where my child was forced to sit at the same table with her bullies for a month, because the teacher changes their seat every month, (an educated teacher would know not to seat bullys and victim together) the principal of the school has made me aware in a recent meeting that the teacher is "totally aware" of what is going on in the classroom with the bullying. Yet, he has done nothing to correct the children and refuses to allow my child to inform him of a problem. Then he took the time to place my child, not at a table with other kids that do not bother her but at the very same table as the bullies, for the period of a month, why? he has also insisted that she do projects with her bullies and help them with their work to the point where her work is incomplete, then he has the nerve to get upset about it. He spent the whole year week after week yelling at his class often putting the kids down ( you idiots, you are all liars,..) and don't get me wrong, the bullies are basically the ones that are disrupting the class, as the teacher claimed "they are disrespectful and rude" so he feels justified to do so but when asked, he assured me in writing that my child was not a problem. So why is his behavior so bizzare? It seems to me that it is not just the students that are doing the bullying, but the teacher, principal, and other staff members as well, based on our experience of course, which is not only disgusting but totally unacceptable. If you step back and study this picture, it questions the sanity of these people. Children go to school to learn and apply what they have learned in such a way as to reflect on them as good citizens and successful functional leaders. Why are they being taught by people that have such behavioral problems and are being told to report it to other people with more problems, that cannot even implement the policies at the very schools that they pride themselves of being teachers and principals at. This is an embarassment and a total shame. In general, I get the impression that bullying happens at all schools. However, the schools that admits that bullying exists and are most likely the ones that is enforcing the rules and implementing the school policy on the issue, and will work with you to bring about a fair resolution for all. Meanwhile, the schools that brags that "bullying don't happen here" is normally the ones that will fight tooth and nail to keep all bullying as well as other troublesome issues covered up and indeed parents will be made to experience what the parents on this board seem to be experiencing. Last but not least, the thing that really disgust me is the fact that children that are bullied are usually children of "good moral character". The proof is seen in the notes written in their report cards from all the different teachers that teach them year after year, yes? so then, why is it that when parents stand up along with their kids to help resolve the situation, we are made to feel that we are the problem? why do our children get punished for defending themselves? while the bullies do not get corrected, punished or even held accountable for their wrong doing? why do schools refuse to inform the parents about the bullying that their children are doing? when you inform the parents yourself, why do they turn against you and join with the school to continue the bullying instead of taking the time to help their child address his or her problem? (even when they consider themselves our are so-called friends). To me, when you have a principal as head of a school that cannot show what was done to secure a childs safety while at school, cannot implement the policies of their school, cannot provide you with a copy of the school policy when asked, unable to follow up on promises of supervision made at meetings, refuses to inform parents of the issues that involves their children at school, states that the children that does the bullying are "nice kids", and that "everyone gets bullied at least once in their life", is nice and friendly to the bullies and their parents but is cold and distant with the victim and their parents and the list goes on, there is something very wrong here.



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