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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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maggie93215 June 18, 2009


hi butterrum, first of I am so sorry that your child has to go through this. second, have you ever thought about going stright to the local police department about the bullying. I bet this will get the prinicpals attention. Most parents aren't aware that they have the option of going to the police department and filing a complaint. I am almost positive that this will get everyones attention. then this situation can be delt with the proper way. then you might want to contact your local news and let them know what is going on so they can do a story about the situation. With all this attention that you'd be bringing to the school I am sure that people will start listening to what you have to say.

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spedexaminer June 18, 2009


I agree about going to the police if it is really pervasive. i know a parent who got a restraining order against the bully and the bully had to attend another school.

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butterum June 18, 2009


Maggie, all of the options have been considered and we are currently working to resolve the problem. I will continue to be persistent and take whatever steps I need to take. However, some school principals tend to keep it really tight with the police and often refer to them at the first sign of parent/school conflict (I have observed this) and quite often the parent of the bullies are on the force so there. Filing a complaint however is not the problem, but rather, it's whether or not the case will be dealt with fairly and so far based on the latest incident in the paper that turned the whole town upside down, timing is all too important. By the way, that case was also about bullying, and reports were filed and there were a lot of chaos about what happened to the incident report that was filed at the school and with the police. Need I say more...so this family is suffering as they spend hours on end defending their kid and based on the comments in the paper, they do not have the support of the B.O.E or the town, and the B.O.E insists that "these things don't happen here". So I am carefully examining the mentality of the people from one end to the next as I go while the bullies live on to bully another day. I keep close contact with my child and work through all of her concerns on a daily basis. Oh, and the local paper, well I will be lucky to see a couple of sentences, after all the school is tight with them too .... In these situations, parents have to come together and honestly tell their stories and experiences, then we can move from there. So one parent VS a school= nobody listens or cares and likewise, twenty parents VS a school= concern, questions......

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butterum June 18, 2009


spedex, there are two other children in the family and a friend that is dealing with the same issue. The friend did file a complaint with the police and I am watching to see if the case is handled appropriately. I should know more about the progress tomorrow. Meanwhile, the principal is insisting that this is a "click" and she does not see anything wrong with it. We intend to fix that.

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maggie93215 June 18, 2009


butterrum keep on it. keep going to the police and the news have you tried talking to the superintendebt of schools. Does your school system have public school board meetings. You could go there and go to the media keep the media involved so that others can see what is happening and then people will know that they don't want their kids going there.

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butterum June 18, 2009


I intend to take it that far Maggie, It will all come to light. Thanks for your support on the matter. The Principal brought the Supt. to the school and into my child's class recently, I guess to send a message that she had his support but I will not let that stop me from taking action to correct the problem. I will be meeting with him because all of the children is about to enter Middle school in the fall, and I am sure that they intend to continue so I am giving them rope. School will be out next Wednesday, so obviously any complaint at this time will be useless to them since the kids will no longer be at that school. This is what the principal was waiting for it seems. In her mind, rather than do something to resolve it, she wanted to let it take it's course, never mind at what expense.

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maggie93215 June 19, 2009


Butterrum for your daughters sake and the sake of the other kids being bullied I hope this problem will be resolved. However, I think that the prinicapal is there just to get paid and not becase he/she cares about the well being or making a difference in a childs life. She/He needs to find a new profession! I work at a school and schools need ADA, in other words daily attenedance to get money, so maybe if you had your child transferd to another school. Check into that.

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butterum June 19, 2009


Maggie, my child is about to enter middle school. Aside from that, I have just moved to this town. At our last residence, they were in a private school. However, I did not observe bullying by any children at that school in any of the classes. The reason that I did not keep the girls there, though, was because of one teacher that kept byllying my child. All of the other teachers shared a great relationship with her. The librarian was not too nice either buy she did not exacyly spend that much time with my child. I had written the teacher about her behavior, being that it was my child's first experience with bullying, and I was totally upset since it made my child very nervous and anxiety was beginning to take a hold of her. I simply told it like it was. The assistant principal and principal spoke to the teacher and my child at a meeting together and the teacher appeared to have stopped for a while. She later went on with what seemed like spiteful behavior or retaliation for the rest of the year. Other teachers noticed and gave my child support. This teacher was not her home room teacher, but she came by to teach one subject each week, and made it a point to really stress out my child. She also taught the next grade, which meant that my child would have to be in her class the following year. That was not about to happen, my child would be a mental case by now. Needless to say, I have moved in the past to satisfy the need for more room as the girls got older and we sought a quiet way of life, and to avoid issues with schools that had bad or nasty teachers, principals, staff, kids, bus drivers and neighbors that were deeply prejudiced that refused to work together to resolve the problems that they were responsible for creating. These were very stressful times for us and it was beginning to affect the children's learning process so I had to home school along with regular school because we had already paid tuition. I have done all that is necessary to create a stable living environment for my kids but apparently that's not enough. The funny thing with the current situation is that the bullying is done by a few girls, two of which were her best friends and about a month prior, we had invited her best friends to the first birthday party that she has ever had (D&B NY), prior to that we had one friend join our child in her fashion show, and had spent weeks driving her to all the classes and provided her with the designs to wear, got her an opportunity to perform at the show, along with a chance to model for other designers. The other friend got to have the first sleepover that I have ever allowed. They are all the same age (tweens) but my children are very restricted with respect to what they can and cannot do.

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smm1978 November 19, 2009


well site is called great schools and not honest schools..

Last year I thankfully moved away from a horrible school district. I had lots of bad experiences with three of the schools there. I mean like, faculty being total pricks, lots of them I feel had no place working in a school, also the school curriculum was pathetic, bullying rampant in the school and so many other things wrong.

So I wrote and honest, and politically correct review about two of the schools, basically sugar coated it but still gave a well written review about these schools.

All reviews rejected, didn't bother trying to water my reviews down any more, had I done that I would basically have to praise a failing and rapidly declining school district, which I'm not about to do.

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dudedad March 29, 2010


" if your review contains any negative factual information we won't post it."

Amazing! Factual information is the ONLY INFORMATION. Biased opinion is mostly throw away junk. I don't even read reviews that start with "... is a great school" Of course it's a great school, that's why I sent my kid there! This level of censorship is as bad as no censorship and it's what is wrong with the internet. Misinformation.



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