September 12, 2015
This is directed squarely at Latin's Middle School. There is a culture of dishonesty among students and parents that impedes the educational and social development of any student.
Don't like a grade? Lie. Say the teacher was mean to you. Don't like how much playing time your kid gets? Lie. Say the coach was abusive. Don't like another student or parent? Lie. If you're rich enough or well-connected, you'll get exactly what you want.
The middle school administration will buy these lies, hook line and sinker, because they have no backbone, caring more about keeping their jobs, and keeping the loudest parents happy than doing what is right.
Why is there this culture? It's a combination of entitled and out of touch parents, entitled and savvy students, and a discipline process that is as soft as a marshmallow.
To a certain extent, you have to play a very specific political game to thrive as a parent, student, or teacher, which not everyone is equipped well for.
There are a few wonderful teachers who work in the Middle School. The niche they carve out is terrific, and all students under their charge have good experiences, if the students are willing to work.
There are also teachers who fall asleep in class, use lesson plans that are 10 years old, and have no earthly idea what is going on in the back row of their classroom.
At worst, this place is poison. If you worry about your social clout, or your kid's ability to thrive in a very entitled environment, you would be far better off sending your child somewhere else through grade 8, and then seeing if you could get into Latin's High School, which has more terrific teachers and exhibits less of the toxic culture of the Middle School.
- submitted by a community member