August 08, 2015
The Teaching: - Doesn't happen much! Its essentially "outsourced" to the parents. Teachers think the parents are committed to their children's education, so very little actual instruction happens in class (let the parents figure it out themselves) - There are 30-35 kids per class, teachers do not spend any time with anyone - Most of the new teachers do not have any patience, they shout at the children - The school recently started a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, and was expected to use personal iPads etc. for instruction, class lessons, etc. Not much of that happened. Instead, the kids just play app games during recess time on their iPads Homework Machine: - Their concept of teaching is "show a video" and give LOTS of homework, the parents will figure it out at home - Sometimes, even on Fridays and during vacation days, the students get homework! Admin Staff & PTA - Quite rude. The front office staff never smiles or welcomes the parents, they almost treat them like a burden! - The PTA is only concerned about after school camps and money. A select group of people run it, and if you even make any suggestions during the PTA meetings, they are just dis-regarded.
A big problem in this school is the kiss & ride. The principal sent an email a few weeks back talking about the "new & improved" kiss and ride, but all they've done is just paint a few parking spots yellow. I am not sure how it will solve the basic issue.
There is ONLY ONE entry & exit out of kiss and ride, thus creating a choke point. In so many PTA meetings, people have raised this issue, that a different exit point needs to be created, so cars and come & go in a smooth manner.
But, like many other things, it doesn't seem the school administration pays much attention to what is really needed to fix the issue.
Till then, it continues to be a morning mayhem and circus!
- submitted by a parent