Thursday, May 15, 2008

To Charter or Not To Charter?


I got great news on Tuesday....

"Excelsior Academy was approved Friday by the Utah State Office of Education SO we get to move ahead and plan on opening the doors of Tooele’s newest K-8 school in 2009!"




After we first moved here and I experienced extreme frustration with the quality of education being offered, not to mention the heartbreaking situation involving students and Addison's teacher, I have seriously considered homeschooling. But upon reflection, I'm not sure I have the personality, patience, and know-how to tackle this kind of responsibility. So, the idea of starting a brand new Charter School where we as parents get to create our own philosophy of education, curriculum, and structure definitely appealed to me. In the early stages I had a small part in writing the application, attended trainings and meetings, and tried to stay involved giving input here and there...but since I had Tade, I've taken a hiatus from the the founders committee, and I have struggled with compromising my loyalties between this new school and my support for the PTA of the current school my kids attend.
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I'm worried that my expectations for how things will turn out will be let down- I know this is just cowardess. Did the Wright Brothers shy away from testing their airplanes because they were afraid of falling out of the sky- of course not. What about all the blind people who couldn't read before Louis Braille improved upon and created the Braille system of raised dots used today- I'm sure it took some time and experimentation to fine tune this way of learning. It is because of brave people who are unafraid to fail that we have grown as a society with opportunities never there before, and how cool is it that each of us can leave our mark. Whether it's inventing spandex and leg warmers to look killer hot, or creating epidurals so I don't have to feel a baby the size of a watermelon squeeze out of me if I don't want to.
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I guess I should just dive right into this experience, and then when it comes down to it, decide which school will give the greatest opportunity for success. I don't want to regret not having a part in something that could change my childrens lives for good.
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4 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'm at a point right now where I don't really have to think about school since my kids are still young. But after reading your post, it makes me what to start researching right now and to get involved with the education thats around me. That's really cool that Excelsior Academy was appoved.

Jairus Noble said...

Okay your officially out of control. For a minute there I thought I was reading an article out of the New York Times. Love it....

Heidi said...

Ah, that's what good mothers do with their free time. And I just laze about. . . hmmm.

bill, katie, and co. said...

We CHARTER and WE love it! Go for it! You have nothing to lose. It most likely won't be worse than the experiences you've already had. I know I don't have the personality for home-schooling so I really feel like the Charter School is the next best thing. Good luck!