Todd-o and I separated the wheat from the chaff last night. Before you go casting me as a crunchy wheat berry hippie, also know that I just polished off a package of Zingers with Suzy Q's set aside for tomorrow. Diabetes update to follow.
Threshing wheat works nicely, whether by hand or machine. Threshing schools is not such a lovely task. (Winnowing sounds more poetic and does involve a gentle breeze, but it's not expedient for this transition.) Guess what about charter schools in Arizona! Yeah, that's what. Needs threshing. Unfortunately, where politicians talk about "government schools" one would expect to see various programs like open enrollment, magnet schools*, and vouchers pop up. In effect, these options overwhelm parents leaving us second-guessing every decision we make with regard to our children's education. At the same time, these programs suck resources from neighborhood schools and skim the perceived cream. Icky chaff!
How do we find top-notch students to
* I'm not a hypocrite as my kids are special. They attend magnet schools where everything is perfect in accordance with the needs of my gifted and talented (and gorgeous) children. Magnet status, btw, didn't prevent 1/3 of the faculty getting riffed and the total absence of a librarian at the 9 YO's school. On the other hand, they have a part time attendance clerk because someone should watch after Adequate Yearly Progress.