Three O'Clock High

Pedagogic Logic

Hizzoner and the Gov butted heads last week over the city school system. Giuliani wants money owed. Pataki wants to uncover the overspending. School sucks.


imageSerh Efe
Age: 33
Resides:: Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Occupation: Psychotherapist

Do you send your kids to public school?I have sent my children to public school. But I'm not really confident about it. I grew up in the public school system. I know they lack standards, but that's all I can offer for my children right now.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?Definitely.

Did you get a good education?No. I educated myself for the most part.


imageNatalie Jovanovic
Age: 26
Resides:: Soho
Occupation: Actress

Will you send your kids to public school?No. If I raised my children in New York, absolutely I would send my kids to private school. I went to private school in the city and I had friends who went to public school, so I know the differences.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?Yes. Maybe they would get a better taste of what's lacking in society. I can understand it that they don't, though.

Did you get a good education?Absolutely.


imageKimberly Jones
Age: 18
Resides:: North Bronx
Occupation: Student

Will you send your kids to public school?No. It's not good enough. The teachers don't care. And they're scared of the students, so it's the students who run the class.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?I would have more faith in them if they did. But I don't blame them. It's horrible.

Did you get a good education?No. I went to public school. They just assume you don't have any aspirations.


imageZamile Vilakazi
Age: 19
Resides:: Village
Occupation: Student

Will you send your kids to public school?Probably not. I grew up in the private school system. The Boston public school system is not good enough. And some of the curriculum in the public schools, I don't agree with. For example, history is taught with a skewed perspective about slavery and the Civil Rights movement.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?No. They're parents and have the same rights as any other parents.

Did you get a good education?Absolutely.


imageNancy Murray
Age: 41
Resides:: Chelsea
Occupation: Publishing

Will you send your kids to public school?I have a daughter in a private nursery school now. We're considering what to do.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?It's an interesting gesture when they do. It certainly gives them more information about what the schools are like.

Did you get a good education?I went through public school until sixth grade. Then I went to a private school. I was grateful I had a chance to do that because it was a much better school.


imageReality
Age: 32
Resides:: Brooklyn
Occupation: Sound engineer/Poet

Will you send your kids to public school?I would not. I'd send them to learn basic reading and writing and take them out when they get to things like history. It's false the way they teach it.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?They should. That way they can see the problem.

Did you get a good education?Not from public school. I spent the last five years of my life re-educating myself. Anyone who relies on other races to be educated, that's slavery. The public school system is only good for rich whites.


imageAmy Lynn Fischer
Age: 28
Resides:: Willamsburg, Brooklyn
Occupation: Publishing sales rep

Will you send your kids to public school?Yes. It's cheaper than private school.

Should politicians send their kids to public school?Absolutely. If you represent the community, you ought to be a part of that. It's pretty pathetic that they don't. It's a clear indication of what they think of our school system.

Did you get a good education?Yes. I had a lot of opportunities that I wouldn't have had at a private school. My school had a great performing arts curriculum.

 
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