|"Good" schools and urban cohousing.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Richmond (johnrichmond50hotmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:16:46 -0800 (PST)|
Hi everyone - last night in a land search committee meeting we had something of a side discussion on what we think of the importance of "good" public schools in the zone where we finally select our site. Our conventional wisdom has been that "good" public schools are essential to our goal of a multigenerational community. They are seen as the only way to attract and keep families who have children of various ages. One of our members pointed out a well-founded belief that few families will uproot their kids from their existing schools to live in cohousing, no matter how "good" the schools where we build are. Her thought is that we will mostly attract homeschoolers, private school kids l, and refugees from "bad" public schools. The struggles of urban and some rural schools in the US are well-noted - How have the surrounding school districts or school zones influenced the number of kids you have in your communities over time? (As a teacher I've come to believe that "good" schools are mostly defined by easily measurable metrics of varying objectivity, including test scores, graduation rates, percent of teachers with advanced degrees, suspension rates, etc. This ignores the idea that some schools that do poorly on these measures may actually be doing more with the kids that come in their doors than the "good" schools are.) John Richmond Richmond Cohousing VA Sent from my MetroPCS 4G LTE Android device
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