Report cards have finally made it home and this time it is not about our children. From North to South, San Diego is witnessing the end of its devastating experiment. After unanimously failing basic math, like dominoes local public schools are bracing themselves for expulsion, superintendents and all.
Best City to Raise a Child
Home of the famous Hotel Del, USA Today recently announced Coronado as the best beach in America. Brokerage firms have long confirmed this vacation destination as the safest place to raise a child in San Diego, and with good reason. On a given morning you might meet up with a mom on a leisurely bike ride with her children. Or as an independent concern, the state of the art library boasts handmade community quilts, themed events for mothers and fathers along with an esteemed display for our local military, and more. Yet amidst the ambiance of world renown theater attractions, vintage sweets, and the waves of the ocean, there looms an undercurrent that threatens to sweep it all away.
In preparation for the coming doom of their public school system, you may notice the sudden immergence of private school options that now dot the landscape. The Coronado Eagle and Journal announced this shocking statement from the head of their schools, who said:
“Let me be as succinct as I can. We will cease to exist as an organization at the end of the 2013-14 school year… I always told you that we would glide to a crash and I’m telling you when we will crash.“
Jeffrey Felix Superintendent of CUSD
2nd Best City to Raise a Child
Not to be outdone, coming in as the 2nd best city to raise a child is Ramona. Touted as a well guarded secret in San Diego, the backcountry fights to retain its old world charm. The children of settlers still tell of turkey farming at a time when there were no street lights, and when travel meant hitching a horse. Today the rolling hills of Ramona are attracting a weary coastal culture in search of a low profile lifestyle. Yet with all that draws newcomers and horseless carriages there is a fatal blow awaiting young families wanting to call Ramona a place of refuge. As their school board president tells an audience,
“We’ve lost our tool of time.”
Dan Lopez, RUSD Board President
“Why are there going to be upward of 30 students and beyond in kindergarten through third-grade classes? Why are the district budget projections always off by millions of dollars?”
Grant McNiff, Teacher and RTA Bargaining Chair
Like Grant we should be asking why neither Coronado nor Ramona Unified know how to balance their own checkbooks. If school institutions are struggling to grasp the basic 3 r’s, no wonder children can’t. So who should really be teaching?” The answer might be in our own backyard.
According to Costco Magazine the fastest growing business sector in the Country is the home-based business. And there is a new mom movement that is responding. It’s called HomeSchoolOffice.org. And organization that has a 14-yr track record in supporting parents who work from home. For her transformational work with parents and young students the founder has garnered endorsements from as far away as Rush University and as close as San Diego State. They have latched onto the new concept of co work, and are applying it to the family.
Corporations and small businesses around the world have overcome their isolation by coming together in a co work space. And HomeSchoolOffice.org is introducing the concept for parents who work alongside their children. They are employing highly qualified teachers who are being fired despite their energy and enthusiasm for children.
The au pair, the nanny, the babysitter and the public school may soon become a thing of the past. Share your story below. Then be sure to visit HomeSchoolOffice.org and join the conversation.