Friday, October 04, 2013

Seattle Schools Family Symposium Rescheduled

From SPS:

The fall Family Symposium originally scheduled for Oct. 12 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 because of conflicts in scheduling and availability.

Seattle Public Schools is committed to preparing all of our students to graduate ready for college, careers and life.

The goal of the Family Symposium is to support our families as critical partners in their students' academic success. At this symposium, families and community partners will learn how to support student academic achievement at home and in the community.

Saturday, Nov. 23
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Garfield High School
400 23rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Supervised child activities for ages 4 and up
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
Community Resource Fair

Learn how to support your child/youth with:
Math, Science, Reading/Writing, Early Learning, Community Arts, Understanding School and Student Data, College and Career Readiness, and much more.

For more information, call (206) 252-0693 or email


Charlie Mas said...

I'm getting really sick of hearing this: "Seattle Public Schools is committed to preparing all of our students to graduate ready for college, careers and life."

I can see how the district is working to prepare students for college and career, but not for life. The District does not teach any real life skills like personal finance, nutrition, or childcare.

Students all have to take a laboratory science, but how many of them will become chemists? Compare that number to the number of students who will file tax returns, feed themselves, or raise children.

When I was in high school I took a class that taught me how a checking account works and how to balance a checkbook. There was a class called home economics that taught students how to cook and sew. I have yet to hear of any school that prepares students for parenthood.

Why does the District claim that they are preparing students for life when they don't teach them basic life skills like these?

Anonymous said...

Here, here Charlie. I think it is the place the District can make the greatest influence on the improvement of the lives of those it purports to educate -- to provide them with skills and exposure to evidence-based classes in human development, plus basic home management skills.

So many families are working so hard to get by and with parents working full-time and often more than that, it isn't really leaving much time to help hand off these skills. It even starts in early childhood, where young children put with alternative caregivers aren't gaining much insight into things like how to do laundry, go grocery shopping, do simple household repairs, etc.

This piece talks about a whole host of skills that aren't taught -- things that are basic living tools that enhance our abilities to live full lives. Some might be contentious but I suppose the educational institutions think that if you know how to read and do math that you can learn the rest on your own?


Anonymous said...

Uh guys. Yes the district does have life skills classes. Look at any high school catalogue. You can take Food Science, where nutrition and cooking is taught. (at least at BHS). This takes the place of Home Ec, or a large portion of the place. You can take Life Skills. (at any HS) You can take Consumer Math - which is dedicated all the monetary aspects and their mathematical implications. The point is, most people don't want to take these because it doesn't do anything to spruce their resumes up for college. And most high schools have "shop" though it goes by some other names.

Are you complaining because these things aren't "required"? If they were, you'd never get out of high school with an elective.


Maureen said...

I agree with reader here. There's no way I would let my kid waste (yes waste) a precious elective on learning to cook. Maybe if the District actually provided a seven (or eight) period day I would consider it. This would be the perfect thing for Boys/Girls clubs and other groups to offer after school and during the summer (and I think many of them do.)

Maureen said...

Maybe SPS just needs to drop "and life" from their slogan.

Anonymous said...

Food Science is actually a lab science class. I wouldn't denigrate anyone taking that by labeling their course selections as a waste. It's just an irony that people who constantly moan about rigor and standardization, then moan about the opposite. I guess the moaning is predictable.


seattle citizen said...

If history isn't tested, if civics isn't offered or required, then "ready" does not apply.