In Which I Answer Another Comment
Some of it here I think is due to our ex-Governor (soon to be our ex-President) and his partner-in-educational-crime, Ross Perot. They "reformed" our schools a while back and really screwed up a lot. Of course, a lot of this problem is nation-wide, the whole "No Child Left Behind" scam. I knew it was a total crock from the get-go, but it's really been brought home to me this week.
Fortunately, my son will be 25 later this month, so school for him is not an issue. But he did spend five years in a non-religious private school, from 4th through 8th grades. I wish I'd kept in private schools through high school, but we didn't. In theory, I'm a big believer in public schools, but these days I'm not sure how often it's the best choice.
It's scary sending your kid to school these days, which explains why I'm such an active parent. It's not fair, but if they know who you are, they know your kids and they tend to watch out for them more. If I gotta work the system for my kids, I will.
I have a friend who has a son in high school, in a public school. She feels the same way, though she's doing it as much to keep an eye on him as to keep an eye on the schools. But I wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn there's a note attached to his records warning teachers to cooperate with her. She can be hell on wheels when she feels the need!
and on a lighter note, thanks for listing the mystery web site. LOVE it and saved it for later. also your library thing had a link to Ravelry. Can I have the real one?
(blush) Sorry. HTML is so not my thing! The front door is www.librarything.com. My catalog is http://www.librarything.com/catalog/DianeS. librarything is almost as wonderful as Ravelry!