As a person who suffered from an education system that can not fulfill the needs of students with high potential, all I can say is HATS OFF for Magnolia Science Academy at Bell. I believe you cannot find an equivalent school to Magnolia Science Academy in terms of quality of math and science curriculum, and academic enrichment programs. For a couple of years, we have been only hearing news about lack of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and complaints about students not being motivated in math and science. However, at Magnolia you witness students who don’t want to be ever dismissed from the school’s Advanced Math and Science program. They have after school classes and so much fun.
You cannot imagine how big an opportunity this is if you are not raised in a neighborhood in poverty. Students in such conditions are mostly Latino and African-American kids where the current education system fails to provide robust education and services to them. At Magnolia, this need is already addressed with the quality of education. Moreover, it is always assumed that such demographic populations and girls generally do not engage in STEM education. In contrast, about 40% of the students in this program are girls. The enthusiasm of the students is unbelievable. Recently, I searched the website of Magnolia on the web. Despite this marvelous dynamics in this school, I came up some websites claiming some ties with a person or group called Gulen charter schools in a hateful tone. I don’t know much about this person and it is not my concern now. Yet,what made me concerned is that the websites publish despicable articles about our beloved school Magnolia. I know my child’s teachers for almost six months, I have spent a lot of time with some of the teachers. I just laugh at these baseless “Gulen charter schools” claims, about devious ideas to take over the country, whatever… I can’t understand the accusers’ logic; I guess it is another cheap way of assault by writing abusive articles without actually visiting the school in person and learning about these dedicated teachers.
What I only care is whether this school really inspires our kids for the STEM education or not. That’s obviously what we need for our country. The rest is pointless…
You cannot deceive kids when it comes to understanding. If you strive for their benefit and happiness, they will appreciate it. Kids will follow the teachers who care about them and are sincere in their behaviors. What I’m very sure about is that if people continue their disgracing behaviors and actions against this sort of exemplary schools, our children will miss an excellent opportunity to improve their math and science education.