Wow. It’s been more than two months since I’ve last contributed to this blog. It seems a lot have happened on the desperate Gulen charter schools labeling campaign in the meantime.
I’ll share these developments time to time. It may take time, since there is still some buzz -though at an insignificant rate- going on regarding Gulen charter schools myth, and it is quite impossible to cover all the updates in a single blog post. Yet, I’ll briefly mention something very important.
I was wondering who might be fabricating all this Gulen charter schools spam, if not junk, and posting them to wherever they could on the Web. Now, I know some clamorous members of the Gulen charter schools choir, and I mean it. On the Web, there is substantial evidence on the identities of these people, publicly available to careful eyes. However, I’m not planning to share any names at this point…
There are still missing pieces on why they picked Magnolia charter schools or Gulen, or some minor presence of international staff as topics to their unfounded arguments. What does Gulen have to do with U.S. charter schools anyway? Of course, taking each and every “Gulen charter schools” allegation serious is pointless. I am not in a position to answer questions like those above, but I can say that there are obvious points in this matter that are no news as well. It is crystal clear that this titular Gulen charter schools stuff is nothing but an organized effort which is artificially fueled by folks who are paid for attacking successful charter schools like Magnolia.
I live in Culver City. Even though, I am not that much close to my neighbors, we do have some conversation time to time. One morning, I saw my next door neighbor in the morning with her daughter while she was going to drop off her daughter to school. I have a son who is now in 5th grade, and will be 6th grade next year. So, I asked my neighbor what school her daughter was in (she is in 7th grade now). She told me she was attending Magnolia Science Academy which was a public charter school focused on math, science and technology. I was very interested, because my son is very much interested in science, so asked her for more information. She gave me the contact information of the school. I checked the school website and was very impressed and became more interested. She told me how her daughter was doing well at her classes and mentioned about the enhanced programs they had. She expressed many times about how the teachers cared about their students. It just made me happy to find a school like that, because my son will be in 6th grade next year, and I already decided where he’ll be continuing his education.
My son loves his school and teachers. He didn’t want to stay for after-school math program at first. But after spending one month in the program, he loved it and made a significant progress in his math class. He likes his math teacher’s individual attention to him. It made a big difference. Teachers and the principal are very welcoming; I can always share my comments or concerns with them.
It is our second year with Magnolia charter schools. I could not be more pleased with my kid’s first year. I like this charter school, because of its small environment and staff. The teachers are very helpful and understanding. They push pupils to their limits. My son’s teacher was extremely innovative when it came to keeping him challenged.
At Magnolia, students can feel safe, because bullying is not tolerated. This charter school reminds me of the small town elementary school that I attended – where the teachers knew all of the kids’ names, the environment was safe and academic standards were top of mind.
Yet, atop all above, I happened to find out some people blogging about Gulen charter schools, many of whom have no idea of what actually is going on. My suggestion for them is to take a tour of our school. I did that a couple of times, and I have observed unique and fun teaching strategies in the classroom. My child loves his school and that in itself is the best testimonial from a parent!