Gulen charter schools argument
I’m a parent of a student of Magnolia since 2010. I’m very happy about my school, Magnolia Science Academy in Hollywood. Teachers are good and administration is easy to talk to. It was my ideal school until one of the other parents came to me and mentioned this website. As an alert parent I read everything in this website and beyond. There is an allegation of being a Gulen charter school. First of all, I did not observe any of the accusations about these schools. This school is as secular as a regular public school. There are international teachers in the school but they are from very different countries. Living in California, I’m pretty used to diversity.
Gulen charter schools argument looks like something used against Magnolia. It is obvious that there are a few people who are not comfortable with a good successful school. I talked about these slanders with the principal and suggested Magnolia taking action against these people.
Magnolia school, please do not let these people to damage the reputation of our schools.
Country of free choice
Charter schools are a great improvement over the traditional public school system. They open doors to improvements in our public education. Of course, there will be people who would not like this change. There is always a resistance to any change, after all. I believe Magnolia Schools are being targeted by a few people who are not comfortable with the charter school system. They’re trying to label Magnolia as Gulen charter schools, whatever that means..
There is a competition that comes with charter schools. Now public schools have to compete for teachers, students and more than all, for funding. We live in the US and this is a country of freedom, thus freedom of enterprise. This country’s education will improve with additional school choice alternatives, not with waiting for “Superman”. I believe all public schools should be more like charter schools. We should all support charter schools.
I have a daughter who graduated from MSA San Diego and my younger daughter started 6th grade at MSA this year. I am so amazed with the kind of transition I’ve seen in my younger daughter. My 6th grader changed from an irresponsible little kid into a responsible and hardworking young lady in only 3 months, thanks to her teachers’ hardwork and discipline. There are many activities I can just go and participate as a parent at the school. For sure, Magnolia is the best school my two daughters ever attended.
A big “Thank you!” to the founders and staff of Magnolia Science Academies for such a great experience.
MSA-San Diego has such a warm and caring environment, thanks to the teachers. They challenge the kids to do their best and beyond. The small class sizes are perfect, so no one is lost. The staff is amazing. They go above and beyond to reach the kids and offer extracurricular activities (such as chess club) for the kids. The standards are high and the children are challenged.
My son made friends quickly, enjoyed going to the other classrooms for the reading programs, and he always looked forward to the after school events. Had there been any complaints from parents, they would have taken their child from the school. We are both looking forward to this coming year!
Recently, I was reading an article about the top ten public schools in California.
On the comments section, I wanted to congratulate those schools for their success. Then I saw this comment which stated “Magnolia Science Academy (MSA) couldn’t make the top ten in California”. He/she was also trying to associate MSA with what he/she calls Gulen charter schools. There can be two reasons to post such a funny comment that I can think of:
First, this Gulen charter schools crier might be expecting MSA among the top ten schools. If this is the case, I want to thank him/her for sharing MSA parents’ feelings. And I would like to remind him/her that it was a near miss, MSA did pretty well this year by ranking the 13th in California.
If not appreciation, the other reason to make such a comment could be hatred or jealousy to the extent that he or she solely thinks to defame MSA. I think, these feelings make those Gulen charter schools bloggers loud such baseless and funny comments on this successful charter school.
They try hard not to miss any chance, even if it’s the success of any other public school. When they don’t see their target school in the top ten list, they just write “Oh, this Gulen charter school didn’t make top ten”. But, they ignore the fact that the charter school has ranked 13th in California.
I’m glad that these few individuals posting Gulen charter schools junk all around do follow MSA and it’s achievements closely. However, I have two objections: One, MSA is not a Gulen charter school, and two, it has proven it’s success in the national level a couple of times. Simple huh?..
I have a son whose brain was “jumbled” for the first three years of his education sitting in public schools that were so focused on “average” students; he had nothing challenging educationally, no role models before him.
I moved him to this charter school, and immediately started to see a spark of enthusiasm. Thanks to the science projects, he’s now much more excited to learn. And, I think, diverse student population is something he benefits more than anything he could ever experience in public schools.
I wonder, on what basis a few people are trying to defame this charter school? Have they ever made a single visit to the school? Did they talk to anyone from the school or any of us, parents? It’s always easy to talk and blame, but increasing a charter school’s success and generating positive outcomes day by day require real solid effort..
Now, almost two years following our enrollment, I know that I made the right decision, no matter what those self-contradicting Gulen charter schools arguments suggest.
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My daughter attends Magnolia Science Academy in San Diego. It is a great charter school. The teachers work very hard so that our children learn and enjoy the journey of being a student. As an engineer, I am glad that they emphasize math and science. My daughter now thinks math is FUN due to the experience she has in her school.
I am very glad that I heard about this school and my daughter did not miss such a great opportunity. I only wish parents also speak out their opinions and gratitude towards the hard-working educators of Magnolia Schools.
- More charter schools requested (parents4magnolia.org)
- Teachers’ devotion add value (parents4magnolia.org)
- Go PTS! (parents4magnolia.org)
Pacific Technology School (PTS) in Santa Ana is one of the greatest schools my son has attended so far, and I won’t let these biased Gulen charter schools arguments shade its reputation. According to what we have experienced to this day, our charter school promotes discipline and encourages team work effectively. My son and I do like the diversity the school offers, as he has the chance to interact with students from various backgrounds without prejudging and learning about other their cultures at the same time.
To better understand what teachers at PTS achieve, it is important to note that charter schools generally deal with students that are habitually falling behind in public schools for a variety of reasons. So, I think, it would still be an achievement even if they displayed an equivalent performance. Despite this fact however, there are many charter schools –including ours– around the nation that outperform their neighborhood public schools which serve similar demographics.
I appreciate and welcome the efforts of all charter schools for helping and supporting our kids that grow in underprivileged conditions, an issue not everyone cares about. I have witnessed lots of success stories in which problematic kids ended up flourishing in their hands. I am very happy that we have these schools, and think that, as a society, we need to encourage these institutions that are working for common good.
I am an MSA1 parent and proud to be one. Our charter school’s ranking 13th in the state is no news to me. It was quite predictable as the hard work, enthusiasm and efficiency are some of the trademarks of the Magnolia schools. The amount of hard work put up by the teachers even at these most recent budget cuts is astonishing. Not only working alongside with my kid, but being in constant communication with me as a parent makes their efficiency better and help improve the learning ability of each individual student.
You would think, asking my son to go to school on a Saturday is a challenge but in MSA1 it is not. My son is looking forward to the Saturdays. Being able to review his classes with his teachers and solving a dozen of math questions while being tutored is another reason I admire the Magnolia school’s strategy. In this ever competing world, the school needs to have an edge in every field. In my son’s case, it is mathematics. I hope when he graduates from high school, he will have easy access to a top university in Los Angeles either in the field of engineering or economics.
Thanks to the staff and especially the hard-working teachers of MSA1. I do hope that the Magnolia Schools open more charter schools in the greater Los Angeles area where there is an ever-growing need for quality education. I know that they have several other branches, the valley, one in Hollywood, two in West LA and one in Santa Ana. I wish they open another one in Pasadena where a close friend of mine lives so that she could send her son over to MSA.
From now on, I’ll be sharing discussions from some fellow parents time to time. Read on:
Magnolia Science Academy – Reseda, aka MSA1, is the best school that my daughter attended after moving around a couple of states and several schools over the past seven years.
Most recently, we’ve moved from Colorado to California. My wife and I expected that our daughter was really going to struggle with her academic achievement though she is used to moving to different school in almost every two years.
However, it was a breeze for her to adapt to the new academic environment at her new school. MSA1 administrators and teachers really made it a smooth transition for my daughter. I am amazed to see how easily she adjusted; she did not really struggle a bit.
In this diverse, welcoming, and academically challenging environment at MSA1, my daughter is flourishing academically. All I have seen at this school is dedicated and kind teachers and administrators. I couldn’t believe that they can achieve offering such a phenomenal education to kids in my community. I just want to congratulate all MSA1 staff and administrators for the education provided at this school.
Lastly, I have one good advice to those who try to defame this great educational institution by scattering around some bizarre affiliations, namely Gulen charter schools, whatever it means, about them: Spend your time wisely rather than vilifying a good institution and if you can, open up schools that can offer better education than MSA1. If not, stop messing up with the school that is doing a great job of offering alternatives to failing public education.