Thank God For Friday And Other Stuff

Getting into a good public school in New York City is a bit of a crapshoot.  One, as in the case of my friend, could live in a high rent ‘hood, but have a zone school that as crowded and poorly managed as a Mexican prison and forced to send their kid to a private one across town.

A blaring example of education gone wild is PS 106, the school in Far Rockaway, Queens that the New York Post dubbed “the school of no” for its lack of books, supplies and an absentee principal.  Marcella Sills, the fur-loving principal, should be brought up on charges.  Pronto.

If anything, the PS 106 fiasco was a poignant reminder that in this respect I am blessed.  Figuratively speaking, I hit the public school lottery.  My zone school is one of the best in the city.  It’s a bright, cheery place with supportive administration and involved parents.  It is also a hop, skip and, if you’re walking my daughter, 3-4 cartwheels, from our apartment.

Today, I thank God for my daughter’s school.

3 responses to “Thank God For Friday And Other Stuff

  1. I appreciate your post. Being from a “really good area” of Los Angeles- we have paid a college tuition between two kids for private school, and even there the education was questionable – but they were safe and well looked after. By the time the youngest was ready for high school, we decided to make a drastic move from Cali to Maine. Not just for the decent education in public schools, but for a state that on the whole has more of the values and attitude we have….less time in your cars, less pollution, curteous people…Good for you for appreciating how lucky you are – it’s a sad realization that where we send our kids to school has become one of the most talked about topics. When words like fear, safety, no money, no more funding, guns, and lack of supplies comes in conversation when talking about education there is something REALLY wrong with where we send our children everyday.


  2. Just checked “school of no”. I’m speechless.


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