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A blue man ‘dupe’: Parent panic at 32G ‘progressive’ school
NY Post ^ | June 13, 2012 | TARA PALMERI

Posted on 06/13/2012 11:26:43 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

The Blue School is one big play date in desperate need of adult supervision.

Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

“It’s true,” she said when asked if her kid was struggling to read.

In all, she added, four of her son’s first-grade classmates are leaving the Financial District institution.

Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.

“When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.”

Other moms have taken to a popular message board to vent.

“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: progressive; school

1 posted on 06/13/2012 11:26:51 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The kids may not be taught to read and write, but I bet the teachers talk dirty to the kids in the name of “sex education.” Perverts.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 11:31:01 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Your school was founded by the Blue Man Group. What was your first clue it might be a big joke?


3 posted on 06/13/2012 11:33:42 AM PDT by Argus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

” When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.” “

Ya think ??

I’m glad the school grabbed your 32,000, you insipid dolt : )


4 posted on 06/13/2012 11:35:17 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Shouldn’t all parents look at the whole public school system with the same critical analysis? If they did, they’d conclude to do the same thing as those parents pulling their kids from most public schools, just like the parents of the kids attending the Blue Man Group school.

Control of schools should be under “parental supervision”, which means, parents should be the ones responsible for selecting/electing the people who will be responsible for teaching their kids, and not some unaccountable political appointee.


5 posted on 06/13/2012 11:36:55 AM PDT by adorno
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Meanwhile, your average homeschooler can read at a third grade level by the time they’re 4.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 11:39:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

bfl


7 posted on 06/13/2012 11:42:42 AM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: MrB
Meanwhile, your average homeschooler can read at a third grade High School level by the time they’re 4

Had to adjust for grade inflation, social promotion and the proliferation of illegal aliens.

8 posted on 06/13/2012 11:44:23 AM PDT by Hodar (Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.- A. Schopenhauer)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Did they at least learn how to play the drums?


9 posted on 06/13/2012 11:45:26 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Its obvious that these now-disillusioned parents had more money than brains when thy enrolled their children at this joke of a ‘school. It was obviously nothing more than a glorified, wickedly expensive baby-sitting service. When 6-year old children decide the ‘curriculum’ and teachers leave in waves, that might have been a clue. Of course, the fact that the ‘school’ was named and founded by a mime group that paints their bodies blue should have been a clue. However, I’m sure the ‘trendy’ reputation of this ‘school’ meant more to these affluent parents than taking the time to investigate what their children were learning for $32,000. per year. Now, they know and are poorer but unlikely much wiser.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 11:48:12 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
“Parents are understandably anxious about being patient if their child is developing at a slightly later time,” said Steve Nelson, head of the Calhoun School, who advised parents to remain calm.

My parents weren't too patient when I wasn't learning how to read in an urban New Jersey public school. In the 1950s. They dragged my butt away and handed me over to the Catholic nuns. I was much happier (albeit much dumber) in public school. I'm sure they weren't too happy about having to pay for services that they should have gotten in return for their tax dollars.

11 posted on 06/13/2012 11:50:56 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

If these parents enrolled their kids in a private school without even asking a single question about the curriculum then their offspring are probably at the right school.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT by domeika
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To: domeika
"If these parents enrolled their kids in a private school without even asking a single question about the curriculum then their offspring are probably at the right school."

LOL!!! Took me a minute to get it, but you're absolutely correct!

13 posted on 06/13/2012 11:57:44 AM PDT by avacado
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To: MrB

I didn’t think that kids four and under went to public schools yet. So aren’t all kids four and under pretty much home schooled?


14 posted on 06/13/2012 12:01:43 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Argus
For those who have no idea what "Blue Man Group" is/are:


15 posted on 06/13/2012 12:03:16 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

At what point did you get suspicious? When the school administrator hugged you when you dropped off the $32K check or when your 8 year old came home and told you school is really boring? Hippies teaching the children of hippies.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 12:05:35 PM PDT by Ben Mugged ("Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne)
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To: MrB

” Meanwhile, your average homeschooler can read at a third grade level by the time they’re 4.”

Homeschooling is the best, even if you need tutors at times.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 12:07:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

They can get an equally crummy education in the NYC public schools for “free.”


18 posted on 06/13/2012 12:15:50 PM PDT by goldi
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 32 GRAND! *WIPES EYES* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


19 posted on 06/13/2012 12:18:11 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I’m glad the school grabbed your 32,000, you insipid dolt : )

Wisdom from Lurkers' Grandfather: "Boy, stupid is supposed to hurt."

20 posted on 06/13/2012 12:18:22 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

There’s “feeling good”.
There’s “learning”.

Sometimes the two overlap.
Sometimes they don’t.

When “feeling good” takes precedence over “learning,” “school” becomes a euphemism for “playground”.

These parents are paying $32K a year to send their kids to Chuck E Cheeze’s.


21 posted on 06/13/2012 12:20:46 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

OK OK...

“Four year olds whose parents intend to homeschool them...”


22 posted on 06/13/2012 12:21:48 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Jim Scott

You got it. Thirty-two thousand dollars for a conversation stopper at the next cocktail party.


23 posted on 06/13/2012 12:25:06 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Perdogg
Did they at least learn how to play the drums?

THIS.

The kids should at least be able to bang out a decent rhythm on a PVC pipe.

24 posted on 06/13/2012 12:26:42 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yeah, these guys look like educators...............

25 posted on 06/13/2012 12:26:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

These parents are greatly overreacting. This type of school is teacheing a valuable lesson to these kids.

That a sucker is born every minute.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
A blue man ‘dupe’:

There's been entirely too much of this sort of misreprtesentation goin' around!

27 posted on 06/13/2012 12:31:07 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Argus

I read that line and stopped reading. Founded by the Blue Man Group? No books? What could possibly go wrong?

Just damn.


28 posted on 06/13/2012 12:32:30 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Did they at least learn to shut up?
BMG is a mime group after all (albeit a noisy one).

29 posted on 06/13/2012 12:33:30 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Slump Tester

Bit of an acquired taste obviously, but Blue Man Group puts on a very entertaining live show. That said, why would anyone think they were qualified to run a school? For $32 grand a year! Maybe an after-school arts program, at most.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 12:34:56 PM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The parents must be morons! Sending a child to a $32k a year elementary school with no books, no testing or a proven track record, is pure insanity.

Liberals are stupid tools and the school sounds like a money laundering scheme.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 12:37:25 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Idiocracy may come true after all.


32 posted on 06/13/2012 12:44:01 PM PDT by freebird5850 (Just don't have a tagline today. This administration makes me quite sad.)
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To: Lurker

: )


33 posted on 06/13/2012 1:25:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good parents check the curriculum, not base their child’s education on fads. They probably put less thought into the school than picking out a new car that costs as much money as the tuition.


34 posted on 06/13/2012 2:11:45 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Betcha anything most of these parents think their kids are indigo children.
35 posted on 06/13/2012 2:19:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Any parent that trusts STRANGERS to educate their kids is, arguably, abusing those kids.

Their is only ONE PERSON that has educated my kids, and that’s mwa (i.e., me). The results have spoken for themselves.


36 posted on 06/13/2012 5:32:18 PM PDT by BobL
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To: MrB

“Meanwhile, your average homeschooler can read at a third grade level by the time they’re 4.”

And 12th grade by age 8.


37 posted on 06/13/2012 5:33:13 PM PDT by BobL
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks rightwingintelligentsia.
...$32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group... no books and no tests... kids are barely learning to read... complained that the school is "unstructured."
If they want to make this a success, they need to have Gallagher operate the cafeteria.

That's about $1000 a week, btw. More money than brains / drunken weekend in Chicago ping.


38 posted on 06/13/2012 6:12:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
We have a winner. A private school in NYC that makes Dalton, Fieldston/Ethical Culture, and York Prep look traditional. Idiots.

As far as I am concerned the only good secular private schools in NYC are
Coed: Trinity, Horace Mann, Riverdale, Poly Prep
Boys: Collegiate, Buckley, St. Bernard, Browning(for less smart boys)
Girls: Spence, Brearly, Nightingale-Bamford, Hewitt (for pretty but less smart girls).
Buckley is probably the most politically conservative of these, or was when I left 21 years ago. Kids there are taught to love America and Britain. Unfortunately it is Kindergarten to ninth grade only. I would also suggest Ramaz, although it is a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva.

39 posted on 06/13/2012 7:28:40 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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