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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

August 8, 2019
We Choose

Family and Difficult Solutions

Suki: "What do you have against the public school system?"
Opinion: A "Good" School
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  We Choose

(0 A August 2019) School_norman-rockwell-visits-a-country-school.jpgAre you experiencing excitement, dread, confidence, uncertainty, thrills, apprehension or contradictory feelings about your educational plans for your children this fall? Choosing an educational path is an important decision. Whether you have selected homeschooling, public, parochial, private, charter or a combination, making right choices for your children's particular needs is a big deal. If you are in a quandary and want to explore another approach, visit other options. Schools are as eager as you to find good fits. Homeschooling has gained a solid place in the array of choices and homeschoolers are glad to share resources and experiences with you. Talking with friends is helpful, but there is nothing like doing original research.

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Family and Difficult Solutions

We all are appalled by the mass violence which is an abhorrent part of our contemporary culture. We discuss and argue about solutions (gun control, firearm applications, red-flagging, mental health, families without fathers, high school records as identifiers, et.al.) yet get hung up on the eternal conflicts between proponents of societal control and defenders of individual freedoms. It is not easy, yet we keep trying.   

Dr. Warren Farrell, the author of The Boy Crisis, educator, activist and author of seven books on men's and women's issues, prominent as a supporter of second wave feminism, was recently interviewed on his theories as to what circumstances lead to becoming a mass killer. The interviewer stated that 26 of 27 shooters of eight or more victims since 1966 have been men. Rather than paraphrasing Dr. Farrell, I refer you to the interview.

Please bear in mind that Dr. Farrell is referring to an extremely small subset of our population -boys/men who do not have steady male role models in the home or schools, loners, unpopular, disrespected, marginalized, and who ultimately decide to gain respect//power by hurting us-- nevertheless this needs to be a part of discussions. There are plenty of boys who grow up without a father in the home who are nourished, respected, attach to male role models in their extended families and schools and live healthy, successful, empathetic lives.

Although this subset is shocking and statistically small we also need to  consider the root cause of the subset of violence in certain of our larger cities which takes even more lives than mass murders.

Family! It comes back to family and schools which support our family values. Healthy families and positive schooling are the foundation for a healthy culture. We parents, grandparents and teachers have the most important jobs in the nation.

Let's keep on doing our best as we seek facts, keep our minds open and support fact-based solutions to difficult problems, Parmalee

 

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  Suki: "What do you have against the public school system?"

(0 AB December 2018) Suki_180No2.jpgIt's not what you expect to be asked while sitting in the hot tub at your health club! But it's the sort of question that parents face all the time when they make unusual choices for their children's education.

Perhaps your child is in school but taking enrichment courses outside of school. Maybe you've enrolled your child in a gifted program. Or perhaps you are homeschooling. Maybe unschooling. Possibly you've chosen an alternative public school or private school. No matter what the choice, you've done it to suit your child's and your family's needs.

Making these choices is hard-I know. My earliest parenting choices are what led me to get interested in writing about parenting, then homeschooling, then teaching children.

Click here to read the piece I wrote after being asked that question. I hope you are all having a happy summer!

Suki Wessling is a local writer, teacher and musician. Find more about Suki here.

  Opinion: A "Good" School

There's a Difference Between a "Good' School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

by Zachary Wright

It's nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten, elementary students to middle school, and middle schoolers to high school.

With transitions come decisions and, thanks to funding formulas that largely equate access to quality education with where one lives, parents often use these periods of transition to decide on where to settle, or re-settle, their families.

When this happens, particularly for young-ish White progressives like me, the choices we make for our children run the risk of being at odds with our values. Indeed, back when I was deciding what school district to choose for my family, my values of diversity, social justice and anti-racism seemingly ran headlong into getting a "good" education for my children. Continue>>>

Zachary Wright, a national finalist for the United States Department of Education's School Ambassador Fellowship is an assistant professor of practice at Relay Graduate School of Education serving Philadelphia and Camden. Prior to that, he was the 12th-grade world literature and AP literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus for the last eight years, teaching the school's first eight graduating classes.

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Free Open Rehearsals
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  Free Open Rehearsals
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 9)
Details: You're invited to discover what increasing numbers of Festival fans have already realized-Open Rehearsals are a dynamic precurso
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
2nd Saturday with Guest Dogs
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  2nd Saturday with Guest Dogs
Ag History Project
Date: 08/10/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Looking forward to having the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club with us. They have some great demonstrations scheduled.
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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  Friday Night Bands at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Special Instructions:
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Cabrillo Registration Fair
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  Cabrillo Registration Fair
Cabrillo College - Watsonville
Date: 08/08/2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: information about affordable and FREE adult education classes throughout Santa Cruz County, including: English as a Second Langu
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Into The Woods
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  Into The Woods
Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 18)
Details: WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Art & Music at the Beach
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  Art & Music at the Beach
Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
Date: Every Su (Jun 23-Aug 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
TACO TUESDAYS RETURN TO FELTON
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  TACO TUESDAYS RETURN TO FELTON
Food Truck A Go Go
Date: 08/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-Only CPR
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  Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-Only CPR
Library Central
Date: 08/08/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 18 yrs & up
Details: Learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters, what to keep in your emergency bag, and get instruction
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 view all details >>
     
Red Cross Ready for Kids
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  Red Cross Ready for Kids
Library Scotts Valley
Date: 08/14/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Families with Kids ages 4-7
Details: Red Cross Ready for Kids - the basic tenets of emergency preparedness
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
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  THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 22-Dec 15)
Details: Explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Comedy of Errors
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  Comedy of Errors
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Date: Every day (Jul 23-Sep 1)
Details: One of Shakespeare's earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comed
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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  Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults
Details: Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Musical Saw Festival
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  Musical Saw Festival
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: 08/11/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Listen to the world's greatest saw players ...and learn how to play a saw!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Big Trees Art Exhibit
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  Big Trees Art Exhibit
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every weekday (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 8:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Beautiful big trees - art by local artists
Special Instructions: M-F
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
Free Family Movie Night
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  Free Family Movie Night
Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 08/16/2019 from 8:45pm to 11:45pm
Details: A series of free outdoor movie events Incredibles 2
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Full Moon Madness
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  Full Moon Madness
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 08/09/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All
Details: This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
     
     
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