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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:01 PM

2. My initial reaction when I saw the film was amazement at the crowds of parents in those scenes

at the end of the film. Standing room only in gyms and auditoriums - parents who are all so concerned and involved they had gone to the extreme of a lottery system to find a new school for their children.

That's just not the reality. This year alone - we had an awards assembly a few weeks ago and you could count on two hands the parents in attendance. Then we had an event in the evening. We brought in local elected officials and police officers to talk about community issues ranging from crime to activities at the local community center. Again, poor attendance. More school district staff than parents. This past week, a Christmas program. The children were on stage singing Christmas songs. 15 parents came. We also sent notes home asking parents to agree to send items for class parties this week. Very few responded.

I know it's not politically correct to blame the parents and I'm not going to do that. I'm just stating the reality that parents don't support urban core schools. And this is a change. I can remember 20+ years ago, if we put kids up on stage, we would have a standing room only audience. No I don't know if the change is due to parents' work hours or what, I am only reporting the change.

So I found those large crowds in the movie very unrealistic. I wish that was the reality.

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