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ARCHIVED: CecilyK
February 22, 2013
10:13 pm
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Laura Bendell said

ratherbeinmelbourne said
See phillyfreeschool.org/admissions where they say tuition is $10,000 per year.

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyfreeschool/ for what that $10K gets you…

I looked at those pics. While I don't have kids personally, my friend jokes that I co-parent her 4th grader with her, which means I spend a lot of time at an elementary school seeing kids when dropping off/picking up her kid. Know what stands out to me about those kids? Aside from one AA boy, and a white girl with reddish hair and beautiful posture, NONE of those kids look very old. The two kids I mention look like they're at about 3rd grade (8 or 9 yrs old). Which tells me kids don't stay past that age, despite their website saying kids up to age 19 can be there. I saw NO jr-high kids at all in those pictures. Parents pull their kids out of that school by upper elementary grades, it seems.

If I were a parent looking at alternative schools for my kid, visiting a school claiming to take all ages/grades but not having representatives of all ages/grades would be a huge red flag to me.

That school throws up soverymany red flags for me. That said, I think it only opened a few years ago, so there wouldn't be any older students yet, unless they transferred (I could be wrong though).

Now. That does not explain why those pictures look like an American Apparel campaign shot in a condemned YMCA. Or People's Exhibit A.

February 22, 2013
10:36 pm
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hot wings
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Cat Hepburn said Now. That does not explain why those pictures look like an American Apparel campaign shot in a condemned YMCA. Or People's Exhibit A.

Oh, the picture-man, Mr. Terry, was so nice, Mom! uhwut

February 22, 2013
11:24 pm
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Beezus Christ
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Comment from the "tough conversation with mom" post from another one of her lapdogs:

Kudos to you. Go eat, drink, and do whatever makes you feel good. Now is the time to nurture–yourself, your husband, and your awesome little girl!

Yes, good advice. Nurture everybody except the one who needs it most…you know, the ELDERLY, SICK one. Oh but wait, it's ok because Cecily says they have "plenty of time".

February 22, 2013
11:31 pm
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SweetCheeks

BaSiC b***h said

Cat Hepburn said Now. That does not explain why those pictures look like an American Apparel campaign shot in a condemned YMCA. Or People's Exhibit A.

Oh, the picture-man, Mr. Terry, was so nice, Mom! uhwut

omg

 

But maybe I'm just jealous that couldn't get my kid an electrician's apprenticeship when he was 7.

 

yikes

February 22, 2013
11:50 pm
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BaSiC b***h said

kissmygrits said
When the Free Unschool first came up way back this thread I think someone said it best that the photos look like that were taken in a Romanian orphanage. The place is sordid and creepy. Who in the world would leave their child there and pay 10k to do it? Oh, yeah, that's right. Cess-pool and LOLPoet.

Yeah, I'm so glad that in Cess's world, it's "traumatizing" and "stressful" for Tori to be around her ailing grandmother in their own home, but going to a dank, haunted warehouse with minimal supervision is amazing, wonderful, the best thing ever, PS Tori's public school was godawful because she couldn't draw and color all the livelong day–did C ever tell you that public school sucks! It sucks!

Don't forget to buy art supplies for them! I hear they also need an air conditioner and toilet paper!

And tetanus shots!  Lots and lots of tetanus shots.

February 22, 2013
11:50 pm
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Beezus Christ
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kneel said

I just read the art post on her blog and see that's it's a sponsored post. I know she thinks she's a writer because she types words and they appear on a screen, but if I were the person who hired her to write that, I'd be seriously annoyed. It's just not good. 

God, exactly. Even the LOLPoet, for all his faults–of which there are tons–does know how to turn a phrase now and then. Cecily, like you said, just types.

February 22, 2013
11:55 pm
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hot wings
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SweetCheeks said

BaSiC b***h said

Cat Hepburn said Now. That does not explain why those pictures look like an American Apparel campaign shot in a condemned YMCA. Or People's Exhibit A.

Oh, the picture-man, Mr. Terry, was so nice, Mom! uhwut

omg

 

But maybe I'm just jealous that couldn't get my kid an electrician's apprenticeship when he was 7.

 

yikes

That little girl may never learn what a circuit actually is, but damn, can she stand on a ladder like a pro!

February 23, 2013
12:02 am
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Beezus Christ
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Binky said

ratherbeinmelbourne said
I posted this this morning in response to the Maura/Laura comments. Can't believe it's still there.

 

I can't believe how un-Cecily that response is. And that she didn't delete it immediately. I think she thinks her sponsors/employers are watching.

Naw, Cecily was replying to Laura and Maura in that response, not ratherbeinmelbourne. Methinks she would/will not be so gentle should she choose to answer that awesome comment.

February 23, 2013
11:37 am
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Snarky McSnarkypants
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Cat Hepburn said

Laura Bendell said

ratherbeinmelbourne said
See phillyfreeschool.org/admissions where they say tuition is $10,000 per year.

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyfreeschool/ for what that $10K gets you…

I looked at those pics. While I don't have kids personally, my friend jokes that I co-parent her 4th grader with her, which means I spend a lot of time at an elementary school seeing kids when dropping off/picking up her kid. Know what stands out to me about those kids? Aside from one AA boy, and a white girl with reddish hair and beautiful posture, NONE of those kids look very old. The two kids I mention look like they're at about 3rd grade (8 or 9 yrs old). Which tells me kids don't stay past that age, despite their website saying kids up to age 19 can be there. I saw NO jr-high kids at all in those pictures. Parents pull their kids out of that school by upper elementary grades, it seems.

If I were a parent looking at alternative schools for my kid, visiting a school claiming to take all ages/grades but not having representatives of all ages/grades would be a huge red flag to me.

That school throws up soverymany red flags for me. That said, I think it only opened a few years ago, so there wouldn't be any older students yet, unless they transferred (I could be wrong though).

It doesn't really work that way. When a school opens, they take all eligible students. You don't have to start as a kindergartener and work your way up.

February 23, 2013
2:40 pm
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Snarky McSnarkypants said

Cat Hepburn said

Laura Bendell said

ratherbeinmelbourne said
See phillyfreeschool.org/admissions where they say tuition is $10,000 per year.

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyfreeschool/ for what that $10K gets you…

I looked at those pics. While I don't have kids personally, my friend jokes that I co-parent her 4th grader with her, which means I spend a lot of time at an elementary school seeing kids when dropping off/picking up her kid. Know what stands out to me about those kids? Aside from one AA boy, and a white girl with reddish hair and beautiful posture, NONE of those kids look very old. The two kids I mention look like they're at about 3rd grade (8 or 9 yrs old). Which tells me kids don't stay past that age, despite their website saying kids up to age 19 can be there. I saw NO jr-high kids at all in those pictures. Parents pull their kids out of that school by upper elementary grades, it seems.

If I were a parent looking at alternative schools for my kid, visiting a school claiming to take all ages/grades but not having representatives of all ages/grades would be a huge red flag to me.

That school throws up soverymany red flags for me. That said, I think it only opened a few years ago, so there wouldn't be any older students yet, unless they transferred (I could be wrong though).

It doesn't really work that way. When a school opens, they take all eligible students. You don't have to start as a kindergartener and work your way up.

I understand that, but I can't picture many high school students wanting to transfer to a program like that, particularly one that's just starting out and has no older students. Even if they're already unschooled, why randomly switch to this place, with no peer group and no success stories?

February 23, 2013
2:52 pm
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If you think your kid has artistic talent, wouldn't you want her at a school with a good art teacher versus some aimless and vaguely sinister adults wandering around and playing ping pong?

February 23, 2013
4:58 pm
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S-natch
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December 22, 2012

Arrrg.. this website eats my posts sometimes. 

February 23, 2013
5:38 pm
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hot wings
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February 17, 2012

AuntieMeme said
If you think your kid has artistic talent, wouldn't you want her at a school with a good art teacher versus some aimless and vaguely sinister adults wandering around and playing ping pong?

Exactly.

Hell, as far as "alternative" schools go, Waldorf or Montessori would be much better suited for a creative child who still needs some direction, instruction, discipline, and structure (as all kids, especially unruly ones, do). And of course Cecily is free to purchase tons of art supplies for her own home and let Tori go for it, or sign her up for extracurricular enrichment art classes. Again, though, those things take money and effort on Cecily's part, so they aren't going to happen.

Also, Cecily doesn't want to receive daily discipline notes or deal with "the man," so she romanticizes this ridiculous free school even though it sounds like little more than an expensive-yet-shoddy daycare. And I don't think Cecily understands that even the greatest creative and most prolific artists in history still had to learn basic techniques before they could experiment and come into their own. (Did Picasso paint Guernica without formal artistic training? NO! His father worked with him and fostered his talent from a young age!) Cecily really seems to believe that education thwarts creativity, but quite honestly, I think providing little to no guidance and inspiration for a child's creative mind is much, much worse.

But who cares about the building blocks of education as long as Tori is "safely tucked away" at school like mom is at rehab?

Sorry, this topic is obviously a hot button issue for me, but I believe that C&C are doing their daughter a great disservice with this academic approach (if I can call it that).





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