The notice announcing the Information Night for a new alternative junior high school arrived today, and I don't think I've ever read a more laughable advertisement for a public school or government sponsored program in my life. I suppose if you're somewhat left of center socially or politically, this will sound wonderful. To the rest of us, all I can say is oh my God!
It's called "The Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning" and will be located within Eastlake High School. I'm not kidding. But if you think putting 7th and 8th graders (9th graders starting in 2007) into a high school doesn't sound bad enough, here is the description of the school provided on the meeting notice.
"At Renaissance School students develop in an environment of artistry, rigor, and warmth; learn to think and act using multiple approaches and perspectives; are known and nurtured as important individuals who have an active concern for their community and society. The school's program integrates reasoning, artistic, and community building skills to support the learning of important content."I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I know, though, that if the cirriculum lives up to the impression left by this description, that the left can never complain again about home schooling or vouchers. This publicly funded school for liberal education should provide ample evidence to counter any complaints.