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Re: “Hidden Agenda?

LOL!!! If I didn't know how ridiculous this article was, I would be more upset. I'm a proud parent of two SSA students. Our children have had the privilage of attending SSA for several years. I know the Administration, teachers, students, and parents of students & NEVER has anyone made mention of the concerns listed above. What this article does sound like to me is envy. Envy for the test scores, grant money, national press etc. It's sad that the hard work of students & faculty gets boiled down to this bizarre tripe. Walk through the halls and what you'll see is determination, guidance, self-respect & an academic environment that needs to be replicated. We have trusted SSA to be an influential partner is our children's development since grade school, & will continue to, thru high school. Thanks SSA,
Mrs. Robinson

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Posted by askdrmark on 01/08/2010 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Hidden Agenda?

Bravo Joesmom!!! Bravo

Posted by askdrmark on 01/08/2010 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Hidden Agenda?

Well, first let me point out my background. I am an Irish-American Christian Physician whose two children have attended this academy for over 5 years. I am a military veteran of 14 years service. so much for any of the xenophobes out there who wish to question my credentials as an "American" To be succinct, this article in the weekly, took the opinion of one ethnocentric yahoo, and defamed a school doing a fantastic job for children in Tucson of all backgrounds. Shame on the weekly. A paper which prides itself on fair mindedness, displaying this type of animosity without any proof aside from the dangerous poison of innuendo, should immediately recant this article, and apologize to the school. As far as Mr. Karatas is concerned, my wife and I have had numerous interactions with him as primary administrator, and have found him to be an affable, honorable and dedicated educator. And he happens to be of Turkish decent.
In addition, name me a history curriculum in this city which teaches the smallest bit about the Armenian Genocide. For that matter, how about Cambodia, Darfur, Kosovo, Soviet Russian and Maoist China. Most of the schools in this city, have a difficult enough task teaching about the Nazi Holocaust. We have found our children's history courses, incidentally taught by Anglo American teachers to be extremely balanced and informative.
I strongly suspect that the motivation for maligning such an outstanding school is jealously on the part of schools not as successful, or on the part of a poorly informed and hostile parent.

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Posted by askdrmark on 01/08/2010 at 6:24 PM

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