There's a dirty secret in this town a charter school for dreams that never come true or even offer the opportunity to come true. To date, there's nobody famous from there and it's nothing like the show "Fame," where fame comes at a cost but you have to pay in sweat and hard work.
They have no connections anywhere near Broadway and last year the callous administrators forced an overtired science teacher to teach sixth-grade theater class. He was science.
Consequently, the kids never learned a dramatic skill, never one single "STELLA, STELLA!" or anything about the stage. Please, somebody help.
Now in seventh grade, my daughter cries a lot, thinking she loves the school but I don't think she could and it's creating a conflict, internally, that this school is causing.
So we turned to the band, where every kid has a chance and even if you're called a nerd, you're given a one-on-one chance at artsy glory. But my daughter feels intimidated by a band teacher who keeps harassing her to sell his candles or else and then a week later has another fundraiser that the parents dread participating in and know that it will be tantamount to having telemarketers calling your home at dinner time.
He then told me over the phone he knows which students have their hearts in "the fundraiser." Those without the "proper" heart get a busted down grade.
She frequently becomes "sick" now every day that she has him. He simply will not teach her how to play this instrument and I only know the flute.
All I want is my daughter ready for eighth-grade public school band, because I can't find the one at this school.