•A friend who teaches in south Georgia had a favorite student move to Massachusetts this summer. A high achiever, the teen is going to attend a top public school in his new area. But he was told by a counselor at his new school that it was unlikely that he was prepared to handle the honors track there. In fact, the counselor suggested that he may need remediation. This was not based on any test scores, but on the fact that boy had attended school in rural Georgia.
•I recently talked to a retired executive whose career track included a brief departure from east Cobb for Chicago where the family lived in one of the swank North Shore suburbs with nationally recognized schools. In the first meeting at the school, administrators mentioned to the executive that his two children may need to go back a grade as it was probable they were behind. The father refused, and his children did fine.
•Over the weekend, a woman told me that her rising high school senior attended two camps this summer held at Northeastern campuses he was considering for college. (She figured that going to camp there would give him insights into whether he would be happy attending college there.) He was the lone Southern camper, and was peppered with questions about all the negative Southern stereotypes. Eventually, his mom advised him not to tell people he was from Georgia, but from Atlanta.
For those who moved South from other regions, did you have fears about school quality?
And, if you have left the South for other regions, have you encountered the assumption that you or your children received an inferior education? Did your children get an inferior education? Were your new schools a notable improvement?
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog