CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I’m one of the biggest critics of CMS. Because I have the most invested. I have two daughters who graduated from Northwest School of the Arts and two more kids who are going to North Meck High School – the same North Meck locked down in February when a 15-year old brought a gun to school and the same North Meck in the headlines in April when another 15-year old was charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking a girl on campus.
Who sends their kids to such a school? I do. And I’d do it again.
Why? Here are 10 reasons, plus one:
- North Meck offers my kids teams and clubs and school spirit than Cato Middle College High School doesn’t – even though Cato’s scores are much better from a purely college prep perspective.
- Because a school is more than its test scores. A lot more.
- North Meck offers more IB and AP courses than a charter school.
- North Meck has a superb Speech and Debate team with a rich tradition (Thank you Mr. Rocca for all the hours).
- North Meck has many great teachers. Not good teachers. Great teachers. (Thank you all).
- North Meck’s diversity exposes my kids to students from around the world – and across town.
- North Meck’s adversity teaches my kids you can’t just run away when things are tough.
- My daughter’s boyfriend went to North Meck and got a full ride to NC State. And an education.
- North Meck students taught us an alternate definition of the word “ratchet” – which North Meck is not, BTW, you haters.
- My own education at an all-white private school was the product of white flight and that education helped me a great deal with book learning but did little to prepare me for my first real job 30 years ago interviewing all types of people in Mississippi.
- The boogaloo.
I say all this for several reasons:
A) Reporters cannot be perfectly objective– especially about their kids
B) People should know where a reporter is coming from.
C) I’ve been doing a lot of reporting on schools so you should know where I’m invested
I reserve the right to criticize CMS and ask hard but fair questions, precisely because I’m invested.
So there. Now you know.
Stuart Watson firstname.lastname@example.org @stuartWCNC