Thursday, June 22, 2006

Chester Gala on FoxNews

Chester Gala and his father Eric Gala were interviewed on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" of FoxNews. A transcript and a video can be found here.

Chester is a smart boy who has skipped two grades. That puts him in school and on the bus with kids two, three, and possibly four years older than himself. Two bullies beat him up on that school bus last month and were recently charged. The video on the bus caught the whole thing.

No wonder some parents of gifted children, like a friend of mine, choose to homeschool their kids.


At 6/22/2006 3:13 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

I missed the interview but heard about the incident. Horrible.

I feel like public schools sometimes get more bad press than they deserve. Maybe this kid's school district is a mess, or maybe there are just a couple of bad kids that live down the street. There are things that kids can do in public schools that I would like to think make up for any failings a system may have. Had I not attended public school, I would have never been able to participate in All-State chorus, which was a hugely defining activity for me.

I'm sure homeschooling can be fantastic, but public schools aren't so bad either for many students.

At 6/22/2006 7:50 PM, Blogger ColossusHube said...

My wife and I saw that show. My wife was horrified. I, less so, since I do bus duty at school and have had to deal with similar incidents.

At 6/23/2006 8:44 AM, Blogger A. Pendergast said...

why not just drive the kid to school yourself?

At 6/27/2006 9:44 AM, Anonymous NosyNeighbor said...

The problem is these bullies are entitled to a public education too so you can't just throw out the bad seeds. But, then, the rest of the students suffer. It's a no-win situation. That's why I chose private school. It kills me financially but I don't want my son to be subjected to that environment. And unfortunately there isn't much the school(s) can do about it. They have very little leverage.

At 6/27/2006 10:47 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

What is it? About 25% of Delaware children are in private school? Delaware also has a huge homeschool population. I think the breakdown in dicipline is one reason for the growth of the homeschool movement in the country. Parents are just tired of sending their kids off to a war zone everyday where they can't protect them.

I personally know families in which children were bullied daily and the schools were unwilling or unable to stop the abuse. Tragic.

Kudos on your sacrifice and commitment, NN, to your children's well-being and education.


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