Middle School Petition (Update)

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Two weeks ago, middle school parents started a Change.org petition to be allowed to the “Middle School Graduation.” We covered the petition in a post two days ago. In two days, the number of signatures has risen from 223 to 360. So they have gone from getting about 19 signatures per day on average to getting about 68 signatures per day on average. We hope that our highlight of the issue helped.

Update on Readership (May 16)

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Wowzers. Readership has really taken off in the last week, so we have numerous statistics to share with you. Below are three graphs showing views and visitors on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The pink bar in each graph represents the current time period, and so that bar will continue to grow. In fact, we get most of our views in two distinct time periods each day:

  1. The 30-45 minutes period after the school day ends.
  2. Between 7 and 10 PM

So that means that, even in just a few hours, the data in these graphs will lag far behind the current numbers. These graphs were made at 11:30 AM on Thursday.

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Daily Views

You can see that just the last few days have had a large number of viewers when compared with last week, but the views from last week were 3-4 times more than any of the previous weeks. This is about where we were at the same time yesterday, so we think we will break 1,000 views for two days in a row.

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Weekly views

We are going to have a second week of 2,000+ views in a row. The last time our blog was read this frequently was when Nancy Abdul Ghafoor quit her job on a Thursday, giving 0 days notice.

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Monthly View

We like the monthly view because our blog is still young enough that we can see every month in which we have existed. May 2019 is currently the 3rd highest viewed month ever. As of a week ago, we thought that this achievement would be difficult to achieve and the highest that this month would go. However, if 1,000 view days continue for a while, this month could go onto perform higher than 3rd.

We have some more articles in store for the coming days, including one for later this afternoon regarding an update on the Middle School parents petition.

Comment Below

We recently changed the design of the website so that you could see all blog posts on the main page, along with their featured image and a tagline. We are curious if this makes it easier for our readers and whether they generally like the new design better. Let us know below – if the old design was better it would not be difficult to go back.

Wael: Tire Slasher

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We won’t call this post a “featured comment” post because that is getting old. But, in a recent comment, someone mentioned that Wael had a teacher’s tires slashed for parking in front of and blocking his garage exit with their car.

We have been able to confirm this from numerous sources who are all aware of the situation on a first-hand basis, so we are confident in saying that this statement is true.

So, be careful where you park your car.

Featured Comment: “…breaking her legs…”

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We received a comment recently on the post Featured Comment: “..who are you guys seriously defending…”, and so now we have two “featured comment” posts in short succession. Read the comment below:

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That’s an intense story. Here to lighten it up is a little old lady with a cast.

We don’t have a way to verify any of the claims in this comment. Because of the incendiary nature of the comment, we almost deleted it. However, we have never deleted a substantive comment.

Editor’s note: We have deleted 3 comments. They were all advertisements for body modification services – none had any value to the blog. No comment of substance, whether we agree or disagree with it, has ever been removed from the site.

When you read the above comment, please do so with scrutiny. It is rumour unless it is proven or verified. We can also say we have never heard a single anecdote of Wael Abdul Ghafoor being violent or threatening violence. Wael is not a great school owner (in our opinion), but that does not make him a bad person. It just means that we should all advocate for leadership change until the school decides to pursue such a course.

That said, if anybody can provide verifiable evidence that such claims are true, please send them to us so we can vet them. Until that time, it is probably best to use more discretion.

ISR Review #56

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Two ISR reviews dropped yesterday. One we covered in our previous post, as it explicitly mentioned American School of Kuwait Reviews. The other review, with our commentary, is below:

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  • It is difficult to rate the academic integrity of a school. We know of no instance where any administrator has blatantly changed a grade. To teachers, administrators strictly say that grades are the discretion of the teacher of record. Is there something we are missing here?
  • We’ll have to disagree with the score for “Effectiveness of administration” as well. A score of 1 is quite harsh, and it implies that the school could not possibly be any worse. It certainly could be much worse. In addition, while there are certainly some major problems with some administrators, many are fine people and educators.
  • We can agree with the next two lines. Disciplinary support is quite limited and usually reserved for the worst offenders. This means that minor offenses often go overlooked, and it perpetuates a culture that lacks discipline. Also, seeing as the director chooses to remain out of the country for nearly half of the school year, a 4 is a fair rating here, as well.
  • This person clearly lived in the annex based on their satisfaction with the housing (confirmed in text below).
  • Most of the others are right in the correct ballpark, though assistance with visas may be too low. The ladies in the admin office work very hard to assist teachers the best they can. Buy them a coffee, they deserve it.

Okay, on to the text of the review:

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  • If you’re told that you’re living in the Annex, you may just want to back out of your contract.
  • Mold is a problem in all three buildings. You should do an inspection for the stuff and demand it be fixed in a timely manner.
  • Do the buses still leave early even though they aren’t full, or has that been fixed?
  • We suspect this teacher was in the Elementary school – the high school / middle school elevator requires a key. The Elementary elevator is indeed broken quite often. Don’t get stuck inside!

We hope this teacher is off to greener pastures. Remember folks, you should fill out an honest ISR review – try not to make it overly harsh, just fair. No school is perfect, and no school is only bad all of the time. Make your ISR review as informative as possible by leaving lots of details about each aspect of your time in Kuwait. We highly recommend joining the site. The fee is not high and you are supporting good people. To summarize:

International Schools Review

  • Leaving reviews is free
  • Reviews are anonymous
  • Reading reviews requires a membership
  • The membership fee is not expensive.

ASKR mentioned on ISR

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A new ISR review was written by a candidate who declined a job at ASK because of ASKR. See the review below:

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There were actually two new ISR reviews yesterday. The other (review 56) was a bit longer, so it may be a day or two before we post our usual analysis.