HolyCoast: Would You Send Your Kids To a School Run by The Blue Man Group?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Would You Send Your Kids To a School Run by The Blue Man Group?

I'd never heard of the Blue Man Group before our first visit to Las Vegas in 2000.  The bald blue guys staring at me from a sign at the airport was a little disconcerting, but totally Vegas.

I didn't know that these guys (and their parent group in New York City) had started a private school.  Perhaps they need to stick to Vegas showrooms:
The Blue School is one big play date in desperate need of adult supervision.

Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

“It’s true,” she said when asked if her kid was struggling to read.

In all, she added, four of her son’s first-grade classmates are leaving the Financial District institution.

Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.

“When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.”

Other moms have taken to a popular message board to vent.

“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com.
But can he juggle? Or play some weird instrument made out of PVC pipes? Those are the skills Blue Men value. Anybody can read (except the kids in their school).

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

Even in Vegas I'd expect some government agency would stop in for a visit.

But really! The kids are not learning to read, and the parents are just now finding out?????????????