Friday, April 29, 2011
Public or Private?
While the world is consummed with royal wedding fever today, I am pondering an different question. Public or Private school? All three of my kids currently go to a perfectly good public school and the middle and high school are equally good. The high school is actually excellent. The teachers are fantastic and principle at our school is truely devoted. My oldest is in the 4th grade, my youngest in the 1st. So what's the issue you might ask? I just notice, more and more of my son's friends are disapearing from public school. Parents I respect and admire. I have to wonder sometimes, what am I missing? And yet, I also believe your child's education is only as good as you are involved and both my husband and I are very involved. My 4th grader has a learning disability related to dyslexia and I don't think he could cope in a class of 38 (the general size of the 4th grade class at the Cathholic school near me) without the help he gets in the public school. Also my sister, cousin, aunt and 2 sister in laws are public school teachers and I believe in the importance of neighborhood school community. I want my kids to know that there are all kinds of people and that not everyone is privleged. My sane, rational voice says to me, "the kids are doing fine. The school is fine." But my inner paranoid parent voice says "these other parents must know something you don't. Their kids are going to be somehow better and ahead of yours". Am I truely losing it? I also must confess that rigth now, private school tutition is not a feasible alternative. If I felt it was the only option, I could maybe work something out, but would rather continue to save to put these same three kids through college. Anyone have any thoughts?
Posted by The Second Half at 10:15 AM