Does that make me a snob? I don’t care.
When it comes to education, do what’s best for your child – period.
In my Dallas neighborhood, the public schools suck. No way I’d send my 11-year-old son to the nearby elementary school – unless I didn’t care about his achievement.
I’m a little cranked up, I’ll admit, because I read an article recently by some do-gooder on the merits of public education.
Blah, blah, blah.
Robert Niles, founder of the website ThemeParkInsider.com, spouts the usual platitudes about public schools: that they’re important to society. That kids benefit from being around diverse classmates. That public education is unfairly criticized.
“Public schools are for everyone,” Niles blithely writes.
Check out the schools in my neighborhood, and in many others, before you make such a blanket statement.
If we send our kids to public schools out of civic duty, as Niles suggests, we’re shortchanging them and guaranteeing that poor schools won’t improve.
Frankly, some underachieving public schools don’t deserve our support – they deserve harsh criticism. That’s the only hope for progress.
“Your child can get an excellent education in public schools, just as millions of others are getting,” Niles writes.
True, your child can get an excellent education. That doesn’t mean he or she will. Responsible parents should check out the public schools in their neighborhood before they assume their kid will get a good education there.
The quality of public schools can vary widely, neighborhood by neighborhood, even in the same school district.
I resent public school cheerleaders trying to put a guilt trip on parents like me who did research and decided a private school was our best option.
“I’m sending my children to public schools because I don’t believe in the people who are attacking our public schools,” Niles writes. “Sending my children to public schools is the ultimate show of support, and helps keep me deeply involved in a precious public resource that needs, and deserves, our support.”
Hooray for you. I’m glad he’s comfortable with his decision. I’m comfortable with mine too.
I don’t send my kid to a private school to keep him away from low-income and minority students. Don’t assume that I do. I send Connor to a particular private school because it best suits his learning needs.
I’m not rich. But I’m willing to make the financial sacrifice to send him where he should be. I don’t enjoy the 45-minute drive, when I could have a five-minute drive to the nearby public school instead.
Being a good parent means making informed, sometimes difficult decisions. We shouldn’t be accused of turning our back on public education when we’re doing what’s best for our kids.
After all, that’s our job as parents.