Public Schools: Love Them? Hate Them?

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The year prior to my son starting kindergarten was spent calling and visiting schools, websites and parents--and agonizing over whether or not to go to a public school. Will it measure up to a charter or private school? Will they offer cool things like music and dance? Will we feel like a family instead of a number?

An independent/private school--if we could figure out where the money would come from--wasn't going to take a 4 1/2 year old anyway. So when we didn't get in by lottery to the charter school we loved, the decision was made for us--public school it was. Well, it turned out to be a great choice. But where I live, it's clear that all public schools are not created equal. The best are stellar and the worst are totally s--t. it's all about what "district" you're in. That's why TinasTribe's question got my attention." How do you feel about the public education system in America? For me, it's really not a simple answer. 

How about for you?

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arbut... arbutusdawn

I can't speak for all schools but I love my son's school.  The teachers and staff are excellent.  The school building is well-maintained.  We moved into this area because all three schools (elem, middle, high school) are excellent.

Steph... StephanieLtd

Public schools do vary in quality, but most of the time, it is what you make of it.  My daughter's school is a great school.  She has a knowledgeable, caring teacher.  The principal greets her by name every morning.  I'm often surprised what she is learning in kindergarten.  She asked me if a certain animal was nocturnal or diurnal one day at the store.  I'm not sure I had ever used the word diurnal in a sentence prior to that, and I have a master's degree.  There are lots of fun enrichment activities and the basics are well-covered.  She is reading about a year ahead.  So far I am very pleased.  We try to work with her a lot at home, and I think that is also very important and very necessary. 

summe... summerray5

I like public elementary schools. Middle schools and such NO!

Novem... NovemberLove

I've never been to a public school.  We were taught to be afraid of them when I was growing up (would you expect your private school that wants you to keep attending and paying tuition to paint any different picture for you? lol).  Needless to say, I still am a little afraid of them.  I worry about kids bringing weapons to school as well as the student to teacher ratio.  I worry about what content is "mandated" to be taught or if it is something I'd rather teach at home.  My son is 2 months old and I'm already looking at what school I might send him to.  I'm not impressed with the public schools in my area.  It's a shame really. 

Jesus... Jesusiswelcome

No use for them. Our kids were homeschooled for 18 years and it was the best thing for our family. They graduated at 17. One has her own business and it allows her to have our Granddaughter at home with her; our son is in college. I was able to have my kids with us more. They had sports and outings with their friends and also had jobs to take up some time.

40yrmom 40yrmom

WE HAVE HAD KIDS IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, WE STARTED OUT IN PRIVATE AND WHEN TUITION GOT TO HIGH AND WITH SO MANY IN SCHOOL WE HAD TO CHANGE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS..... ALL AND ALL OUR KIDS HAVE GOTTEN A GOOD EDUCATION....THE ONLY THING ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLD I DON'T LIKE IS "ALL SCHOOLS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL".  OUR KIDS HAVE ATTENDED SCHOOLS IN IOWA, NEBRASKA, AND WYOMING....SINCE SCHOOL OF CHOICE HAS BEEN INICIATED, I SEE A BIG INFLUX OF PARENTS SENDING THERE KIDS TO SCHOOL IN WEALTHIER AREAS, THESE SCHOOLS SEEM TO HAVE THE BETTER TEACHERS, NICER BUILDINGS AND PLAYGROUNDS AND BETTER PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATION, AND IN MOST CASES THESE SCHOOLS HAVE A WAITING LIST TO GET IN...WHY CAN'T ALL SCHOOLS GET THE SAME TREATMENT.??????

Kay_23 Kay_23

My daughter is in first grade and attends a public school and the stuff she brings home I am like what is this? but I guess it depends on the parents at home also what your teachers teach at school it has to be reinforced at home also but I prefer public schools because of the social environment. for example when my daughter attended headstart the superintendent of the schools in the county we live in came to each lunch with the class.  Her school principal interacts alot also

Holyc... Holycropmom

I really have had alot of bad experiences with the public schools here in my town.  If I could afford it I would home school all three of my kids for they really don't teach the kids appropriately as the guidelines of the state school boards lays out! But funds are not available for me to use at the moment so I have to bite my tongue lots of times to keep from exploding on some of these teachers that are alowed to teach our children/teens! I didn't realize how much our school system needs an overhaul til I started to work at one of the elementary schools, its so unorganized, kids are getting by with stuff that shouldn't and the teachers are most of the problem!  I thing the biggest problem are that the teachers don't care or enjoy what their doing they just feel like they've got to be there because its thier job!!  I see teachers with no feeling in their expressions, no feelings in thier actions  I even see them rolling thier eyes at kids on a daily basis which teach our children to do to  us!! Its an Outrage for us as parents to put up with nonsense like that! Anyway I'm sorry I got carried away but I needed to get it out of my system. I sure hope all of the other moms don't have to go through what I do here. Hugs, Kelly

Steel... SteeleMommasita

It's not simple at all.  I love all the schools in our district but the middle school.  Because of problems with the two oldest kids there I won't let our youngest child attend and plan to do the lottery for the charter school. 


If a school shows that they care and will do the best they can for a child then we love it.  But if the child is just another number then we don't tolerate it.  Children don't learn by being a number.

Laura... Laura1229

From my perspective, public schools put WAY too much emphasis on 'teaching to the test'.  It's been that way for years ---- everything is geared toward making higher scores on the state-mandated tests.  That's bad enough, but now we've got the "No child left behind" nightmare to deal with.  More & more, too, I've found schools taking more rights away from the parents and over-stepping their bounds in some areas while not stepping up to the plate in others.  To me, when a school refuses to allow a boy to attend class because his hair is too long while at the same time allows another to bully half the class because he "has a right to an education" --- there's something wrong with that picture.


For us, we chose to homeschool.


 

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