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Packed Off to School

public-grads

A few reasons for sending your child to public school, preferably in your neighborhood:

  1. You realize that public education is the foundation of a democratic society.
  2. You understand that sending your children to the neighborhood school is one of the most effective ways to support your community.
  3. You don’t want your children to believe that their needs are more important than those who don’t attend a “fancy” school.
  4. You believe that your children are mature enough to set an example for those around them rather than being dragged down by them.
  5. You believe your children will benefit from having relationships with people who aren’t like them.
  6. You realize that when socio-economic differences are removed as a factor, students often perform as well or better in public schools.

A few reasons for sending your child to private school, most likely not in your neighborhood:

  1. It’s what previous generations of your family have always done, so you have no choice.
  2. You believe that your child needs to be extracted from your community and shielded from its residents in order to succeed.
  3. You believe that your own demonstration of your belief system is inadequate to pass it on to your child, so you abdicate to the school your responsibility for raising them properly.
  4. Your child is not self-motivated and you think she will be forced to work harder if you spend thousands of dollars to send her to a “fancy” school.
  5. You want to be able to say, “My kid goes to ________.”
  6. You don’t think your child will be offered a job on merit, but you believe an alumnus of their school will hire them anyway.
  7. You don’t realize (or don’t care) that when socio-economic differences are removed as a factor, students often perform as well or better in public schools.

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