Private School Is For Snobs!

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Side 1 says... Okay, I'm overstating the case. But my wife and I do have a donnybrook in the making: private versus public school. We live in a town with good schools, so the idea of sending our kids to private school feels ridiculous to me. But my wife had a lousy public school experience and feels we MUST send our daughter and son-to-be to the best possible school. I understand her concerns, but don't understand why we should pay through the nose simply to keep our children isolated from the world as it really exists -- with kids from all sorts of backgrounds. I'm not suggesting that I'd send her to a school that was dangerous, but I'm a product of public education and feel the solution is to work to improve our schools, not to opt out because we have enough dough. Help!
Added by Knute (male)
Side 2 says... My side is this: if education is one of the most important things you can give your children, why not give them the very best that you can afford? True, we have good schools in our town, but they've been plagued by budget troubles in recent years, so even though they're technically free, almost everything above and beyond the basics require fees anyway. So... if we're going to be paying, why not pay for a better education. I'm not trying to avoid exposing our children to the "real" world, and diversity is important to me. Most good private schools -- at least the ones that I'm interested in -- take pains to make their school populations diverse and to offer financial aid so that all income levels are represented. But this isn't just about money -- it seems to me that public school education is increasingly focused on standardized testing, which means that teachers are forced to teach towards the tests and students are forced to learn by rote, versus learning how to comprehend and analyze more complex ideas that might or might not fit into a standardized test format. Also -- one last reason why I'm increasingly drawn towards a private school education for our kids: in our town both our children will miss the Aug 31st kindergarten cutoff by only a few short weeks. This cutoff is non-negotiable, so even if we could prove them ready via testing they would be forced to wait a whole extra year to start school. This to me is unacceptable.
Added by EasyE (female)
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