Elizabeth Weise

What can parents and communities do to create socioeconomically integrated schools?

Here’s why one family sent from private to public–and how it’s going

WEDNESDAY, MAR 4, 2015 04:00 PM PST
The case against private education: Why we put our kids in public school
It’s chaotic, academically less rigorous and far less nurturing. It’s also giving my children challenges they need

The case against private education: Why we put our kids in public school

Just over two years ago, my husband and I pulled our children out of private school and sent them into the wilds of public education. Now, as they settle into their third year in our neighborhood schools, we can confidently report the following: 1) Our public schools are more chaotic, more bureaucratically rigid, and far less nurturing and creative than the lovely little private school my children once attended; 2) our children are less academically challenged than they were in private school; 3) despite points 1 and 2, above, we’ll keep them where they are.

We left the private school system because we were stressed, in all kinds of ways. As soon as we stopped paying two private school tuitions, I was able to quit my second job and we stopped constantly worrying about money. We stopped driving half an hour twice a day, cursing rush hour, to get kids to school. Our neighborhood schools are minutes away. We were also able to step away from the activities arms race that seems part of the fabric of private school culture and that contains its own vocabulary of essentials for success: Suzuki, Kumon, Parkour, au pair.

Public school means that we, as a family, can relax.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

March 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

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