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  •  my own hysteria (9+ / 0-)

    my biggest fear is hurting some good people with my big mouth

    •  you're fine (5+ / 0-)

      And I think you're making the right choice and this is a perfectly good diary.

      Myself, I don't have a huge property anywhere, but I get by and there never has been any suggestion that my kids will be going anywhere other than public school.

      Just as I remembered, there are good teachers and there are bad teachers, but you always tend to get the heads up and better "luck of the draw" when you're active and participate.

      School fund-raisers? A necessary evil, but we're there.

      Special classes where parents are invited to come share their skills with the kids? Done?

      Parent-teacher nights? PTA meetings? School Fair? Yes, yes, and yes.

      I attended both public and private schools and I realized that the teachers at both were just as competent and just as dedicated. The private school ones tended to have nicer cars.

      •  Some parents dont have the luxury of time (3+ / 0-)
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        There are parents who have multiple jobs just eking out a living. Such parents should be able to trust their school to be good enough where they do not have to spend that much time engaging in local politics to make sure the right school board members are being elected and keeping an eye on which administrators are hired. Ideally, a parent should be invovled enough to get to know the teachers and making sure their kids are being responsible and attending clases, but should not have to expend energy on actually getting involved any more than that. Sure, everyone has to be involved in their kids education, but the current model kind of demands way too much involvement if one needs to reform a failing local public school.

      •  Nicer cars? Not really. (0+ / 0-)

        In general private schools pay significantly less than public schools.  

        Private schools can and do get away with lower salaries in part because they don't have to negotiate with a union, they usually offer somewhat slimmer benefits plans, and they have total flexibility as to levels of teacher qualification and credentialing (that is, you don't need a teaching certificate to be hired as a teacher at a private school.)   But mainly, private school pay less because many teachers will accept less, in exchange for an environment with less grueling conditions.  Half as many kids each hour, matters.  A nice building and nice classroom supplies, matter.   Parents who are providing enough shelter, food, supervision, and academic expectations, matter.

        I've taught in both.  Both were hard in their different ways.  Dedicated teachers ARE found in every setting, but I wasn't well suited.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:18:11 AM PDT

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    •  Didn't hurt me (9+ / 0-)

      I live in that gawdawful overtaxed state of NY, and the public schools are great.  Why?  Because they are funded, because we get good teachers who care, because we have great sports programs, because we have great art programs, because we have great music programs, because, because, because.  My daughter gets to take any AP class she wants if she qualifies (which she did), paints after school or during free periods even though she's not taking art this year because the art teachers encourage her to do so, belongs to clubs like Chess Club, Math League, Gay Straight Alliance, Japanese Club, Chemistry Club, etc. Is it a perfect school? No, but I can tell you it is better than the high school I attended in the 70's, and better than the private schools my brother's kids attended when they lived in Georgia and Arkansas.

      What are your state's priorities?  Good public education for all or creating a two tiered system of private schools for the rich and an underfunded public school ghetto for everyone else (to be run by, naturally by the same bottom feeding for profit corporations that are taking over our prisons and other essential government services)?

      I feel blessed my kids both went to public schools in a state that cares more for public education than the vast majority of states in this country.  They received a superior education, better than many of the highly touted private schools around here.

      "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

      by Steven D on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 03:54:28 PM PDT

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