A parent’s decision to home school, use private school or public school depends on many factors. Parents must think about what works best for the child, the family, and themselves. All families are different; no two children are the same. What works for your neighbor or sister, may not work for you.
Here are a few of my family’s reasons for sending our son to public school:
I don’t have a lot of patience. I would love to be able to home school my children. There are fantastic methods and resources available to teach children from home. Plus it can be scary out there (more as they get older, but still). However, I know it is just not something that would work for me.
Private school is expensive! My husband and I had MANY discussions on the public versus private education topic. He grew up attending public schools, while I attended both. I wanted the education part of private schools but more importantly; I wanted the values, discipline, and religious education offered at a private institution. We found the perfect private school then realized that although we could swing one child’s tuition there was no way we could afford two.
We live in an area with good schools. We are fortunate that the schools in our area are good; however, we wanted the best. We narrowed down local elementary schools and started searching for houses. After several months, we finally found the not so perfect house. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our decision.
A few things I love about our school:
The teachers and staff are terrific. All the staff seems to enjoy their work and the school itself. You just get a good feeling walking into the building-you know when you walk in somewhere and it just feels right?
“Monkeyboy” is always learning. He is taught a multitude of information and is given an opportunity to learn at his pace. He is excited when he comes home from school and enjoys telling me about his day. I see progress on a daily basis.
Values we teach at home are reinforced in the classroom. Manners, how we treat others, etc are all part of his education. Additionally, there is not discipline, there is a reward system. This works wonders for “Monkeyboy” who would love to just be the class clown. Reward and praise him for good behavior and he’ll strive for greatness.
He meets new friends (and so do I). We have had countless play dates, and I’ve become friends with the moms. I actually met my best friend because “Monkeyboy” and another child got along so well in preschool.
The parents and community are extremely involved. The PTA and Booster Club (I belong to both) are always having fundraisers and activities for the kids. Through the fundraisers and community support, we have materials that other local schools do not. Further, the teachers are able to use more hands-on learning and reward systems because they can count on the parents to donate materials and organize class events.
These are just some of the reasons public school works for our family. The only thing I feel he is lacking is a religious class, but I’m not worried. Children are always learning from you, their parents, and that is something they will always have.
Please don’t think I’m saying public school is better than other types of schooling. This is just what works for our family.
How do you educate your children?