So the debate over here is public or private school for Mr. Personality. As extra money is a little hard to come by over here, it is quite a fractious issue.
I confess that I might be a bit of a school snob, having been sent to private school for my entire 1-12 career. I did attend a public kindergarten, which I don't really remember. My only concrete memory is that I jumped rope by myself to 100, and the teacher didn't really seem to care when I told her. I think my feelings were hurt.
Perhaps that event has colored my view of public schools. I tend to have this vision of the school board snapping their collective fingers and changing the curriculum on the slightest of whims. Of bullies roaming free in the hallways, shaking people down for vending machine money. Of cafeteria ladies with hair nets and stained aprons glopping mystery food onto student's plates. As well as huge classes where the students are faceless entities.
I should know better since my sister is a public school teacher, and a fine one at that. She tells me that public schools are better than private. But then bitches about all the testing and how she is powerless to fail students that deserve to flunk, so it is a bit of a mixed message to say the least.
Of course, Hubba-hubba is on the side of a public school. He tells me that is part of why we like this area, since the public schools are excellent. He feels that a smart kid will succeed no matter what, that it mostly depends on parent involvement. And, he was quick to point out the other night that a finance book he read said that you were better off investing the money you would have spent on private schools, using the proceeds for a college fund.
To me, private schools mean more control over what is being taught. More participation in a smaller, more creative learning environment. When I attended my all girl's high school, everybody knew everybody, and I kind of like that idea. And forget about that crap known as the No Child Left Behind Act. I almost don't want to send Mr. Personality to public school just to defy this Administration and its supposed goals for taxpayer supported education.
I am torn. I would like to think that Mr. Personality, being the bright child that he is, would bloom where ever he was planted. But then the other side of me thinks, don't I care as much about my child as my parents did for me? What better way to say you value education than to pay money out of your pocket for it?
Thank goodness I have over a year to decide.
Otherwise, I just might find myself cracking the books out right here on the kitchen table and becoming Professor Gina.