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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by FriendofSpurgeon, Apr 12, 2007.
Where do your children (or grandchildren) attend school and why?
We have already paid for the public schooling of our
grandchildren. Our state took the money away from
we home school because i am too lazy to get up, feed 6 kids, get them all dressed, lunches packed and out the door only to have to turn around and go pick them up a few hours latter.
we also have many health problems...none of them a life threat... but, the kids would have to miss a day (or 24 days) of school to go to dr visits or because of the illness....it just got to a point that it wasn't worth it. the "system" wasn't "family friendly" for our family.
it does bother me that we pay taxes to the public school, they don't have to spend money on my kids and they still belly ache for more money.
You didn't have an option for me - because it was one and only one option. I had two kids that were educated in two different situations -- Oldest went public school because we felt that best fit his needs. Youngest was in Christian school because we felt that best fit his needs. Both went to state universities. The oldest who went to public school is the one who ended up in seminary (our very own soon to be MDiv! Yeah!)
I put in homeschool because, while I have 2 in public school and 1 in homeschool, we've had more years in homeschool than public. My oldest was in public school for K and 1, then homeschooled from 2-8th, public school for 9-11. My second child was in public school for K then homeschooled for 1-8th, public school for 9th. My 3rd child has been homeschooled for K and 1st and my little one is between the church preschool and homeschool. So that's 7 years for public school and 17 years for homeschool (not including the little one yet).
Sorry about that. I'm in somewhat of a similar situation (and I set up the poll). My kids started out in a Christian Pre-K, went to public schools from kindergarten through middle school, and are now in a Christian high school.
Our girls attend the private Christian school where I teach.
Our girls have been homsechooled, in Christian schools and in public schools. I couldn't select all three options.
My 41 year old was in public, Christian and home schooled.
My 36 year old was Christian and Home schooled.
My 11 year old has and still is been homeschooled.
Regular schools open to all. I happen to think being exposed to the world offers the best opportunity for adjustment to what they will face all their lives. I will teach our beliefs at home, thank you very much.
I grew up in church public schools all my life and had to face the world as an adult,,What a shock that was!
By the way, public school in England is private school,,mine was a boys boarding school. The first time a girl sat next to me in open schools, I got up and moved! I thought girls were intended to be sisters and mothers.........
Our daughter has been i public schoos from the beginning, but this year in a new school system for us we moved her and my 5 year old son into a private Christian school.
We did it out of more necessity than want to, but in the end it has been a blessing for us.
I think the best thing for my kids has been to stay at home through their elementary and middle school years. My daughters have spent time with so many people through their homeschooling years - way more variety than if they had just been in public school all day. When I went to their open houses their first year of high school, I spoke to each of their teachers and told them that they were homeschooled - so many of them said "THAT'S why they're so great!" My kids are the ones who can talk to the teachers respectfully and properly. MYykids are the ones who can befriend any person there. My kids are the ones the teachers are saying "You did a fantastic job!" and I tell them it's just by God's grace. LOL!!
I think homeschooling is one of the better ways to prepare a child for the real world, IMO.
Former public school kid with a public school kid. My wife did the "Christian school" thing, which she said was a joke and didn't want that for our son. We are much more interested in him actually getting and education.
My sister home schools which is guess is going fine, but they have some special needs with one of the children and I don't think she would do it if otherwise.
My other sister teaches at a huge Christian school and loves it, but it is an actual school with books and everything. Not one of those "schools" with learn at your own pace booklets. I guess they have a place, I just haven't seen it used very well.
What was the "joke"? Could it have been an isolated incident...or did it have something to do with the one attending?
I have no idea what this is supposed to mean. Most "educations" at public schools are anything but, and lean on educating about the worlds standards. The curriculum at private schools is historically harder, and the education on par, if not greater than public.
Webdog - Some Christian schools are good - but others are substandard, IMO. Others are just too small to be able to pay decent salaries and thus get substandard teachers - and don't offer much like public schools can. My daughter loves art and our public school has one of the best art programs in the country. The Christian school just can't offer that.
I teach at a Christian school and our curricular standards are as high if not higher than those of the surrounding public schools. (I believe they are higher, but I'm sure some would argue that.) In addition, the teachers here have to meet not only state certification but also ASCI certification. We are also quite large, so we are able to offer a wide range of courses such as the arts and AP. Our school is SACS and ACSI accredited.
BUT I have seen Christian schools where the standards were low. As a matter of fact, when we first moved to the area, I applied at a school at which the salary was 1/2 of what public school teachers were making and they offered me a variety of jobs - 3rd grade, English, I don't remember the rest (I am secondary math which they didn't have available).
The whole idea of a church having a school to indoctinate their children rather then educate them, which is the type of school my wife was sent to attend. Had nothing to do with her, she is a honors graduate several times over from college.
They should educate according to the "world's" (like there is some way to teach Godly math or English or history) standards, they are secular schools. Private schools have the ability to say no, which is not available at public schools. I promise you they would have many of the same problems you note about public schools if they were forced to take every kid that happened to live in their area.
I have done it all. Private non-Christian, private Christian, home-school, public school, private Christian college, large university.
At the moment, one goes to a state-accredited Christian high school. One goes to a large public university. (And is involved in a local Baptist church.) I also am an employee of the public school system as a regular substitute.
It is important, I think, to examine the real challenges and opportunities for your children now, rather than seeming to make the judgment based on what happened to you years ago in a different situation and place.
Anyway, go2church, I quoted the above from you because it reflects two misconceptions. For one, quite often what happens with kids who have and cause real problems in the public school is that they then go to the private school. And quite often they straighten up. Private school is NOT all people who have been sheltered from the world.
The second misconception is that no, public school does not have to take anybody. I subbed in middle school detention last week. I try to avoid that kind of assignment. But I assure you that many school districts including mine routinely suspend and expel students who do not meet certain standards of behavior.
Never said that private school is a sheltered environment that is your own assessment. It is however a sheltered environment. Doesn't mean that is all bad, but it is sheltered nonetheless.
You are wrong. Public schools do have to take students. If there is a problem they can be expelled from your school but they get the opportunity to go somewhere else they aren't "out of the system". Even in juvenile detention they have classes.