@harvs I'm all for the thread tangent, love, so no apology needed. It's what makes these discussions interesting. Most topics in life are multi faceted and thread tangents only reflect that. It's not off topic, it's merely another aspect of the topic 👍
On the school thing, our zoned public high school has an awful problem with drugs and gangs. I don't care how fabulous the teachers are, I don't want my kids going there. We will apply for two other public schools in the area and also one Christian school and one Lutheran. The teachers can only do so much and I'd rather minimize my kids'exposure to drugs and gangs as much as I can.
Oh, for sure. There are all sorts of valid reasons. And *hypocrite alert* I have enrolled DS in the local Lutheran school, but for me it's because I may end up teaching at the public school and it's not fair on him to go to a school where his mum teaches.
I do feel majorly conflicted about it all though.
I am one who was majorly conflicted about sending my kids to a private school but now I do have no conflict at all. My girls public school was dreadful. So I removed them. We can't pick our public primary schools here we get our zoned one and that's it.
The private schools my kids attend aren't perfect but the kids love them and I love what it's done to them.
I couldn't care less where other people send their kids but am very comfortable with my decisions.
Last edited by Sonja; 06-02-2016 at 10:21.
On the school thing, I have never had an issue with sending our kids to a public school. In fact it was my preference. It was actually dh who insisted we send them private. The reason being we had a horror experience with his siblings at the local public school and as a result change them to the local Catholic school. The way they were treated, the changes in their behaviour etc was amazing. They went above and beyond to assist the kids and us, rather than punishing the kids like the old school did. Of course there will be bad schools wherever you go regardless if they are public or private, but after that experience dh was certain he didn't want our kids in the public system.
Can I also add (somewhat controversially) that fantastic teachers are essential but so is a fantastic admin and principal. My daughter had one of the most wonderful teachers you could ask for but a schools refusal and inability to manage bullying ultimately can kill everything a teacher was trying to achieve.
Add to that the lack of teachers aids in the preprimary classes and the large classes (due to budget cuts) well the teacher was pretty up agains it.
So for us it comes down to more than just the teacher.
Last edited by Sonja; 06-02-2016 at 16:50.
I actually think @sunnyflower the decline of chaplains in public schools to be a real shame. Our school experienced a tragedy 2 years ago and we wound up using a chaplain from another school. I was against them until I properly understood how useful they can be.
I also know people who are not religious at all and found the chaplain to be extremely helpful with their child when an extended member of the family passed. They were totally against the chaplain being removed from our public primary school.
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