I went to a private Christian school until high school. I graduated from a public high school, but had covered most of the stuff I was taught in high
school while in the private school. I honestly turned pretty wild in high school and was able to make B's with almost no effort.
I'm currently sending my oldest child to a private Christian school. We are not by any means wealthy ($60K/year income) and do qualify for some
financial aid from the school. I live in Alabama but the school I send my oldest to is in Georgia (where both my wife and I are from and she still
works). The difference in property taxes helps offset the cost of sending my child there. I hope we are able to find some money to afford sending both
children there in two years. I hate writing the checks but am extremely pleased with the results. We give up a lot to afford it and are pretty open
about it with our 7 year old. We didn't take a vacation this year and next year ain't looking to hot either. There are lots of people who go there who
are better off financially than and others who are less fortunate than us but I'd say that were pretty average of other parents there. There is
however one very serious irony, guess what the most common profession of parents are at the school? Yup, someone who works in public eduction be it
primary through highschool or college instructor.
My child is in second grade, in addition to what you'd get in a public school, she's learning phonics and root-prefix-suffix of words in English, and
has already earned over 70 AR points since the beginning of the school year. We've got to help her with her first research report due soon, which is a
3 paragraph essay about King George III.She's being taught real math not Common Core and is already doing multiple digit addition/subtraction using
the standard algorithm and just started memorizing multiplication division tables. In addition to the better than public school instruction they have
religious instruction that coincides with our families' faith and values and is also academically rigorous. They must memorize a Bible verse every
week and are tested on it (along with academic work) every Friday. The first assignment in that this year was Psalm 18:2
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
and there were some last year that were longer and harder to memorize than that. Also, unlike in the public schools anymore, there are both art and
music classes that she attends every week.
My resistance to writing the checks faded quite a bit last year when we went to see the Winter Program at the public school that some friends of the
family send their children to. The Winter program there was totally incoherent, it was something about photosynthesis and the life cycle of a plant
that was just plain weird. Our child's Christmas Program had some older classes participating in a the telling of the Nativity Story and our then
first graders singing selections from Handel's Messiah.
In addition to academics the school competes athletically with other private schools (both religious and secular) throughout the state.
I don't know how education works in other countries and readily concede that there are many public school districts in the US that do as good a job of
educating children as private schools. I don't live in one, and am willing to sacrifice financially for as long as I am able to ensure that my
children get a quality academic education that reinforces the faith and values we have in our home.
So, if as the OP proposes, private education were to be made illegal in the US I'd fight it wholeheartedly, maybe even violently. I have access to the
public education system, but choose to do without a lot of things I'd like to have ( more dinners out with my wife, trips to the beach, a nicer
house/car, more savings, more charitable giving etc..) in order to offer my child a better academic foundation in a place that reinforces my families'
faith and values.
On the other hand, in the US, I can't remember the last US President who wasn't an Ivy League graduate ( I think it was Reagan), and currently there
isn't a single US Supreme Court Justice who isn't Ivy League educated. I think there is an elitism problem in the US but it lies beyond primary/high
school. Parents like us are just trying to give our kids a better learning foundation than is available in the public school system.
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