I've written quite a bit about being a former public school teacher. You might think that because I left teaching I have a problem with public schools. In fact, the opposite is true. I love public schools. I think they are the foundation for a democratic and equitable society. I support them, and you should too. More on that in a minute....more
Does your gifted child need a private school education to succeed? Are the costs of private high school education worth it? Do they provide more challenge, more stimulation and more creativity - all something gifted children need? Do they really open the door to admission at more prestigious colleges? What are the drawbacks?...more
In a system that rewards high test results with extra money and takes away funding from low-performing schools, what can you expect? We ought to be able to expect academic integrity, sure, but I’m not shocked that desperate teachers, pressured by desperate administrators, pressured by high-stakes testing help desperate students in a pinch. If your choice was to nudge a kid’s pencil slightly to the left or lose your job, what would you do?
I remember going to a dinner party a few years ago and talking to a couple who sent their two kids to private school. As good as the school sounded, I remember thinking, "Are you crazy spending upwards of $20,000 a year in tuition when the public system is perfectly fine?" (Note: I live in Ontario, Canada). I also thought about how I would rather invest that money in a post-secondary education fund for my kids....more
please don't judge me....
I just put the last box in my car and I will not be returning. I have quit my job in the public school system. Not ballsy quit, like I don’t have another job waiting, I do. Not quit like I don’t feel bad, and wish that I could put all my friends in my pocket and take them with me. That’s a given. Just quit like I can no longer work for “the man” when he doesn’t give a damn about our kids. Quit like I don’t want to continue to be a bitch to my own children when I return from work, frustrated and desperate for a solution that makes sense.
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