7 Reasons to Rethink Sending Your Child to Public School

My husband and I have some serious doubts about public education. Between the two of us and our families and friends we can rattle off a series of bad experiences that boil down to one simple fact: Whether you are gifted or learning disabled, if you are an out-of-the-box student you will not fare well in public school. It isn’t totally the fault of the institution. How do you expect one teacher to address the learning styles and speeds of 30 kids at the same time? Still, there are a number of reasons why we’ve joined the growing ranks of parents seeking alternative options for their child’s education.

1. Classrooms are geared towards average learners.

Whether you excel in one topic or struggle in another, you’re left to tread water while the average kids float. This often leads to serious boredom, distraction and a serious risk of discipline issues. It also leads to a huge waste of your student’s time.

2. Teachers teach to the test, the performance review, or both.

Kindergarteners are expected to surrender their free play time for the sake of monthly performance reviews known as tests. The outcomes of these tests determine whether or not their teacher gets a raise, gets tenured, or gets to keep her job. Who wouldn’t want their child’s love of learning to be sacrificed for a stranger’s livelihood?

3. Students are only expected to be as good as or better than their fellow students.

All that crap educators feed students about being a unique and original flower is the bull designed to cover over the fact that you are only as good as the kid sitting next to you in class. Senior year of high school I sat next to a kid who scored 10 points off perfect on his SATs. He had to wear Velcro sneakers because he couldn’t tie shoelaces. I do not want that to be my child’s gold standard.