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Writer's Block: Be true to your school

How do you feel about public versus private schooling?
I went through public schooling, and it's only in adulthood that I've realized just how badly it's failed me. There are key moments throughout history that I just flat-out didn't know about. This is not for lack of effort on the part of my teachers; for the most part, I was blessed to have the same amazing teachers through my entire High School life. I was blessed with Mary DeBischop, Tom Haley, Ray DeAngeles (who got me my first coaching job), and others. They did the best with what they were given. But public school only teaches you what the masters - read, the government - want you to know. I was raised being specifically taught that America was the greatest country on Earth, beyond reproach, and that even our bad instances could be spun in a way to make us look good. The reality of life has shown me just how wrong those all are.

I pray to God that I'm able to send my children through private school. Even if that's not the case, I will teach my child to question everything, and to resist being nailed down for being the tall nail.


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Sep. 5th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)

As I've said before, I loved doing my teaching observation, for the most part. The kids were great. Strangely enough, the administrators were wonderful, down-to-Earth people, too. It was the teachers who made things problematic. :-| Belittling me, trash-talking me to the kids, being catty and juvenile the whole way! When the kids are more mature than the teachers, something is wrong.
Sep. 5th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, everything you said, but opposite. XD Private school is a waste of money, at least in Fairfax country. All of the people I went to elementary school with who diverged from the pack and finished K-12 in private school are sheltered, shallow, clueless people who go to sub-par universities. Everyone thought that would go on to be brilliant and end up at Harvard, when instead a lot of them, if not all, are attending universities several tiers below mine/those of my public school peers. I honestly think it comes down to the school in question--where it's located, what the budget is, what sort of students are expected to attend and how active their parents are, etc. For you, based on your location, perhaps public school wasn't the best option, however I'm extremely grateful that I was able to attend public school, as I my parents seriously considered sending me to a private institution at one point in time. If I had done that, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. :/
Sep. 6th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Location is key here.
Areas that aren't so affluent tend not to have good schools, good areas have good schools. I know it sounds really obvious, but the thing is, in a lot of good areas, the rich parents don't have to send their kids to private schools because the public schooling is good.
At least that's how it is in Orange County.

As for the whole history, America ftw thing, it's the same cirriculum in private schools.
At least that myth is destroyed, for the most part, in college.
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