Moms Talk Q&A: Choosing the Right School
What dictates where or how you school your child? Home? Parochial? Private? Public? What factors sway you and why?
"How do you find the right school for your child?" That's today's Moms Talk question.
Choosing the right school—or schooling, whether it be parochial, private, public or homeschooling—is a huge decision for most parents. They want their child on the right learning track, with an education that opens doors for a good college and a rewarding career—and a rewarding life.
Over the last week or so, I couldn't help but be drawn to a story that popped up on various media outlets regarding a Manhattan mom who sued a preschool, allegedly because it did not adequately prepare the child for elite schools.
That kind of extreme—whether it be truth or urban legend—sparks debate, laughter and a bit of horror. The panel on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me got a lot of chuckles over it on the March 19 broadcast. And does anyone remember the old Tracey Ullman Show, where the yuppie parents are devastated to discover their child is average?
OK, that's veering a bit off topic, but it makes its satirical points.
We discuss, and sometimes snicker over, matters that resonate with us. Selecting the right school has long been a topic of debate, and it's no simple decision to make.
And now with the era of schools of choice, open enrollment and more, choosing wisely becomes ever more vital. It used to be you mostly enrolled your child in the nearest school in the district. Now, geography is far from the only factor, and it's hardly the most important one.
Today, our Moms Council discusses the importance of choosing the right school. What factors influence your decisions? What are your concerns? Your requirements? What do you look for in a school? What's a deal breaker?
Moms, take it away and add your comments, thoughts and opinions below.