Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers pitcher’s daughter goes to a local school – the question is public versus private school

So my B’s best friend- her brother is in the same class with Kuroda’s child. That is the funny thing about living in Los Angeles it happens. In this same school which happens to be a local school – not one of those hoity toity private schools with the horrible wait lists and all the “fabulous people” who think they are so fabulous, many local famous people actually send their children to this local school.

I love to see that people who can afford to send their children to all the private schools choose not to send their children because their local neighborhood school is a good education and they choose to be a part of the system.

I personally believe that if your local school is good, your child should go there. That is why we pay our local taxes and if we don’t go then we are not supporting the system. As a product of a local neighborhood school through grammer and high school, I believe that if your child has the will to study hard and has the desire to learn, with loving and caring parents at home, a good local school should be all that your child needs.

Are there benefits to going to a private school? Well yes, I am not saying that private schools are a waste of money. No, on the contrary if you can afford $20K a year just for tuition and another $5K for the rest and more…I say go for it. Private Schools do give some advantages that local schools cannot. Private schools have strong supportive alumni, teachers that are incentivized to make sure their graduates succeed, parents who have a lot of time and income to foster the education of their children, and new books and technology such as smart boards to equip these children to succeed.

On the other hand, if you don’t have the extra $20K to $25K on average to spend on each of your children to go to public school or you would rather do things like eat out once a month, go on vacations, buy groceries, put gas in your car, a good local school with some help from parents after school at home should be enough for a child who grows up in a nurturing environment.

I know this is a generalization and not every child grows up in family where a child comes home to a mom who does not work who has milk and cookies waiting and is ready to hear about everything that happened at school. But I believe that those who are lucky enough to live somewhere where they can go to a local school should try that first before turning to a private education.

Local schools are only as good as the people who support them. Local schools with high attendance by local neighborhood children usually turn out alumni that test very well on the whole. I think when local support wanes then and only then do the local schools start seeing test scores drop. Local schools need local neighborhood support.

What am I going to do with B? I am for sure sending her to our local school. I believe in the system and believe that parents who work together in the system can only make it better together by supporting the teachers and the administrators by working as a strong united group.

What do you think of our educational system? Do you believe our system is working? I only know about the areas I have lived and I have been pretty happy about them but to hear some people talk about their local schools, I don’t think others have been so lucky. I would love to hear what you think. People in large cities like New York City and Los Angeles start worrying about schools from the day their children are born. Is this the case in other cities?

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  1. Puppies and Worms

    This post is from our reader GENE:

    I agree with you – I need a tighter argument for public school….I do believe in the eduction of the public school. But I do agree that my argument shows that the private school system seems to be “better”. Unfortunately, to send your child to a public school is about parent participation and unless you have that, a private school is in fact a better choice. Public School education is only good if local parents participate in the education of their children. Public School alone with no help at home, is not as good as a private school. However, for those of us who cannot afford private school, public schools locally are still great but we do need to think about how to participate to make sure our children get the most out of a public education. Thanks for your comments Gene. I have printed them below for our readers. More comments are welcome.
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    Comments by GENE:

    Ah, the “public vs private” question – one of the toughest for parents. I agree with the idea that the public education system will always be better with more parental involvement and support. And we also all know that private schools are not necessarily good just by virtue of being private.

    Ultimately, picking the right school is not about deciding between a public or private education, but rather doing your due diligence and figuring out which school is really going to give your kid the best education. What are the kids like at the school? Are they motivated, hard-working, intelligent, down to earth? Are the teachers involved, caring, supportive, and hard-working? Does the administration hold itself and the teachers accountable? What kind of extracurricular opportunities does the school provide? Does the school set the highest expectations and standards for its students?

    What’s interesting to me about this posting is that the word choice indicates that the writer thinks private schools are better than public. Statements such as, “a good local school should be all that your child needs” suggest that public schools will only be adequate at best. In contrast, private schools are made to sound pretty darn good with their “strong supportive alumni, teachers that are incentivized to make sure their graduates succeed, parents who have a lot of time and income to foster the education of their children, and new books and technology such as smart boards to equip these children to succeed.” Supporting the public school system and putting my tax dollars to use aren’t convincing arguments for sending my kid to a public school. After reading the posting, I found myself wondering, “so wait, why would I want to send my kid to a public school?”

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