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?