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  • Yes, I have children and they are/will attend public

    8 25.81%
  • Yes, I have children and they are/will attend private

    5 16.13%
  • Yes, I have children and they are/will be home schooled

    3 9.68%
  • No, I don't have children but I plan on public education

    8 25.81%
  • No, I don't have children but I plan on private education

    4 12.90%
  • No, I don't have children but I plan on home school educatio

    3 9.68%
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    Public, Private or Home School

    How many people have children of grade school/middle school age and are they attending public school, private school or are being home schooled?

    What has been your experience in the quality of education your child(ren) are receiving in the choice you've made in their education and what do you believe could be changed in order to improve the quality of their education.

    As a side note - did you attend a public or private school, or were you home schooled and what was your personal experience? How does, say, public school eduation differ from when you attended? Is it better or worse than when you attended?
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    I home-schooled my oldest so for a while and I consider myself to still do it partially with all the kids - though they're officially in public school and I teach them according to that materials.
    Over the summer is when I do a full home-school routine with everyone - I started this purely for necessity. My oldest two have learning disabilities and when the school year starts it's very difficult for them to get back into the pace of things. If they're still given assignments and so on over the summer then they won't forget quite as much and hte school years starts much more smoothly.

    I've been doing it like this for a few years, now, and will likely keep doing it. . . and whenever my kid's come to something they don't know or don't understand (homework and otherwise) I'm always willing to help them through it.
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    My daughter has been attending international bilingual (French-English) private schools since kindergarten. The Swiss school system varies greatly by canton (state) and I don't like the system in the canton where we live so we went with the private option. She just started high-school and I'm very happy with the quality of her education so far. As an ex-pat brat I attended both private and public schools in a variety of countries and had good experiences in all of them. My father was an asshole, but he was very good at choosing our schools, gotta give him that much. All were based on the French secular education system which I think very highly of to this day.
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    I was homeschooled for most of my k-12 years. I went to public school for two and a half years and my learning suffered, as did my self-esteem. It was a particularly bad situation where there were too many bullies and not enough outcasts. A kid brought a knife to school in 4th grade. He called it the “John Killer” but on his list of names I was number 3. Since he was the kid of one of the staff members, he was sternly admonished by the principle for this “joke” and sent home early that day. I was back in homeschool for 5th grade and on.

    In homeschool, I skipped 8th and 12th grades and started college when I was 17. I had plenty of opportunities to build strong relationships and friendships by being on a martial arts team that competed nationally and through my church. It did take me a long time to recover from the verbal and sometimes physical abuse I had received for my short time in public school. By the time I reached college, I was fine and had no difficulty getting involved and making friends. In my first two years of college I was the president of the Business Club, member of student government, and co-editor of the yearbook. I won one of two student leadership awards for my participation.

    I am now happily married to my wife, another homeschool success story, and we just adopted our first child. I am working on two Masters degrees and expect to finish the first in 2011. I hope to go on for a PhD.

    We understand that learning styles are different and may choose to enroll our son in public or private school depending on his abilities. He makes us a racially mixed family, so that will factor as well into our decision depending on the school environment. We love our son and celebrate our beautifully different family, but 3rd and 4th graders don’t always see diversity that way.
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    How extensive is public funding for private schools in the US (counting both federal and state funding)? The answer will of course be different from state to state, but I want to know this so I can form some base of comparison with the rate at which private schools receive public funding.

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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    I was public schooled. I'll do anything in my power to make sure my children-- when I have them-- have a better life than I've had, and that includes homeschooling them if at all possible.

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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    I am a product of public schooling and I send my kids to public school. I have no problem with the institution.

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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    My two older kids (biologically mine) went to public school and had no problems. My two adopted sons were developmentally delayed and struggled with public school. The teachers found it easier to label them "trouble makers" than to deal with their learning disabilities. So we pulled them and they are now home schooled.

    IMHO, public school is fine for the "average kid". but if you are smarter than average or below average, public school is a disservice to you.
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    My two older kids (biologically mine) went to public school and had no problems. My two adopted sons were developmentally delayed and struggled with public school. The teachers found it easier to label them "trouble makers" than to deal with their learning disabilities. So we pulled them and they are now home schooled.

    IMHO, public school is fine for the "average kid". but if you are smarter than average or below average, public school is a disservice to you.
    I strongly agree.

    My oldest son had issues grasping conceptual words and terms like 'difference', 'between', 'because of' - things that are used frequently in school. Eventhough he was in special-ed classes his teachers didn't recognize this. I, at that time, didn't see it either because I was accustome to how he could understand me - I guess over the years I kept it simple.

    When I chose to homeschool him (something I did for 6 months) I realized these things -as well as many other things - that were a barrier to him fully understanding what was going on.

    When he went back he was a different kid and did so much better. . .and I kept up that same level of involvement after that.
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    Re: Public, Private or Home School

    I'm a public school teacher. When/If I have kids I will home-school them. Why? Frankly, I don't trust the teachers or administrators. Every year they have a different teacher - sometimes they'll have an excellent teacher who loves what they do, loves to read, is funny, loves kids, etc. But some years they'll inevitably have the burnt-out, veteran teacher who just gives worksheets, rarely laughs with the kids and would rather be at home watching The View OR the shrinking violet first-year teacher who doesn't have a clue what she's doing and lets the kids run the class. And they might have to suffer their entire school career with a superintendent that lets the principals slack off, school boards that refuse to punish bad teachers, etc.

    I have my masters in education - I know who I am, my attitude towards kids and learning - I trust myself.


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