Is Your Child in Private or Public School? What Factors Played a Role in Your Decision?
This is my son's first year at school and I am nervous. Of course I have known since the day I gave birth to him that one day I would watch a yellow school bus drive away with him inside it, but until the last few weeks I never realized how out of control it would make me feel as a mom who, like most parents, wants to protect her child.
Our son attends public school. It's what we can afford, home-schooling and private school are out and, honestly, as a product of the North Carolina public school system myself, I am confident he will receive a quality education there.
It can be unsettling, though, when I turn on the television each morning before beginning my work and see the local headlines. A sample from today's news: There was a shooting near a Charlotte school that put students and teachers on lockdown, a Wake County teacher was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, and another child became sick after eating candy they received at school that later tested positive for drugs.
Aside from the worries of danger, I am also concerned about large classroom sizes, a shortage of quality educators, and budget cuts that threaten things like art, computer, and music classes.
It's a wide and scary world out there and we are largely out of control of it when we kiss our children good bye each morning at the bus stop or in the carpool line. It's a reality we all must face as parents.
Do you worry about your child's education or their safety while they are in school? Did they play a role in your decision to place your child in private instead of public school?
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