Monday, August 15, 2005

Hypothetically speaking of course ..

Ok ...You have a child that has been in private school their whole life .They have had the same teacher since kindergarden .The whole school consists of 12 kids and the childs actual grade has 4 ,all being the same sex ( that is just how it worked out ,it is a co-ed school ) . This school goes up to 4th grade only .So that means the child will get their first taste of public school in the 5th grade ..So my question is ....When do you think A child that starts in private school should be transitioned into public school ...Now keep in mind that money is not at all an issue ...I am curious to get everyones opinion on this .

15 comments:

  1. Hmm, for me and my town the question isn't when you should transition them out of private school, but when to put them in. Our gread schools are fine, there are ten of them so no classroom is over crowded. The middle and highschool, well that's a different thing. One middle school and one highschool for ten grade schools...see the problem?? My child will NOT go to those schools if I am still in this town.

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  2. can you not find another private school? you might want to talk to your family doctor, pediatrican, get some advice from them.

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  3. IMHO-NEVER. I was a product of private school from k-9th grade and went into public school in 10th grade. My whole everything went downhill from there. My grades, my sense of self (in a strange way though I was popular, I never felt like I was and bowed to peer pressure more than I should have-which is never), my attitude toward my mom, my attitude toward God. It took me many years to dig myself out of the hole that I got myself into in high school. Even though I was probably the most well-adjusted kid in the circle of friends I had, I now look back and realize that the value of the education I received, at least at my school, was just what my mom paid for it - nothing. There were some good teachers there, to be sure, but trying to keep up with the wrong people took precidence over that education, so strong was the pressure to be the best, have the best clothes, be the most popular. It wasn't worth sacrificing my ideals, my relationship with my mom or my relationship with God. If I have to work more than one job to get and keep Emily in a private school when it is time for her to go, I will.

    Another alternative is a charter school. The private school education and atmosphere with the price of a public school - free. There are some great charter schools around here that I might consider putting Emily in.

    I just wanted to say thanks for being such a frequent visitor of my blog. It's nice to "know" you! BTW, I think your new skin is AWESOME - this coming from the original gun rights chick from Texas. LOL!

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  4. Where I live public schools are considered to be substandard. My 3 girls went to public school, although the 2 oldest went to a "magnent" school for academic excellence. They both finished colege, and work in the fields they got their degrees in. My other child went to the local public school. Now she holds a Maters degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and works at a college in NY. My point is that a lot depnds ion the student, and their support at home. Public or private, find the right fit for that child.

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  5. If you can stick with private school...DO IT!

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  6. I don't have kids, but I would think that the school would be more important than the age. As long is the transition is to something good and handled well it should be fine.

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  7. I would think it would be better to transition to another private school... but I really have no experience with private schools, hence my opinion doesn't mean a whole lot.

    nic: Public education isn't free (you said you got out what your mom paid in: nothing). Homeowners taxes and general taxes pay that bill. You're paying for public school as I type this. Nothing is free.

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  8. stick with the private school. i went to one from kindergarten all the way to high school.

    when i got to college, it was a public one, and it sucked! the professors were more concerned about earning rather than teaching. stick with the private school.;)

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  9. Hmmm I think it depends on the kid and their family life. I started in public schools but then was put into private in grade 4 - 8. I went back to public in high school which I was sooooo eternally grateful for! The social deveopment that is necessary in the high school years just can't be accomplished as well in a small private school. Sure, my GPA may have been better had I stayed in the private sector but I learned a lot more about life, friends and myself in the public school system for sure.

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  10. My two cents - my kids are in public school. It's a good school district thankfully, because I could not afford the private education I was lucky to get. I have two daughters who have transitioned from 5th grade elementary to 6th grade middle school. From classes of no more than 30 kids, to a class of roughly 400. VERY HARD transition. I think my concern would be more on the class size/school size differences, than on the public vs. private school debate. And I would think that 5th grade is too late to make that hypothetical switch and expect it to go smoothly. That's just my opinion though.

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  11. Unless she's asking to go to public school and you are happy with how she is doing in private school, keep her in private school. When I switched from private to public in the 3rd grade, everything went to crap. just a thought.

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  12. I'm the product of public schools. It's an extreme difference from a small private school to a huge public school. I'd say for her sake, unless she's asking to go to public school, that you stick with private.

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  13. I am not syre. It depends on the child. how social is this child? How does this child react in a large group?
    It really depends on the child. Every child id so different. My daughter would be fine,my son would freak out.

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  14. Transition to public school sooner rather than later. I had to switch over in seventh grade, and all of the other kids already knew each other and had formed cliques. It would have been easier earlier on, especially before middle school when kids are just plain evil.

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  15. Have you ever considered Homeschooling? I know the gut reaction is NO WAY, it was mine too. Just think about it. . .

    here via sophies blog.

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