Lately, the topic of debate between Bop and I has been whether or not we should put Punky in public school or a private academy once we move to Saint Augustine.
Now, we both know that she won’t be starting school for another couple of years, but let’s be realistic y’all; the waiting lists on private schools are daunting! Some of them go as far back as two years. Two whole years! Just to get your Little a good education! That’s crazy, right?!
Now, I’m not saying that Bop doesn’t agree with me on paying for Punky to go to a special school. He just likes to know the pros and cons of each, especially what the differences will be between the public and private elementary schools, since he’ll be paying a couple thousand dollars (or more) out of pocket. And I don’t blame him. Really, I don’t.
I just feel very strongly about not putting her into public school. Considering the experiences I had in school: bomb threats, fights, bullets found in the bathrooms, knives and such being brought into class, (And this was in a rural area, mind you!) On top of that, have you read some of the crazy things going on with kids in school these days? One SIX year old brought a gun to school and shot his Student Resource Officer! Another, only TEN, was said to be so socially tormented that after getting in trouble at home and being sent on a time-out in his room, he strangled himself with a cord! I mean, c’mon, that’s truly unbelievable and frankly, a bit scary to me. So think about the effect it would have on a child. There’s no way I’m gonna let my wee one have anything to do with that!
Originally I wanted to homeschool Punks myself, to sort of ensure her learning in a more intimate and personal setting. However, I have since started college, I’ll probably pursue a career or even if I don’t end up using my educational credentials, I still have a few snazzy ideas involving a home business and A LOT of sewing. So I’m gonna be a busy mama! And if I am, I want her to get a great education from a great place; even if it’s a little pricy. ‘Cause, after all, she IS worth every penny.
So, what are you guys’ thoughts on the matter? Do you agree that school is school, no matter where you go? Or do you think that giving your child a paid education (or homeschooling) is worth the price tag?