My son is two years old and I'm already thinking about his future kindergarten experience. I don't live near the school where I work, and I don't even live in the school district. Our neighbors attend our neighborhood public school so I am always pumping the kids for information. "What did you read today?" "What did you learn today?" "Oh you studied worms? Did you get to touch them?" I let them empty their backpacks and show me when they're bringing home. Unfortunately the answers and examples are never what I hope for. I've checked the school out online, studied the demographics and what is highlighted as achievement, and also had the opportunity to attend an evening event there. It was a specific group of students and their parents but it gave me a sense of the school.
I don't feel like going into all that I feel our neighborhood school lacks in comparison to my own, and there are certainly aspects of it that are great, but my nagging question is... what to do with my kid when it's time for kindergarten? For him to go to my own school, we would have to pay some sort of tuition since we don't pay taxes into that school system. I have no idea how much it is and keep putting off inquiring. I also don't think it's the best thing to have your child in your school let alone your own grade, but there are benefits as well.
I was talking with a colleague this weekend and she's experiencing similar feelings about her own neighborhood school. She said that I, and maybe we, are going to have hard time when our boys go to kindergarten.
Am I? All I want for my child is the same I strive to give my students.
I'm not passing judgement on the teachers in the classroom of our neighborhood school, after all, how could I? I haven't been in their room to see what they're doing.
My thoughts swirl around the environment. Do I want my child to go to school where everyone looks like him and talks like him? Where the library, despite how wealthy the neighborhood is, was shockingly sparse? Where the high school has the highest drop out rate in the state?
Do other teacher parents struggle with this?