The other day my friend asked me what I've learned from writing this blog and immersing myself in the school search. I've learned a lot—about progressive education, motor perception, language immersion, Orff music, the Reggio Emillio approach, the SFUSD lottery system (though I have to admit I'm still perplexed by some parts of it). But there's one thing that I've learned more than anything: All families are different.
We're all unique. Our backgrounds are different. Our financial situations. Our values. Our priorities. Our willingness to drive across town or to get up at the crack of dawn. This means we're all interested in different schools. And I think we need to respect that. The school search is hard enough and I think we can make the process easier by encouraging our friends when they find schools they love—even if we're not in love with the same schools. Even if one of us is set on private and the other wants to support public schools.
But I think we all have one thing in common: We want the best for our children. We're all trying our hardest to find a school that's suited to our unique child. We're in this together and we need to remember that.