As I sit down to work on applications to a handful of elite and very expensive private schools, my main question is this: Will private school keep my child from being bored?
I'm not worried about my child being academically prepared in public school. Most children of highly educated parents do well academically no matter where they are.
I'm worried that my child will be bored.
I went to public school until 9th grade. My main memory is one of boredom, despite many great teachers. An entry in my 6th grade diary has a bitter complaint about how we're learning fractions again!!! Just like 4th and 5th grade!!!! I skipped 8th grade, and to this day I don't know what I missed. A friend who teaches public school said, "That's because you didn't miss anything."
That's what troubles me. The years of mindless boredom when I could have been learning. I would sacrifice a lot to spare my child those wasted years.
My friends with children in public schools, even "trophy" schools, routinely talk about how to handle their kids being bored. They talk about their kids acting out at home after having to sit in class all day without learning, children not wanting to go to school. It starts as early as 1st and 2nd grade.
So I ask, parents in private schools, is your child often bored? Did sending your child to private school keep them engaged in school?
The issue of private vs public is a heated one, as is the question of differentiated learning. I am still looking at public schools and will continue posting reviews, but my question here is specifically directed to parents of private schools.
If you'd like to share your experiences on differentiated learning in public schools, please go to the 10/29 post on Jose Ortega, where some parents started discussing GATE and differentiated learning.
If you'd like to share your thoughts on private vs public, please go to the sfkfiles post on 11/19 post on Children of Highly Educated Parents where a lively discussion is in place.
This will help readers find the information they need, instead of having to search through many posts. Thanks!