Choosing Your Child’s School

Do you send your child to public school, private school, Parochial school, or do you home school them? That choice of schooling approach is a dilemma that all parents face today.

Today’s child starts his/her education early. It is not unreasonable to send a child to school at age 2. At this young age, the child can already learn and you have a blank slate on which to write. Private schools begin teaching children at age 2 to say their ABC’s and recognize their numbers. Children can learn songs and dances. They can learn to get along with other children their own age. They can learn manners and begin to learn religion.

By age four, the child should be able to write his/her name and to recognize it when he/she sees it. By the time he/she enters kindergarten at age 5, children who have been in private school already know what most children in public school do not learn until they are in the first grade. Many of these children can already read and do simple math. They have taught themselves.

Public school does not allow the teaching of any religious subjects. The Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem are no longer learned or recited/sung daily. This is something that all school children learned in the 50’s,60’s 70’s and part of the 80’s. At the end of the 80’s thing began to change subtly in our public schools. References to certain historic events were removed from the text books. School prayer was banned. The world started to see things in a new light: Political Correctness.

Today, Political Correctness has run totally amok. Our children do not learn about the Civil War, the conflicts that involved Arab nations, WWII and Hitler’s murder of the Jews. Civics isn’t part of the curriculum any longer. Today’s student does not study the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Most students cannot tell you what is engraved on the Statue of Liberty and do not know it was a gift from the French. I would challenge you to discover twenty students who know how many are in Congress and the Senate. Few know how a Bill is introduced or made. Maybe we should bring back the television show The Electric Company. Children learned a lot from that show.

If there is a concern to you, there are options. One increasing popular option is home schooling. However, if you decide to home school your child, you had better be serious about it. You have to set regular hours for each lesson and stick to them.

There are curriculums available over the internet through some of the states. The state supplies the teacher and all work is all done at home on the computer. The child does not have to attend classes but does have to do the same amount of work that is required of those who do. In some states the child goes to a central testing place for the year end tests.

There are over 60,000 students being home schooled. Studies show that home schooled students score above those who attend public school. Being home schooled allows the student to partake in outside learning through apprenticeships. The subjects taught are not limited to the normal ones taught in public school. The home schooled student may learn subjects such as Greek, Latin, astronomy, architecture, philosophy.

Home schooled students also have the opportunity to travel with their families. This presents another field of learning. Parochial schools conduct their lessons and education in conjunction with religious instruction. Students are treated strictly and expected to abide by the rules of the Church.

Private schools are of many different types. Christian schools conduct their education in conjunction with the teaching of Christian values and the Bible. These schools teach from age 2 until high school grade 12. There are also Christian colleges.

Montessori schools approach education based on the experiences of Maria Montessori who believed in giving the student a chance to self pace themselves. She believed that they had a sort of inner guide to follow. This school usually teaches children from 2-10.

There are Hebrew schools, Muslim schools, and schools for other religions. There are alternative schools for troubled youth. Parents have many choices to investigate prior to enrolling their child. They need to investigate each one in order to choose the best one for their child and their family.