The School I Choose
I wrote this four years ago at the beginning of National School Choice week, and I thought it would be worth sharing again. We have many of the same threats to public education we had then, and we have some new ones too.
Demand of our elected leaders that public schools have the resources to meet the needs of our children – all of them.
The mantra this week is that parents should get to choose the schools their children attend; that their zip code shouldn’t choose it for them. It’s quite the idyllic belief – that out there, somewhere is the perfect school.
As a parent, I’m still looking. Here’s what I hope to find.
- I choose a school that values children for the unique individuals they are.
- I choose a school with a strong, active PTA.
- I choose a school where the parents of the other children value education as much as I do.
- I choose a school that has well-paid faculty who are happy to come to work.
- I choose a school where the teachers receive meaningful professional development and are treated as professionals.
- I choose a school that teaches all students, regardless of background or ability.
- I choose a school that has enough technology to prepare my child for the world…
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