Wish Me Luck Girls

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sahmof3 - February 19

NG... yeah, that sounds like ours, but w/out the long line. We are very lucky!!!! I'm not telling anyone about our preschool now LOL. We are pretty rural, so maybe that's why. Also a lot of people send their kids to their church's preschools... they are open to anyone, but I don't know anyone around here who sends their LOs to preschools of churches that they don't belong to. Anyway, they changed the program for our preschool since Nathan went. It used to be for 3s, 4s and 5s, but the 3s and younger 4s had the opposite schedule as the older 4s and 5s so they weren't together, but now they are going to have everyone together and the 3yos will only be able to go 2 mornings a week. I was going to enroll Leah, but now I think I'll wait until next year. The price sounds about like ours, too. These other ones.... compet_tive preschools, compet_tive kindergarten... wow! What a lot of pressure for LOs!!! Is this for them to get into a prestigious college?

 

sahmof3 - February 19

OMG $1100/month. That's more than our mortgage!

 

sophiasmom - February 19

We live in a area where private schools are the norm and the quality of them is really good. They are all private and a little bit expensive, but we feel that he is getting a really good education and we are proud that he is in the advanced cla__s. Next year he will have to take the exam to enter Kindergarden and it is extremelly compet_tive...

 

melissa g. - February 19

i was really tempted just to keep my mouth shut but I have no impulse control so I cant! I really think this is what is wrong with our society these days and what we are doing to our kids -- an exam for Kindergarten? 1K per MONTH for PRESCHOOL??? This rant is coming from a girl who attended private school my entire life, all the way thru grad school! My dh has laid down the law and informed me that our dd will go to public school, like he did, after which he was accepted to 3 Ivy League colleges -- he thinks the whole private school gig is a crock and doesnt insure one's kid doing well intellectually. I dont know where she will end up going, I dont really care if it is private or public, but I have eneough sense to realize that a fancy private preschool does NOT the Road to Harvard make. I think the amount of pressure people/parents/schools put on kids at age FOUR is insane -- they are supposed to be playing and singing songs and learning colors and ABC's -- not taking entrance exams! Sorry but I have heard about places like NYC and L.A. where people do crazy things to get their kids into preschool and I think it is madness. Oh -- and I used to teach preschool, before I became an atoorney so its not like I am anti-education -- just anti-pressure. A child can learn in a variety of environments, and for a lot more cheaply than 1k a month!

 

melissa g. - February 19

OMG, there are a thousand typos in my post -- sorry, i was typing too fast! oh -- interesting factoid -- in Japan, preschools are NUTS, they literally let the kids run around like banshees, b/c they know that for the rest of their academic life, the kids will have to really toe the line and be subjected to intense rigor in school. I always thought that was interesting.

 

sophiasmom - February 19

Melissa g.,I really did not want to start a debate between private or public schools, I just stated what we have choosen for our kids. Some public schools work as good as private schools. If the kid and the family have what it takes everybody can make it. My dh and myself met in a private university. We both went thru private schools our entire life. He is the CFO of a engineering company and I am a CPA for an international company. We chose the private school path. We do live in L.A. and like I said before it is very common to send your kids to private preschool.

 

Kara H. - February 19

I think a lot of it depends on where you live. Public schools in my area are really nice. We live in financially well off county that puts a lot of money into our schools, but I know that not all public schools are like ours. 45 minutes north of my home is a nice city that has very poor public schools. Something like 30% of parents send their children to private schools. And if I lived there, I'm sure I would too. I think the problem is that there is no accountability for the public schools system. Even if parents choose to send their children to private schools, the parents still have to pay local taxes to support schools that are failing to educate so poorly that parents PAY to send their children elsewhere. I think that is where the real problem lays. If the tax dollars were a__signed to the child instead of the district and the child could take his tax dollars with him to whatever school the parent chooses, the public schools would have no choice but to hire better teachers and to rein in disiplinary problems. Compit_tion is always good for business.

 

sahmof3 - February 20

I agree melissa g. I guess I can't help myself either. Compet_tive kindergarten entrance exams? Come on. Seems like a good way to pressure cook the fun and natural curiousity of learning right out of a child IMO. What will the child be striving for... learning and being proud of themselves?... or learning in order to make sure they please their parents and teachers and get into the "right" kindergarten that some preschool says will determine their success in life?

 

sahmof3 - February 20

I have nothing against private schools in general, just the ones who lay it upon a child's shoulders to jump through hoops to impress them. I just find it sad, I guess. My own dd is 3 and I'm glad she can learn what she needs to know right here and just be a silly three year old... not worrying about entrance exams... geez, that was a lot of pressure on me when I was EIGHTEEN and looking at colleges.

 

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