OT-Schools

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OT-Schools
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Sun, 11-23-2008 - 2:06pm

I am wondering if you look for anything in particular when you first choose what school your child will go to. Aside from the typical good teachers and good rep for being a good school, what other kinds of things might you consider? Like music programs, religious aspects, sports, I don't know, just whatever you might have looked into in addition to the obvious wants.

My dd will be 4 in August, and I was starting to look into preschools/future schools. We live on the border of 2 counties, so we have the option of schools in either county. We live in between a more country setting and a more suburban setting. A couple of things that came to me is I would like the class sizes to be smaller than average. While one school has this, bc it's a small country school, it's not very diverse. It's no big secret that WV isn't the most diverse of states, but I would like her to be in a classroom with different backgrounds. It's just something that I think is important, and maybe most don't consider this when they enroll their kid in school, but my area is probably not as diverse as theirs either.

Another thing is how much recess there is. This might sound silly, but I read/hear/discuss in some of my classes about how some schools keep cutting back the recess or free time in exchange for more structured time. I think this is a bad idea and truly feel play/recess is important for many reasons. I don't really want to put her in a school that doesn't value recess. Probably not the most important issue in the grand scheme of life and all, but just some things that I was thinking about the other day and a few things I am keeping in mind when I look into schools.

This isn't a debate so much, although I guess if people want to they can. I was just wondering what types of things you may have considered.

 

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In reply to: jesserose822
Tue, 11-25-2008 - 12:25pm
That's awful. I'm really sorry you've had such a bad experience with the Catholic church. Not all parishes are like that.
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Tue, 11-25-2008 - 12:51pm

The anti-gay marriage initiative was a very divisive issue in this state.

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Tue, 11-25-2008 - 1:06pm

The whole anti-gay marriage

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In reply to: jesserose822
Tue, 11-25-2008 - 6:55pm

ot but the front page of my paper this morning pictured our bishop/cardinal and others protesting abortion and the death penalty in huntsville..while i don't stand on the side of some public display catholics,it isn't fair to paint the pciture that "all" catholics are part of this kind of group.

 

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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Wed, 12-03-2008 - 11:21am

I have just the opposite experience with Catholic school. I was raised in mainly public school (went to Catholic grade school for 2 yrs and HS for 1) and my dh was raised in Catholic schools.


I love my dd's Catholic school. They have a wide range of programs and the church itself is very non-preachy. Compared to the local public schools there really is no contest. The fighting, cursing, lac of respect for teachers, etc that I ahve seen in public schools is something I am not putting my girls in. They go to school with very nice kids and I like the religious aspect of it.


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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Wed, 12-03-2008 - 11:22am
That has been my experience too.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 9:16am

in defense of public schools,i did want to address this..


Compared to the local public schools there really is no contest. The fighting, cursing, lac of respect for teachers, etc that I ahve seen in public schools is something I am not putting my girls in


...this sounds like only a stereotype.

 

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Registered: 10-05-2007
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 9:47am

Um, did you miss the part where she said the LOCAL public schools and that *she* has seen this?


Compared to the local public schools there really is no contest. The fighting, cursing, lac of respect for teachers, etc that I ahve seen in public schools is something I am not putting my girls in.....

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 10:37am

You said exactly what I was going to!


The school district we live in sucks. I see the kids that roam our neighborhood and I don't want my kids in school with them. Now that Ohio has a voucher type program that allows students in failing schools to attend a Private school for free our school(private) is seeing a big increase in behavior problems. The kids we are getting from the local public schools are

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 11:14am