OT-Schools

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Registered: 09-21-2008
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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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 3:32pm

that's where my curiosity lies,too..i grew up in the catholic schools and we were led to believe that the public school kids in my neighborhood were the rough set,the kids we were "not allowed" to hang around with and all....but as an adult looking back now,i see that as much more an unfair judgement and bias than it was an actual awareness of what the public school kids were "really" like.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 3:52pm

And sometimes it's even true. Sorry but when I hear the kids in our neighborhood, little kids, using the F word and acting like punks what else can I think of it,

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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 4:04pm

but you're pigeon holing the kids using the "f" word,"b" word to only belong to the kids in the public shcools..how do you know private school kids aren't using the same sort of language?

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 4:50pm

Oh I don't doubt that some do, in fact I can name the kid that has been at my kid school for 6 years that does, but we do live in a crappy school district where poverty and bad parenting are rampant that can make for some pretty disturbed kids. The whole reason we choose private school was because of where we live not because I had a belief that private automatically means better then public.


To pretend that every school is the same is pretty narrow minded too though. Our private doesn't

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Registered: 06-27-1998
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 4:58pm

Yes, I would agree it was unfair....there are good and bad school everywhere.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 6:04pm

How is it unfair when people have been talking about their local public and private schools? I think people know about the area they live in. Did someone say all private schools are better then all public, if so I missed that post.


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Registered: 07-14-2008
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 11:50pm
My son went to school in Va for kindergarten & first grade & never had recess. It was a BIG peeve of mine. Kindergarten was full day & the only "playtime" they had was 30 minute structured Physical Education. We are now in Southern California schools & he gets two recesses & is by far a much happier child coming home from school. In Va school started at 8 am & was done at 3 pm. Here he attends from 8:10 to 2:40. We do more homework but overall he is a much happier kid in his new school setting. Another thing southern California schools does that I am absolutely in love with is every Monday is a half day, he gets out an hour & a half earlier. Although, our elementary school doesn't have sports we play sports through our Rec Centers. Did the same thing in Va. DS played soccer in Va & out here he wants to play foot ball. We have also signed him up for ice skating lessons. For DD in a school, we just pick one that works well with both of our schedules & one that we like, again we have her in classes outside of the school.
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Registered: 01-22-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 8:46am

Don't you live in TX? I specifically said *my* local schools. My youngest did go there for kindergarten. Also,

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Registered: 01-22-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 8:47am
THank you! I thought I was clear.
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In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 10:08am

I think that leading children to believe that they are better because they attend private (or public) school than the other children in the neighborhood, including not allowing them to hang around those children

PumpkinAngel