If you live in the city of Chicago, no one would find it odd to hear you say, “I send my kid to Catholic schools.” Even with all the reported improvements with the public schools, the word on the street is if you can’t get into a magnet school, forget going to a public school. If however, you live in one of the neighboring suburbs and say you are sending your kid to a “private school,” people pause and then make a joke about your wealth status.
Personally, I don’t get it. Why does the idea of sending ones kid to private school get under people’s skin so much? I realize we pay taxes and should support the public schools, but if you are able to give your kid a better situation, why not? I’ve seen too many people stick their kids into these danger zones because they want to make a political statement by supporting a public education. Why put your kid through that?
I especially find it amusing when people argue that everyone should go to public schools because private schools essentially becomes a safe haven for families that don’t want to deal with diversity or class differences. Why is that humorous to me? Because these are the folks that find these safe loop holes within the public schools that essentially provides them with a safe haven.
For instance , when I talk to people who are attending schools with poor reputations in neighboring suburbs, I’ll usually hear, “oh, but he’s in “TWI.” The “two way immersion or TWI” seems to be code word for a select program for children from the wealthiest or highest educated families within the overall school; that shields them from the dangers within the school. And then in high school, the great economic and cultural divide appears to be “advanced placement” courses. So this way, everyone can rationalize how great a public education is, not to mention how integrated it is.
But lets be honest, they are just paying private school tuition with their taxes, and then creating safe zones within the schools so it looks like they are these ardent supporters of public schools.