Comments on: Education Lamentation /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/ Mon, 02 Feb 2009 19:49:08 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7 hourly 1 By: Claire /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4054 Claire Mon, 02 Feb 2009 05:43:11 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4054 I have 2 kids, 7 and 5 and lots of friends with same age kids. I think that alot of my friends worry WAY too much about whether this school is "better" than that school, etc. Especially b/c we live in a town where ALL the schools are good. The kids are going to make their own path no matter what. And I think we fool ourselves when we think we have so much control over this particular situation. But mostly it's in God's hands. I think a neighborhood Catholic school is a great thing...especially if the kids can go to school with kids they see in their neighborhood. Even if it's not the # 1 ranked school. There are some things that can't be ranked! Good luck, and don't stress out!! I have 2 kids, 7 and 5 and lots of friends with same age kids. I think that alot of my friends worry WAY too much about whether this school is “better” than that school, etc. Especially b/c we live in a town where ALL the schools are good. The kids are going to make their own path no matter what. And I think we fool ourselves when we think we have so much control over this particular situation. But mostly it’s in God’s hands. I think a neighborhood Catholic school is a great thing…especially if the kids can go to school with kids they see in their neighborhood. Even if it’s not the # 1 ranked school. There are some things that can’t be ranked! Good luck, and don’t stress out!!

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By: SoMo /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4053 SoMo Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:53:27 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4053 You have to think are the kids at her daycare going to persuade you where she goes to grammar school? It works that way, too. Also, high schools change from year to year. Even if those grammar schools feed into a good high school, now, will it be a good high school when she is ready for it? The big reason I am not concerned with high schools at this point, at all. I will keep an ear out about the schools, but I am not going to be making any decisions about that until Amber is in 8th grade. As you know, Amber goes to the one school we looked at. Oh sure I tried to look at other programs, but once I walked into a school found no adult and sleeping children on the floor I knew that school wasn't for us. Or the school that had an unlocked side door. I didn't know how much I would like or dislike our school until Amber was knee deep into it. You never know until you try. I have no problem with planning ahead, but don't jump the gun so to speak. <abbr><em>SoMo’s last blog post..<a href="http://soulprncs2.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/something-to-think-about/" rel="nofollow">Something to Think About</a></abbr></em> You have to think are the kids at her daycare going to persuade you where she goes to grammar school? It works that way, too. Also, high schools change from year to year. Even if those grammar schools feed into a good high school, now, will it be a good high school when she is ready for it? The big reason I am not concerned with high schools at this point, at all. I will keep an ear out about the schools, but I am not going to be making any decisions about that until Amber is in 8th grade.

As you know, Amber goes to the one school we looked at. Oh sure I tried to look at other programs, but once I walked into a school found no adult and sleeping children on the floor I knew that school wasn’t for us. Or the school that had an unlocked side door. I didn’t know how much I would like or dislike our school until Amber was knee deep into it. You never know until you try.

I have no problem with planning ahead, but don’t jump the gun so to speak.

SoMo’s last blog post..Something to Think About

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By: Andree /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4052 Andree Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:52:52 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4052 @pistolette I have always thought that Catholic school knocked the religion out of me quite nicely! (Read on someone's facebook recently: "Can we agree that Jesus made me an athiest?") @pistolette I have always thought that Catholic school knocked the religion out of me quite nicely!

(Read on someone’s facebook recently: “Can we agree that Jesus made me an athiest?”)

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By: pistolette /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4051 pistolette Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:46:54 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4051 You're not too early, and you're not paranoid. Where I live, everyone starts that early. My baby is only 1 year and I started shopping for her preschools already. When we were kids it WAS easier for parents to just enroll their kids wherever, but back then you just showed up with a birth certificate, a kid, and a check on enrollment day. These days they want letters of recommendation and IQ tests (what an absurd scam) a year or more in advance. Pretentious much? Anyway, I refuse to get stressed over this. I'll apply to the good public schools, and a few Catholic and private schools, and whatever happens, happens. The best learning is done during home hours anyway, imho. My hubby and I went to Catholic schools and we're both perfectly well-adjusted agnostics ;-) <abbr><em>pistolette’s last blog post..<a href="http://pistolette.blogspot.com/2009/01/next-gen-local-farmers.html" rel="nofollow">Next Gen Local Farmers</a></abbr></em> You’re not too early, and you’re not paranoid. Where I live, everyone starts that early. My baby is only 1 year and I started shopping for her preschools already. When we were kids it WAS easier for parents to just enroll their kids wherever, but back then you just showed up with a birth certificate, a kid, and a check on enrollment day. These days they want letters of recommendation and IQ tests (what an absurd scam) a year or more in advance. Pretentious much? Anyway, I refuse to get stressed over this. I’ll apply to the good public schools, and a few Catholic and private schools, and whatever happens, happens. The best learning is done during home hours anyway, imho. My hubby and I went to Catholic schools and we’re both perfectly well-adjusted agnostics ;-)
pistolette’s last blog post..Next Gen Local Farmers

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By: Andree /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4050 Andree Fri, 30 Jan 2009 05:43:21 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4050 She can go to ISL - it's a BESE Charter so you don't have to live in Orleans. It's kind of wacky, but my kids love it. I vote public magnet where possible, but that's because I have an awful opinion of Catholic schools. And yes, it's New Orleans. You have to start obsessing before they're born. She can go to ISL - it’s a BESE Charter so you don’t have to live in Orleans. It’s kind of wacky, but my kids love it. I vote public magnet where possible, but that’s because I have an awful opinion of Catholic schools. And yes, it’s New Orleans. You have to start obsessing before they’re born.

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By: Momisodes /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4049 Momisodes Fri, 30 Jan 2009 04:08:13 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4049 I commend your efforts in pursuing this early. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing your best to lay the best foundation for your child possible. After living in Massachusetts for over a year, we finally bought a home in a specific town because of the good schools and many of the reasons you mentioned here. <abbr><em>Momisodes’s last blog post..<a href="http://www.momisodes.com/?p=1856" rel="nofollow">The Choice Was Clear</a></abbr></em> I commend your efforts in pursuing this early. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing your best to lay the best foundation for your child possible. After living in Massachusetts for over a year, we finally bought a home in a specific town because of the good schools and many of the reasons you mentioned here.

Momisodes’s last blog post..The Choice Was Clear

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By: Tara R. /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4047 Tara R. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 22:36:15 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4047 I don't think anything you can do to give your children a better chance is wrong (well, you know within reason and legal). Especially when it's as basic as providing them with the best possible education you can. Good hunting! <abbr><em>Tara R.’s last blog post..<a href="http://ifmomsaysok.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/" rel="nofollow">A few of my favorite things</a></abbr></em> I don’t think anything you can do to give your children a better chance is wrong (well, you know within reason and legal). Especially when it’s as basic as providing them with the best possible education you can. Good hunting!

Tara R.’s last blog post..A few of my favorite things

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By: Ryan Waldron /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4046 Ryan Waldron Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:49:11 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4046 In 5th-7th grades, I attended St. Matthew the Apostle. I never fit in there. I showed up in 5th grade when everyone else there had been there since at least 3rd. I was very short for my age, and sort of young for my grade. That in combination with the many of the other students having been held back at least once made me physically much less mature than the other students (boys). Also, I was fat. Also, thye were all very mean. The school gave me a good education, but I didn't have any friends there. And every single one of those mean kids (again, the boys) wanted to go to Rummel. I had alreay long known I wanted to continue the famility tradition of going to Jesuit, but these kids reinforced that I wanted to go there. (Going to Jesuit = not going to Rummel). In the end, I graduated from Jesuit, got a physics degree from Tulane and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from LSU (and I'm not sure that I'm stopping there) while most of them either failed out of Rummel, got kicked out of Rummel, or never got accepted to Rummel in the first place. Theere's no way of knowing wether or not she'll want to go to High School with all the other students from her grammar school class or not. <abbr><em>Ryan Waldron’s last blog post..<a href="http://doggone-friggin.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-yelp-saved-my-bay-area-trip-part.html" rel="nofollow">How Yelp Saved My Bay Area Trip (Part III) or The Best Sushi I Ever Ate on a Sushi Hunt</a></abbr></em> In 5th-7th grades, I attended St. Matthew the Apostle. I never fit in there. I showed up in 5th grade when everyone else there had been there since at least 3rd. I was very short for my age, and sort of young for my grade. That in combination with the many of the other students having been held back at least once made me physically much less mature than the other students (boys). Also, I was fat. Also, thye were all very mean.

The school gave me a good education, but I didn’t have any friends there. And every single one of those mean kids (again, the boys) wanted to go to Rummel. I had alreay long known I wanted to continue the famility tradition of going to Jesuit, but these kids reinforced that I wanted to go there. (Going to Jesuit = not going to Rummel).

In the end, I graduated from Jesuit, got a physics degree from Tulane and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from LSU (and I’m not sure that I’m stopping there) while most of them either failed out of Rummel, got kicked out of Rummel, or never got accepted to Rummel in the first place.

Theere’s no way of knowing wether or not she’ll want to go to High School with all the other students from her grammar school class or not.

Ryan Waldron’s last blog post..How Yelp Saved My Bay Area Trip (Part III) or The Best Sushi I Ever Ate on a Sushi Hunt

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By: Margaret /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4045 Margaret Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:41:25 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4045 I moved to NJ to get a great public school. I don't regret it. You never know what is going to be the right fit for your kid, but if you don't do enough due diligence beforehand, you will feel personally responsible for her failure to excel any time she is "only average." You do it as much for yourself as you do for her. If you have the resources (money, time, education) to evaluate a choose a school, you can do what some parents can't do. And that doesn't make it wrong. Good Luck. <abbr><em>Margaret’s last blog post..<a href="http://oliverallover.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/my-king-cake-story/" rel="nofollow">My King Cake Story</a></abbr></em> I moved to NJ to get a great public school. I don’t regret it.

You never know what is going to be the right fit for your kid, but if you don’t do enough due diligence beforehand, you will feel personally responsible for her failure to excel any time she is “only average.” You do it as much for yourself as you do for her. If you have the resources (money, time, education) to evaluate a choose a school, you can do what some parents can’t do. And that doesn’t make it wrong.

Good Luck.

Margaret’s last blog post..My King Cake Story

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By: Lanny /2009/01/29/education_lamentation/comment-page-1/#comment-4044 Lanny Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:27:42 +0000 /?p=617#comment-4044 You've got my vote! I stressed about where to send Linus. Visited multiple places, filled out apps just in case we didn't get our #1 choice, etc. You'll never regret spending money on a good education. Just remember it's more than simply academics. Look at it from all angles. You’ve got my vote! I stressed about where to send Linus. Visited multiple places, filled out apps just in case we didn’t get our #1 choice, etc. You’ll never regret spending money on a good education. Just remember it’s more than simply academics. Look at it from all angles.

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