Ten Reasons to Choose Public School

by Tammy Drennan

 

1. The government has a vested interest in how my children are reared, so it has the right to teach them what it sees fit.

 

2. I pay school taxes — I have a right to state schooling for my children. I’m not going to watch all that money go down the drain while I pay even more to educate my children in some different or special way.

 

3. God has not called me to choose private or homeschooling. State schooling is God’s default choice of education for children, and until he clearly tells me to do something else, my children will be educated by the state.

 

4. Public school represents the kind of world my children will have to live in and it’s not likely they’ll ever be able to change that, so I want them to get used to it from the start.

 

5. God has called my children to be missionaries to their teachers and peers — I’m just helping them obey his command.

 

6. I went to public school and I turned out okay. Okay is good enough for my kids, too.

 

7. We would have to downgrade our lifestyle in order to pursue some independent form of education — not an option for us.

 

8. My life is about more than just my children. I need fulfillment, too, so I can’t devote all my time or resources to their education.

 

9. My church has all sorts of programs to counter the negative effects of public school, so I’m covered there.

 

10. Everyone else does it — I’m no leader, just a humble follower.

There is one legitimate reason to choose public school and that is if you honestly have no other option, but the operative word is “honestly.” All too many people who insist they have no other options actually do but prefer not to see them. For those who really do have no other choice, it is up to the rest of us to try to help — with ideas, time, options,  and/or money.

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5 Responses to Ten Reasons to Choose Public School

  1. wintertime says:

    Re: #2

    The “extra” paid for private or home schooling could be called: Ransom, Jizya, or “Freedom of Conscience and Religion Tax”.

    It is time we called the “extra” what it truly is.

  2. Katya says:

    I wonder if your god would agree with your decision of not changing your life style and not making any compromises for your children…. just a thought!

    • tdbwd says:

      Hi. Thanks much for your thoughts. I hope you understand that these ten reasons are written as satire — as what parents might say if they were being honest about their reasons for choosing public school. Of course, other options do not occur to many parents and many simply feel trapped. But I know many who intentionally choose what they believe is not best for their children but is best for their pocketbook or lifestyle, which is so very sad.

  3. LHammock says:

    I really do wish we could afford private school for our children. We have three and one on the way. We barely have the money to keep a roof over our heads these days – just got evicted and moved to a cheaper place. My oldest is the only one in school; the other two are in diapers. My little girl is a first grader. She is reading and doing math at a second grade level, though. I work with her every chance I get because I know that she is going to be something great!

    • tdbwd says:

      Hi. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope that some day down the road your situation will improve and you’ll be able to choose private or homeschooling. In the meantime, you’re doing what’s really important — you’re deeply involved in your daughter’s education and thinking about your options. Keep thinking — you may find a way sooner than you think. The older your children get the more important it will be to have options. My very best wishes to you and your precious family.

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