This topic kind of seems like a no-brainer to me, and forgive me for not padding this post with a lot of facts and statistics. It’s just a whole lot of my opinion, served up for your reading pleasure.
I went to private, parochial school all the way through. Jim, public. So, yes, we come at the idea of Seth and Erin’s school from very different perspectives. But regardless of where our children will get their education, the importance of it has never been the issue in question.
I think education is unquestionably important, kindergarten through 12th grade. Whether traditional public school, private or parochial school, homeschool, or a combination of any or all of those, a child needs the formal teaching and the social interaction that primary education provides.
Now, secondary education….that’s a little different. I have a bachelor’s degree, and some course work towards my master’s degree. Jim has an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. If left up to me, my children would also pursue secondary education resulting in at least a bachelor’s degree.
That said, I know that this may not be the path they choose. They may decide to pursue a trade, or be entrepreneurial, or they may join the military. I don’t know where their respective dreams will take them.
I can only pray that I will have the grace to be supportive if their decisions, when the times come, don’t necessarily mirror what I’d choose for them. And I guess that pretty much will apply to everything they choose, not just their potential alma mater.