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February 10, 2010

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Fairly Odd Mother

I'm with you on all of the above reasons (yay to uniforms!!), although I get a little squiggly about the morals point, mainly b/c I've heard that argument used when it comes to religion before: if my kids aren't taught (religious) morals, how will they ever learn to be good kids? In other words, if I don't hold heaven/hell, God's commandments, or WWJD over their heads, what will compel them to be good people?

I'm not sure how or if public schools teach morals, but I think this is where parents really, really need to step in anyway and not hope the schools will get it right. It doesn't takes hours and hours of classes to teach kids morals, or even a fancy curriculum---just read stores (Aesop's fables are great), talk about your own morals, practice what you preach and then follow through.

Other than that, I think your gut is telling you this is a good fit for your kids, and I think that's great!

Christine Sierra

I totally agree that morals fall almost squarely on the shoulders of the parents/caregivers, and your suggestions of what to do at home are spot on.

I tend to think of the religion classes in her school as a supplement to morals in more of a historical way. To me, The Bible is the greatest history book ever written, whether you believe it to be all fact or part fiction, but the message that falls out of each of her lessons is the same: churches and Catholicism were born out of the desire to be good members of God's world and members are taught to help each other, the poor and needy in the community and to try their best to live a life respecting the people and elements contained in it.

I have a hard time reaffirming that she'll go to hell if she's not a perfect Catholic when I can't support the heaven and hell theory, or that the commandments even apply to how our society has evolved. However, the birth of religion has a great message with it that I believe offers up some introduction to morals especially for those who aren't given moral guidance at home.

I know many families do a fantastic job without the help of the church or religion in their teachings, but others don't, and by choosing to send my kids to a school that is allowed to at least include that message in the curriculum makes me feel like perhaps they are held a bit more accountable for their actions and behavior vs what can be accomplished in the public schools when parents don't always have a common element pulling them together beyond just the academics?

Right now, it's just a theory - my other theory is that we're all pre-programmed anyway and nothing I do is worth a damn in the end :)

Margaret

I agree one hundred percent. Although my kids classes are a bit larger this year then I'd like (and they were in the past) due to the closing of another local Catholic school and our school absorbing more kids (I'm hoping they will open another class or two next year to alleviate this).

One more thing I'd like to add is No Child Left Behind. I have friends in the public school who will tell you point blank, their kids should have been held back, but were not allowed to. Then those parents had to hire outside tutors over the summer to get their kids where they should. My youngest is a tad younger then most of her peers. And a bit immature in some ways. We've already started thinking on whether we would like to keep her back in K again next year. And if that's what we choose, we know that we, as parents can make that decision. And we'd rather do it now then have her fall behind or just skate by later in life.

Another is involvement. I see alot of involvement in the school from the parents because they want what's best for their children (or course, most parents regardless of their school choice do as well). But our parents are committed to making it work and making sure that our kids come first and that they have what is needed. if our teachers say, "I wish I had this, or I'm short on that" - 100% of time - she has multiple of that object in hand the next day.

I also know that I can walk into their school any time with any concern and my voice is heard. That I can make a difference in their education. That I can approach their teacher and vice versa.

I know that when i drop my kids off in the morning, they are in excellent hands and I do not have to worry about them at all.

Oh and I think I want your school - ours doesn't have a ski club or swim club (A would LOVE those) :( We do have a robotics club.

We try to go to Mass every week (which is more set in stone now that our oldest talked us into letting her be an alter server). However, I do not go to Mass during the week. Of course, Ash Wednesday falls during school vacation week, and the kids have already insisted that we go. SO of course, I guess I am going to have to drag myself and them their next week.

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The uniforms thing would sell my wife and I. I just hate fighting with my 4 year old on what she's going to wear every single day.
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The opportunity to learn about Catholicism is an excellent reason to go to a Catholic school.

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I think first is the basic criterion that slots are only for many, and only as desks, and even a desired growth, there will be children waiting to attend instead of being crammed into a room.

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I have read your post, i following with you you are explain what is real world and how to lived good life.

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I went to public school from kindergarten through graduation. No problems here, unless you count the time in Virginia.

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