I grew up in Brazil. My education path was dictated by the social expectations of my culture. Children from middle class families were expected to attend private school in order to attain a good enough basis to pass the very important college entrance examination for the coveted public educational system. Pretty much all of our lives were geared towards passing this test. Our parents and families made sacrifices on a daily basis in order to afford this type of education. We all took it very seriously.
My son is one and a half and I'm a stay at home mom in Texas. March is all but gone. Two of my preferred mother's day out schools have already closed their entrance application windows. April is approaching and the private school offering a program for my young child will be willing to accept my money for Fall enrollment, if I act swiftly.
A private education is very costly. Specially since it won't stop at the end of high school, like mine did. The hook and bait that the local accredited schools have is that they teach one grade level ahead. Once I make the decision to go public, changing him to a premier private school should prove to be quite difficult. Perhaps impossible?
This may sound delusional, but I want the best education for the little guy. I am seriously considering enrolling him in riding lessons as soon as they will let me so as to get him playing Polo. You see, Polo players have a better chance of getting accepted in an Ivy League school than any other sports program. I have been losing sleep over this.
Should a young child, whose age is still being counted in months, be sent to school in order to adapt quickly to our educational system as well as develop the social skills necessary in order to become successful members of our society? Should I, as an eager parent, foster his independence even when I am not yet ready to let him go?
It is very safe to say that most of you are very educated, outstanding members of your communities. Many of you have children. Probably more than one. You all had to make some sort of call on your kids' education. I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.
Thank you for sharing.