Yesterday, a young child of a family we know over heard a discussion about the recent election and the various rhetoric about immigration and minority groups.
This child (quite young and part of one of the groups being discussed) interpreted this conversation to be that *they* are at risk of being sent away. As a result, the precious and wonderful child decided to work on a way to downplay their cultural identity – to hide it.
If only those discussing the current political climate were trained more carefully to consider the affects of their words they would have caught themselves instead of frightening this young child. How long will this child hold this viewpoint? Is this repairable?
This is not a political post. And it is possible (and indeed likely) those discussing the election didn’t realize the affect this kind of discussion might have on nearby children.
Private schools are not under the separation of church and state framework appropriately enforced at public schools. This frees them to provide a religious education, focus on morality and, often with a smaller class sizes, more easily reach out to children who need course correction as they learn about empathy.
An intentional morale framework is the main benefit and purpose of a private education in my opinion. The lack of that kind of training become all too apparent – and damaging – in times of turmoil.
There are many schools with different spiritual and morale frameworks. If a private education is of interest to you, select the one that resonates with you and your family and support them. The first step will be sending your child to that school.
Last month the Washington Post reported that D.C. has more high-performing charter schools than ever.
A benefit of private schools is the ability to select a school that matches your child’s needs and your value system and for the school to do the same. And a charter system is an excellent alternative to fee based private school. It has many of the advantages; open competition, selection
Old School House Sign – Source: Wiki Commons
and flexibility for the teachers and administrators.
If you find you can’t afford a private school consider getting in the lottery for a charter school education instead.
On Tuesday November 8th, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States by winning the required electoral college votes with a separation of only 112,000 votes.
It was a contentious election cycle with harsh words and harsher accusations flung by all parties.
Despite which side you were in favor of it is clear that the election was close, complex and nuanced.
Thomas Jefferson once said that “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”
An educated citizen starts with the education of children where a diversity of thought and training only enriches the discourse. Your job, with the help of others, to educate your children.
If you are considering, or already sending, your children to private school – great job! On paying for private school we discuss motivations, financial approaches and the down sides of electing to send your child to a private school.
By Ali Zifan, via Wikimedia Commons