Send Your Kid to Private School? You Suck
Only the morally bankrupt do it, Allison Benedikt argues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
Suck it up and send your kid to a school with these.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Do you send your kids to private school? Then congratulations: "You are a bad person," Allison Benedikt argues in Slate. "Not bad like murder bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So pretty bad." Her reasoning is simple: if everyone were invested in public schools—and not just monetarily invested, "but real flesh-and-blood-offspring" invested—they would get better. Involved parents can make a huge difference. Yes, your kid may not get as excellent an education. "Take a deep breath and live with that."

"If you can afford private school," even just barely, "chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine at a crappy public school." They have support at home, and a family with resources—"the exact kind of family that can help your crappy public school become less crappy." You want a fostering creative environment, small class sizes, individual student attention? So do the poor people down the street. "Send your kids to school with their kids," and then fight to make that school better. Click for Benedikt's full column.

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James Bro
Mar 24, 2014 3:21 PM CDT
If you love your kids keep them out of public schools.
NorCalHal
Sep 10, 2013 10:09 PM CDT
With logic like this, I suspect that Allison Benedikt was a product of public education...
toryd
Aug 31, 2013 11:06 PM CDT
We chose a private Christian school for our kids, for various reasons. No. 1, for the opportunity to learn the Bible all the way along (they recite Bible verses in kindergarten); No. 2, for a tougher, better education (any kid we know who has attended both the Christian school and public school says that public school is so EASY!); No. 3, because the private school is safer than public schools; no one selling drugs, no one beating you up for no reason, etc. The private school does not tolerate swearing, talking back to teachers, drugs, stealing, fighting, etc., things that I read in our local paper go on to a great degree in public schools. Uniforms are also required at the private school, so no clothes competition. We do not get any kind of tax break for choosing private school, even though, since our kids don't attend public school, this has created room for more kids in the public schools. We do not complain, because it is our choice. We know many, many parents who make many sacrifices to be able to afford private school because they feel it is better for their kids, and some parents who would not make those same sacrifices for their kids. When it came time to choose college, our boy chose a private U, but not a Christian one. By that age, a kid's moral standards are set, and it is then time to go out and see what the secular world is like, after being pretty well protected for 13 years (K-12). So shut up, Allison, we are still a free country.