Private vs Public School
by an NLD adult who is also a public school teacher
I went to private school from K-4, and it made a world of difference. Not only did I have small class sizes (10 or less), but we also had "frills" classes like art and music.
I think that public schools do their best, but they
have limited resources for everything that needs to be done. As a teacher, I know that I
have tons of grading, planning, paperwork, and meetings. Then I have teaching, contacting
parents, and shopping for school supplies (which I pay for out of pocket). Then I have 30
+ kids per class, many
of whom come from dysfunctional homes and need a tremendous amount of support to learn even the simplest skill.
I certainly do what I can for my special ed inclusion
students, but I know that it's not enough. I just get frustrated because the schools
expect us to do so much with so little help. I think that private schools are ideal
because they have the resources to give kids what they deserve. If you can afford private
school, go for it. But, if you can't, try to understand that your child's teachers
aren't your enemies. They're just human beings who feel pretty overwhelmed
sometimes. I bet if you offer to help in the classroom or volunteer time or supplies that
your child's teachers will
be more willing to go the extra mile for your child.
Well...just a thought from someone who's experienced both sides of the issue. Good luck with your daughter's education!