Public School Teachers Send Their Children to Private Schools

Wow I just read an article written by Larry Elder, which was published on October 17, 2013 in Investor’s Business Daily a highly respected investment newspaper. Mr Elder asks the question; what is it telling us if public school teachers are more likely to send their children to private schools than the average citizen? What an embarrassing fact for the teacher’s unions and school districts, who constantly tell parents they are not doing enough personally or with their tax dollars to promote their children’s education. This exodus from public schools is led by teachers in urban settings such as Cincinnati, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. The percentage of public school teachers sending their children to private schools ranges from 44% in Philadelphia to 25% in Los Angeles with the other cities mentioned falling within these two figures. Compare this figure to the 11% of all parents nationwide sending their children to private schools whether they live in an urban or rural setting. This change is not sudden either but has been documented to have been growing over the past two decades.

How about our governmental leaders? 37% of the members of the House of Representatives send their children to private schools and 45% of Senate members follow suit. When asked why they use private schools, the overwheming answer by public school teachers and our nation’s leaders is that they are seeking the best education for their children. As a homeschooling mother of four children, I agree whole heartedly with seeking the best education for my children and preserving the right for all citizens to do so. Wouldn’t it be great to have homeschooling recognized for the outstanding learning and family building experience it truly can be? My family firmly feels that homeschooling has given our children the opportunity to grow and learn in an environment that promotes self-confidence and creativity; two things that build productivie members of society no matter what career path they pursue. Congratulations to all of the self-learners in the world; never stop learning, growing and encouraging others to experience this way of life.

 

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