Education for the little people

So it’s come to that time of my life when schools determine where I should live rather than a cool cafe or the economics of home ownership. I’m willing to rent in an area that is good for my kids. I don’t see a stigma. As long as there is a roof over our heads, I could not care less who owns that particular piece of God’s Own Earth. This does not mean I haven’t made wise investment choices or don’t save… I’ve done both and yet I choose to rent.

Now, that was just one decision. Having chosen a good area, with a few options for schools. I now have to choose which of the three local schools I should send my kids to.

I am spoilt for choice in that they all seem like good schools. One is a school that is over a hundred years old and has architecture to match and that architecture is heritage listed. I think there is something about being Indian and heritage that sort of just lends itself to being together. we like our old buildings. Let’s look past the fact that we can’t afford to or we just don’t take care of them like we should but we’ve lived in the shadows of forts and palaces that are centuries old and therefore, we like it.

The other option is the Catholic school. Having left The Faith for many years, I find myself returning to it in small ways. It’s tough to be a Catholic in today’s world, especially in the Western world where life is so good that God really takes a back seat. I mean when the Sun is shining on that perfect bottle of wine and it looks like things are not going to change any time soon, do we really need to consider how it got to be there?

So, for that reason, I find myself leaning towards the Catholic School option and I would like my children to know the God’s prayer and the Apostles’ Creed and go to Mass occasionally. I also like the sense of community that come with being part of a church community, however antiquated that seems. It’s also a reflection on the kind of area that I have moved to.

The third being the Private option. Now this is really not an option because I should have put down my name on the list when Baby I was a zygot. So, not being one for the rat race, suffice to say that I have not done it and it does not look like it’s an option for Babys at the moment. Future is another thing altogether.

So that is how it stands. I like the public school because it’s that and I’d like to think that going to the local school wit the local kids who live locally, has it’s own charm. I am not very much in favour of the private school for this reason. Most of the kids are “bussed” in from everywhere and meeting up at the park for a quick play may not be an option. Forget about sleep overs and the like.

However, I hear a lot of good things about the Catholic school. Maybe I’ll go down that way eventually.

Meanwhile I’m doing research on the schooling system in Australia so I can get a good grasp of what the issues are. I’m like that. I like to research solely for the purpose of researching.


2 responses to “Education for the little people

  1. Just came across this post. It’s so compelling that I can’t stop responding. Especially so because I myself am going through the travails of determining which school I should put my son in.
    Trust me, where I live there is absolutely no luxury of picking the school of your choice i.e. if one has a little perspective about what one wants for his/her child as “education.”
    The whole process can be arduous and tortuous for the parents and the child. Every school plays by its own rules.
    Inane questions for parents, which boils down to how much you earn and how much you can pay.
    Talk about the child, it’s all about how much he has learnt by rote in the four years of his existence.
    But that’s beside the point.
    After all the research, I zeroed in on a Jesuit school. (It’s a different question whether the school has zeroed us or not)
    Ever since, I’m left wondering why is it that howmuch ever I try to disown and disassociate myslef from my Catholic/religious identity, it sticks out in the many choices in my life!
    The question that comes back to my mind is how deeprooted is my religious parenting?

  2. Thanks for your comment and good luck with your school choices.

    I find that religious parenting can have a significant influence later on in life. Even if one tries to disown it, unless it’s a well-thought out choice to leave it, we will always come back to it.

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