Also, we qualified for antipoverty funding. Colleges came to recruit us. They took us on trips to visit elite campuses. I saw the ballet, plays, opera, and ballet through public school. We had a French teacher who was a Fulbright Scholar. He took us the Cloisters Museum in NY after spending weeks teaching us Romanesque and Gothic architecture. He had great difficulty making us leave. I saw the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center. The choir sang with wife beater t-shirts on and sunglasses. The audience was violent in exalation and then the costume designer was called. I will never get over the booing.
Public school has served as a partial brake on class structure in America.
If I were homeschooled, I would never had African-American, Jewish, or Latino friends or teachers.
I would prob. get 300 on the SATS.
There was a host of medical services through the schools. What parent has so many skills to teach?
Public school makes us adaptable. It makes us good citizens. This is strange b/c I still tear up about the wreck my education was. Well, I have a huge item to add to my gratitude list.
I would home school my kids before sending them into a school where knives and guns were found as students entered. Both sets of parents worked to keep the school closed until a solution was reached. This was heresy to my father. Children must obey their parents. I was driven to the school after the police declared a riot. The vice-principal and the police were searching every student entering. Only about 30 students came to school. My parents said a huge, violent struggle over a knife when the boy in front of me entered. They pulled away, leaving me shaking with immense fear. One of my teachers screamed at me what was I doing at school? I said it was not my fault. I had no choice. He consoled me.
Hey, I may not be adept at math or science but I do have street smarts. A very important skill when you live in NY/