Robby . comes from a line of public school teachers. My Mom was a teacher, I taught in the public schools, and Scott is still teaching. Education is a core value in our home and something that, as parents, Scott and I weighed greatly.
we have the utmost respect for the public school system, it became
clear that this was not the best option for our family. We anticipated
that the hardest battle was going to be convincing my staunch public
school system supporter Mom that we were not making a mistake by opting
for a private school for Robby. As it turns out, she is one of the
strongest advocates of our school choice. This is a good thing because
it feels like we have encountered legions of naysayers on the topic.
me be clear: I am not asking for permission about where we decide to
send Robby to school. We are his parents and the choice is ours. That
being said, I wanted to take the opportunity to explain our rationale in
the hopes of muting some of our many critics.
Robby has a
hearing impairment. As much as it hurts me to admit, his hearing issues
are impacting every aspect of his young life. Typically outgoing and
gregarious, in a crowd he quickly becomes disoriented and retreats. If
he isn't looking directly at us when we speak, we cannot be certain that
he has heard us. Auditory chaos causes him frustration. Simply put, he
needs a smaller and quieter learning environment than the public school
Of course we could have Robby evaluated for
Special Education services based on his hearing results, but Scott and I
both feel that being proactive about putting him in the optimal
environment for HIS learning success will thwart many issues. He has
thrived this year in his small class with the individualized instruction
from his teachers. He is happy and excited about learning. His thirst
for knowledge, coupled with his test scores, are the only confirmation
necessary that we have made the correct educational decisions for our
During the past two years we have seen Robby flourish. At
this point, until his hearing issue is corrected, we are opting to
continue with the small classroom and Montessori approach that has
yielded so much success for him. Despite what has been suggested, I
assure you that our decision to send him to the private school has
nothing to do with my perceived inability to "let him grow up," nor is
it an attempt to "continue to coddle him from the real world." As a
mother, I resent both of those accusations.
I am astounded by
how many people feel compelled to air their grievances about our
education choice for our child. He is receiving a top-notch education
and is a sweet and compassionate child. As parents we second guess most
of our decisions. However, as far as I'm concerned, this is one thing I
know we have done right!