We’ve all been reading a lot about the cost of education. Is college worth the money? Why is it so expensive? But I haven’t heard nearly as much on the debate about primary and secondary education. Is the cost of private school worth it, especially when the public education just isn’t up to par? Living in DC has been, no pun intended, an education.
I was very fortunate in growing up in a liberal, wealthy college town. Boulder public schools are excellent, so there was never really a question about public vs. private. Unless you were a kid with special needs, pretty much everyone attended public school. Not the case in DC. In fact, the lack of affordable elementary education has created a city with virtually no middle class. If you are a family of average income and your child reaches the age of 5, chances are you are headed out to Arlington, Bethesda, or another suburb in Virginia or Maryland to look for a good public school system. But obviously someone is occupying those lovely row houses in Dupont and Georgetown, so where do they send their kids? Well, as 25% of American schools are now private, there’s your answer. If you live in DC and have money, your kids go to a private school.
I recently started working in one. Continue reading