So the boy got into Hogwarts. Which is what I’ll be calling it from now on.
He actually had to do the preschooler equivalent of an interview today, which was basically just my wife dropping him off for a couple of hours and them making sure he didn’t try to stab anyone. I suspect the actual interview part of the interview was with us, not with him. But at any rate: he’s in. Next year my son will be attending a private school, nay, a private academy, that will cost me $car his first year and $muchnicercar every year after that. And my salary is about to drop. Rather substantially.
On the one hand: like every parent, I want my son to get the best education I can provide him, and I’m willing to work harder to provide him with a better education. On the other hand, I’ve spent almost my entire career in public schools– hell, I’ve spent almost my entire life in public schools– and working in them while refusing to send my son to one seems just a wee bit hypocritical.
The more advantages I can provide him with now, the more likely he is to land on his feet as an adult. On the other hand, the first time he starts acting like he’s more special than the people who don’t get to go to schools like his I’mma slap him.
I’m not looking forward to the day where he finds out he’s one of the poor kids, and I’m even less looking forward to the day where I have to convince him he has no goddamn idea what poverty is.
There are not nearly enough children of color in his classes, and I don’t know that there’s more than one or two people of color on the staff.
They don’t do any standardized testing. Well, okay, there’s one test in middle school. But they pick it themselves and use the data for their own purposes, and it’s not the ISTEP. No IREAD. No second and third grade nearly entirely wasted on testing.
I’m not conflicted enough to even consider not sending him to this place, mind you. We can definitely afford it next year. The year after that… we’ll see. It’ll depend on an awful lot of things.
Until then? I think I probably need to spend more time writing books. And maybe jobhunting. We’ll see.