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  •  Agree that public school can expose kids... (3+ / 0-)

    to other kids in particular they might not otherwise meet.

    But it does so in what IMO is such an unnatural environment of age segregation and dis-empowerment that makes those relationships often "us and them" and dysfunctional rather than real respectful peer interactions of "only us".

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles

    by leftyparent on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 11:46:09 AM PDT

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    •  For some kids (3+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal, rosabw, earicicle

      public school is the only time they meet people who are not part of the group they belong to.  It was not dysfunctional for my son to have a Chinese friend, and a friend with gay parents, and a biracial Black/Mexican friend, and a Jewish friend.  One of his friends had a mother in the Episcopalian Seminary, and another friend's parent was militantly agnostic. Most of the kids came from middle class educated families, but one of the best friends for a time was an undocumented Mexican boy whose dad was arrested. It was through school that we became acquainted with an Indian family and went to the Hindu temple for the festival of Holi.  It is too easy to discount the value of a public school experience that takes all comers.  This is not something that is learned on-line.

      We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have. (Margaret Mead)

      by bruised toes on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 12:13:38 PM PDT

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