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  •  My story is the same as yours -- (7+ / 0-)

    not in Hawaii, but also bucking the trend of my milieu by sending kids to public school, by choice.

    There is so much class panic around this issue, it's amazing. It's like people are so afraid of losing status they can't see straight, can't see what's right in front of their eyes.

    In my case, we sent our gifted (literally) child not just to public school but to "the black school" (not even majority black but that's how things get categorized where I live) and found that every teacher we came into contact with was passionate about his or her subject matter, and committed to his or her students. I look at my friends with kids in private school and think they are absolute suckers.

    •  Yep (7+ / 0-)

      class panic was a significant factor in the peer group argument against public schools that we received from various parties. As it happened, our kid chose close friends from an extra-curricular activity group rather than school -- and they went to another public high school in the city.

      Our experience with the quality of public school teaching was also good. Sure, there were a few mediocre teachers, but there were so many good ones -- all the way through.

      •  I did something similar (2+ / 0-)
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        wahineslc, mrkvica

        I live in what is now an excellent district but 12 years ago it was a different story.  There were two excellent schools and that was pretty much it.  One you had absolutely had to be zoned for and the other you could attend if your child tested into the gifted program.  My child did get accepted but I chose a progressive hands on magent school for him that served children of doctors and children from the projects.  The schools in my district improved through political pressure and committed parents.

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