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May 18, 2017


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When I told our private school admissions officer that no, we would not be sending our 8th grader on to the HS because I wanted her out of "the bubble," she assured me that in the HS there would be kids from other racial groups. I said that's not the bubble I'm talking about. She found that confusing.

Friends said that they liked that bubble and hoped their kids would spend their whole lives in it. That made me sad.

Jamie, let me go on a bit further. I don't think your comments about Catholic school are unique to Catholic school, and I'm sorry that your Catholic school has become a place where affluence is the rule rather than the exception.

In my city, there are some private religious schools that do not primarily serve affluent families, but these schools are small, focus on a rather fundamentalist religious view and struggle for good staff and a reasonable number of students.

In the end we chose to send our kids to the public schools, which are excellent in our area of town and have served them really well. They are definitely not in "the bubble" and have developed a greater appreciation for the lifestyle we are able to afford, and a much, much greater understanding of how the majority of the world lives.

I am glad we made that choice. I know you struggle with how to educate your children, but from this side of the computer screen it seems that your children are succeeding in spite the issues you've had with their schools. Take heart!

I remember a coworker telling us that they didn't send their kids to the super-expensive private (non-religious) school in town because they didn't want their kids thinking that THEY are what "poor" is, because they are certainly not "the poor" -- they're solidly middle class, but would certainly be "poor" compared to the vast majority of kids at that school. Sounds like the same thing here.

We moved J from one Catholic grade school to another and definitely changed demographics as to race and socioeconomic status. I feel we fit in better at the second one, the one that is less affluent.

Not sure yet what we're going to do about high school. We've got a few years but I want to start figuring it out soon, for just these sorts of reasons.

My sister is a public high school teacher and she's encouraged us to keep our kids "in the bubble" forever. No matter where our kids go to school, they won't be the poorest or the wealthiest, but we'll keep them where the teachers have the ability to provide a moral framework for why "50 Shades of Grey" is not an acceptable poster theme.

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