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    Posted November 8, 2010 by
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The search for good schools

    Paying for a Good Education


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     'A good education is so important for each individual child as well as the future of our country,' said meg515, who spends $1300 a month to enroll her children in a local private school. 'We need to prepare our children for to succeed in this global economy by providing them with a rich educational foundation.'
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    Finding a good school for our two children has been a very stressful experience and the subject of many debates within our home.

    The public schools in our neighborhood are not up to par with my expectations of what a good school should be – a learning-focused environment that challenges children to be all that they can be, fosters independent thinking, requires that that they actually learn the material instead of using a crutch (our local schools allow calculators in first grade – when they are learning addition and subtraction!  Shouldn’t memorization of basic skills be a requirement?)  They also believe in something called "creative spelling"; they think it hinders a child's creativity to correct spelling mistakes.  Tell that to them when they are 25 and can't write a resume.

    My husband and I have bitten the bullet and placed our first and second graders in a private Baptist school.  The $1300 per month tuition is hurting us financially, but we are sticking it out for now because their academic program is excellent. Our children have shown they have better understanding in math, history and science than my friends’ fourth and fifth graders, so I figure we must be doing the right thing and that consoles me when I have to write the tuition check every month.  While we will not keep them in this school indefinitely, they are receiving the solid foundation I so much want them to have.

    This coming year we will be applying the children to two charter schools – there are 50 available slots ateach school and 3,000 children will apply.  I am not holding my breath that we will be accepted, and if we aren’t we will consider moving to a more expensive neighborhood with better public schools – we need to start saving for college.

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