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Cali Living by CBHine ---- Back to school

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007, at 7:27 AM

Back to school is around the corner. While living in Kennett, I was a teacher for the Kennett school district. I've always thought of teaching as a 'calling' so to speak. Most of us certainly do not choose this profession because we want to get rich! Most choose it because they want to make a difference in the lives of school children. I certainly did. It was a way of giving back to society. My best moments were when I felt that I did make a difference in a child's life.

Teaching in a public school has its limitation when it comes to speaking freely about faith. As a public school teacher, I felt bound by the law to show my faith only in my actions, rather than using class time to share my faith to a captive group of students. Since moving to California I have been teaching in a private Christian school. I am still amazed at the difference between private schools and public schools. For example, everyday is started with a devotion and prayer based on the scripture of the week. Curriculum is taught with biblical references in all classes (even P.E.). Thursday is chapel, in which outside speakers come in to share their faith with the students and faculty. Gossip is not allowed among students OR teachers and is grounds for dismissal. Lots of parent intervention in private schools. School uniforms are required for the students. Discipline is given only in loving ways, but is firm as well. California has outlawed corporal punishment. Cussing, racial slurs, put downs, mistreatment of other students by a student or students is not tolerated. Respect is a huge issue!

One of the biggest differences between public and private schools I have noticed is that the teachers are in more of a serving type roll. Parents are paying a pretty penny to send their children to private schools. Tuition is just part of the expense. Uniforms are expensive, students are required to buy text books, and school trips are not included and are very expensive. For example, 7th graders go to a science camp for 3 days on Catalina Island, 8th graders fly to Washington D.C. for a week to take in all the historical sites, 4th graders fly to Sacramento and visit the capital for the day. Lots of extras and green stuff required!!

Just for the record, my daughter is a sophomore in public school; my son graduated this year from public high school here, but will be attending a private Christian university this fall. In both we have issues and problems, joys and heartaches, just in different areas. It's all part of the experience of life. But maybe, it's the commitment by the parents, teachers, community and school administrators to the children that make the difference……? What do you think?


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I think its too hot here in kennett...and I am ready for fall.

-- Posted by polebarnbuilder on Fri, Aug 24, 2007, at 4:22 PM

My daughter goes to public school and there are MANY times I wish she could go to a private school, but the cost is just beyond our grasp. So, with a lot of prayer and strength from God, I hope to get her successfully through public school. It just seems sometimes the world rubs off on her more than she rubs off on them; but she's a trooper and is dedicated at this point to standing up for her beliefs. I sometimes feel like I fight all school year to try and maintain sanity and reason with my child; especially in trying to explain to her why adults and children behave the way they do sometimes despite what we've tried so hard to instill into her; then I spend the summer months salvaging what the school year destroyed, only to have the cycle start again. Yes, parents, the community and how they respond is certainly the key to a successful school year regardless what school. I do commend teachers; regardless of where they teach. It is truly a job I don't believe I would ever have patience for; but, I wish our public schools could be more like a christian/private school where prayer was welcome to start the day; where the Word of God was incorporated into education and where you weren't the minority for believing in God and proclaiming such. Children need to be taught a message of hope; because so many of them get no encouragement at home and then our teachers aren't allowed to offer faith to them without losing their jobs. I pray that parents and communities will begin to take a more active role in the childrens education and discipline; but I fear it's going to get worse, not better.

-- Posted by concerned on Thu, Aug 30, 2007, at 1:19 PM

My nieces both went to a private school in the OC. My sister is not happy with the SOCA public schools as they are today. I graduated from EDHS and loved every minute of it, however that was back when taxes were low, gas wars on every corner and we could SAFELY walk to school.

-- Posted by myheart on Sat, Sep 1, 2007, at 11:04 AM


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