Mommy Blog Expert: Public vs Private School Options - The Debate Goes On for Parents Struggling to Educate Our Kids

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Public vs Private School Options - The Debate Goes On for Parents Struggling to Educate Our Kids


CNN Parenting Story published today featuring interview with Janis Brett Elspas

How do you feel about educating your children K-12? Do you sense that others project favorable or negative judgements upon you depending on whether you choose a public, private, charter or homeschool option for your child? For sure, as a mom of four born within a year who are all now teenagers (including triplets) I've lost a lot of sleep mulling the issues over about the best thing to do. In fact at various points in my own family's upbringing all of my kids have experienced various combinations of public, private and homeschool educations.

Me w/ hubby and our 4 teens,
Based on all my carpool chats with other moms over the years, I'm not alone in how much thoughts of properly educating a child can plague a parent. I'd even go so far as to say that there are probably few moms or dads who haven't struggled at one time or another with that difficult quandry. And -- gasp -- I've got a feeling I have plenty of company when it comes to enduring the social consequences and drama within the household and among family, friends and community that often result from not doing what the Jones family next door is doing. Simply put, when it comes to how to school (or unschool) your child there are so many different opinions and ways to go about it. One size does not fit all.

We parents are in this boat together. So, I think you'll appreciate this balanced story by mom and CNN Parents correspondent Kelly Wallace published today on

Public vs. Private School: What's With All The Judging?  features interviews and a wide range of thoughts, pros and cons on the topic by Academy Award Winning screenwriter (Goodwill Hunting), actor and real-life dad Matt Damon, along with mom bloggers such as me here at MommyBlogExpert; my friends Leila Davidson and Rebecca Levy; and several other parent bloggers who contributed their insights to this story.

As one parent to another, I encourage you to take a look at Kelly's well-written and thought-provoking piece. I know this is definitely a story I want to forward to all my own friends and family with kids because educating the next generation is so important. 

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I'd also love for you to share your thoughts on this often volatile conversation here on MBE by leaving a comment below. I look forward to engaging with you and discussing the public vs. private school issues some more.

FTC Disclosure:  Janis Brett Elspas was interviewed as a mom and parent expert for the story mentioned in this post. However no payment or other compensation was exchanged in connection with either story. Opinions on MommyBlogExpert are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's home page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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