Lately, there has been a bit of turmoil surrounding our son’s school, not only for Trevor, but for many of the families we know. At the heart of the problem is that Oregon does not have a sales tax, which means less money to fund public schools, resulting in our lovely state ranking towards the top of the list for large classroom sizes (not good for kids or teachers!). This has led many, us included, to seek refuge in private schools.
Our last option was a unique private/public mix, that on the surface seemed to work, but for many reasons failed to produce the type of education we are seeking for our son. Our present option is fully private, but also a bit of an experiment because this is the first year the school has added a 3rd/4th grade blend. For years, their focus has been on educating younger kids, which they know how to do brilliantly. But I know they are suffering growing pains, as expanding a school is not so easy.
While we love many aspects of Oregon, I can say we are quite frustrated with how challenging securing a solid education for our son has been. Every year brings new instabilities that lead to our questioning what we should do next. We are neurotic about this topic to say the least (Yes, we admit it!), but comforted in knowing we are not alone. Many parents we know are scrambling to fill out applications to move their kids because they are not happy with their present situation.
It’s very sad that something so critical to all our future – education – really is so hard for so many. The entire process starting with preschool has felt far more stressful than when I applied to colleges! It should not be this way and our society needs to figure this one out, the sooner the better for all of us.