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Why Iā€™m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent - The Atlantic

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How is this practically-speaking different from "I want to make a public school salary but want my own child to actually love learning, which she obviously will not do in public school"?

Not that there's anything wrong with that, by the way. No individual child can be held responsible for changing the culture of a public school. But it can't be denied that a tragedy of the commons is almost guaranteed to happen if the parents of ALL the students who might potentially love learning decide to bail.

Maybe I'm feeling a little bit sentimental about this topic today because I recently saw a very inspiring short piece about a super-duper smart immigrant student who obviously loves learning -- and has channeled her energy into a peer tutoring program at her school. She has PERSONALLY tutored half of her school, and has helped so many other kids love the benefits of school! Meet my hero of the week:

Wow, that immigrant student is inspiring!

Unfortunately the public teacher / private parent is rational but it's sad that the culture of public education drives away good kids.Ā 

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