Choosing the right school for your child is one that every single parent agonizes over. In many areas you have zero choice but in the inner cities particularly from the early years there are a slew of choices.
When we moved back to the city with our kids then 8, 6 and 3 we went to see several schools. We live downtown and although we know many who have chosen to send their kids to uptown schools that wasn’t something that interested us. What was the most important was the schools whole gestalt. It was the values of the school that were so important to us as we knew that we could always supplement other areas with a tutor to understand calculus better.
Our niece, who happens to be a teacher at LREI where our kids went to school posted this picture on Instagram this week. These are the signs that the middle schoolers made to walk around Washington Square Park the day of the election. Particularly in the times we live in now this hit us both right between the eyes. The kids at LREI are growing up with a community that cares about the issues that many (unfortunately) are not embracive of. The school is a mixture of every walk of life from black to white to muslim to jew to gay to transgender to mixed race. They believe we are all equal regardless of our race, income or religion. Those values is what we loved about the school.
There were times when all of our kids had frustration with the school but looking back on the philosophy that they teach has bled into our kids in a way that makes them better adults. I saw that photo on Instagram and just smiled. It is too bad that all children aren’t taught to speak their minds, think about big picture ideals that make an impact in our world and be open to everyone regardless of where they come from or what they believe in. If they did then perhaps we wouldn’t be living in the times that we are living in now of anger, hate, disdain and prejudice.