All of us have schooling. Some of us public, some private, some home schooling. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. But because of points I've heard over the last month or so, I'd like to clarify a few things.
First: I work as a Special Education aide, and I can promise you that the kids I work with are going to make something of themselves someday. Just because they're a little different than you does not make them hopeless or stupid. I still can't believe that people can say that kind of stuff to my face. I mean, really? I know it takes a certain kind of patience to help them, but... saying they're never going to amount to anything just because they're in Special Ed... tell that to the amazing engineers whose minds fall on the Autism spectrum. It is really tough, being a teacher, but it's so worth it.
Second: Most teachers are teachers because they love it--there are plenty of higher-paying jobs out there. All of the teachers that I see and speak with on a regular basis love the children they work with, and want them to succeed as much as their parents do. We are all ashamed and horrified when we hear about a teacher hitting a child or writing 'stupid' on their forehead. I can name so many good teachers who have had a major positive influence on my life--amazing, inspiring people like my AP English teacher.
Third: I went to public school. Yeah, it has its flaws, and there are rare circumstances where horrible things happen. Bullying can be a problem. My own brother had to deal with it physically, and I had to deal with it emotionally. But it's not as bad as it sounds. Most of us come out unscathed, even us bullied ones. Not everyone in the world of high school is as dramatic as they portray on TV. In fact, the normal stereotypes about jocks and cheerleaders were pretty much nonexistent at my school, and nerds and art/music/drama students were really supported, not torn down. :)
PS. I want to hear your stories and thoughts, too. Similar to mine? Or maybe you'd like to speak about homeschooling or private school? (Honestly, I'd love hearing about those experiences, since I haven't ever been a part of either of them.) But please, speak from experience--don't just feed me news articles. Thanks.