Education in America: either we love it or we hate it, and for some of us, we try to find alternatives to it. Depending on where you live, as a parent you might be fully satisfied with your public school education while others are downgrading their cable packages just so they can scramble a few dollars for their children’s high school tuition fees or in some cases, home school them instead.
Either way, just like health care and maternity benefits, education is a controversial topic in our country, mostly because we are still falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to math, science, and reading comprehension. Even stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who has the means and access to send her children to the most elite schools in the world, says she would rather send her children to high school across the pond than in sunny California.
While she doesn’t mind her children getting their elementary and middle school education Stateside, she wants to head back to London when Apple and Moses are ready to hit high school. Here’s the scoop:
Gwyneth has loved living in London but America will always be home and she wants to be closer to her family. Her mother and brother live in California and she plans to spend the next couple of years in Los Angeles while her children are young enough for their education not to be affected. She misses her family terribly and now is the time to move.’
Her children have English accents and once they start senior school Gwyneth says the family will likely return to the UK because she believes that the English education system is second to none.’
Now, before we all jump on our high horses and attack Gwyneth for being un-American in this, let’s take a moment to talk about it instead, shall we? Everyone has different hopes and aspirations for their children, and if Gwyneth wants her children educated in England, I say more power to her. I myself am in a position where I don’t have too much faith in the public education system where I live (all based on the fact that the state puts too much pressure on testing and not enough on learning) and with all the money I would end up spending on private school tuition for my two kids, I would rather take that chunk and travel the world with them instead. There’s nothing wrong with giving our children alternative means of education, and if Gwyneth feels the need to do that, I say kudos to her. Her children will only benefit from the fact that they are being educated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and I don’t think there’s a parent out there who wouldn’t want that for their children, right? The more worldy and experienced our children are, the better for us all.
Thoughts, Babble readers?
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