I know it's common for the current generation to think that their parents had it easier than they did. I'm also sure that that is usually not true. However. I think it might be true in terms of educating one's children.
Today is going to be kind of a rant...fair warning.
It seems kind of idyllic in my mind - the thought of simply being able to put one's children on the neighborhood school bus and send them down the road to a decent education. To a community school where you know they will be taught what they need to know and their safety won't be at risk.
My kids' education has been such a potpourri - homeschool, christian school, charter school, traditional public school. Sheesh, it's exhausting.
One of my daughter's said to me the other day, "Mom, we are weird when it comes to school. I mean, I have a lot of friends who just start at one school and stay there until they graduate. Why don't we do that?"
Simple question. Not so simple answer.
The truth is, I sometimes wish we could just do that. But, I really, really, really, really want what is best for each of my kids and I just haven't found one school or one method of schooling that accomplishes that for all of them. Every year, we have to re-evaluate and not one year, educationally speaking, has ever looked the same in this house.
On the one hand, I'm glad I have options. On the other hand, I'm glad I have options, it's just that those options sure complicate my life.
June Cleaver just didn't know how good she had it.