I hear/read so many horror stories from people who have chosen (or want) to homeschool after sending their kids to public school, or have witnessed terrible things in public schools. It gets so bad sometimes, in these tales, that it's easy to wonder why anyone who cares about their kids would dare send them to public school. Easy to believe that parents of public school children must all be lazy bums who can't be bothered. And I wonder if I'm blind -- am I just not seeing the evil here? Or is our school so much different than schools across the country? My kids have attended in two different school districts, and I've been extremely pleased with both. It's been K-5th for my daughter, K-3rd for my son. Granted, both have been districts ranked "excellent" by state standards. We chose them purposely, opting to buy houses in those districts. If we lived in districts that were ranked lower, we'd either homeschool or send them to private school. I realize not everybody has that option. My point, though, is that not all public schools are horrible and that the public school system in general is not "broken." I hear tales of sex education class in 3rd grade...terrible bullying, exposure to drugs and violence, and a completely liberal atheistic mindset. I don't see that here. Last year the 4th graders saw a video on basic reproductive biology, no relationships mentioned, and it was completely optional and required parental consent. Our kids are pretty naive still, I think, though less so in our new school than the last (I prefer it that way...the last school's area was la-la land. ) Zero tolerance for violence or bullying. Very approachable, communicative teachers. Most everyone here is homogenously Christian, and while it isn't pushed, neither is it denied. I guess the reason I'm posting this is to say what I said, not all public schools are awful places. Also I'd like to hear from others about their public schools. Am I naive about our school? Am I missing something? Am I a very lucky exception? Or can we allow ourselves to feel hopeful yet about our public school system?