If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have pulled my children out of the ridiculous school 1/2 block from our house and I am sending them to a public school a few miles down the road in The Metropolis.
The public school is a breath of fresh air. The teachers are kind and loving. The Principal is awesome. The small school has a "children are little people too" kind of feel to it. My kids are really enjoying it!
And if you have been reading my blog for a while, you also know that I live in Way Down In Mayberry. It has its pros and cons, but one thing you can't deny is that it is a "Fancy Smancy" neighborhood. Most of our states population could not afford to buy a home and live in Mayberry.
Many parents come up and talk to me asking about our little public school down the hill. They want other choices besides the Mayberry school because they have either A. heard nightmare stories about it or B. don't want to send their children to a gestapo. I always have great things to say about our public school and encourage them to make a visit and spend some time talking with the Principal. What amazes me.....what truly drops my jaw to the ground and leaves me absolutely speechless, is how many Mayberry residents actually tell me that "they really would consider the public school if the demographics of the school weren't so poor." In other words, they don't want their kids being friendly or hanging out around poor kids or possibly (gasp!), children of another color.
I'm not sure why people think that it's okay to say things like this out loud. In our lilly-white neighborhood full of doctors and lawyers and more CCR's than you could possibly count, I'm getting the impression that some people think that unless you have adopted a baby from China, there really is no need to have a lot of mixed races going on. What makes people think that because they have money that they can ignore diversity and look down upon people that have less than they do.
I literally feel sick to my stomach today.