How much does a good school matter?
September 4, 2014 3:05 PM Subscribe
Please help me think about whether it is worth moving to a better school district.
posted by anonymous to Education (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I live in DC, and have a young daughter. We are considering having another child, as well. Our local school does not perform particularly well. My family has the ability to move to any one of several much better school districts in VA and MD, but I'm not sure the sacrifices that would be required are worth it. I'm not even sure if it's morally permissible.
So: how much does a good school matter?
My daughter (and her potential sibling) will have plenty of access to extracurricular enrichment, but she's still going to spend forty hours a week, thirty-six weeks a year with these teachers and students; that's going to have a big effect, even just in terms of cohorts and friends, right? How much better will her experience be at a highly ranked close-in suburban school like the ones in Takoma Park, Kensington, Bethesda, or Fairfax?
Then, too: is it morally wrong to abandon a bad school, especially if the students who stay will be predominantly non-white? Would staying help? Would staying hurt (perhaps by contributing to gentrification)?
I'm seeking personal experiences and evaluations, but I'd also be happy to be linked to relevant research and analysis.