In recent weeks, as more people meet you, your mother and I have been asked which school we will be sending you to. When we said we had no idea and we had not looked into it, we received looks ranging from nonchalance to amusement to, more often than not, some combination of shock and concern because apparently you’re supposed to put your kid’s name down for (private) schools shortly after they’re born! If we wait too long then the slots fill up and we’ll be “forcing Milo to fend for himself at a public school where there’ll be drugs, f-bombs, and knives.” (I think our friend was being serious when she said that).
Now, our dinner conversations have gone from mundane topics like my day at work to the even more mundane topic of your education. Yes, it is still three years away. So yes, we’ve become one those those couples.
But how bad has it really gotten? Well, aside from becoming the topic du jour, our internet time is also now used to read about schools instead of ESPN or gossip sites, and I hear the occasional comment from your mother while she’s perusing baby magazines in the bathroom. So it’s not that bad.
Your mother and I are lucky that we have a similar philosophy towards education (we aren’t into rankings though we use them as indicators, and we definitely don’t want you in a stuffy environment) because I could imagine that being a divisive and argument-ridden topic! That being said, I think your mother tends to favor the more…progressive schools I will say – vegetarian boarding schools, forest schools, etc.
While we might not get in any arguments about where to get your education, I’m sure this is a topic that won’t be going away any time soon. Good luck.