I am familiar with public schools and private schools. I like them both. Are private schools "better" than public schools? Well, there are many different types of private schools. Some are for extremely bright and athletic students. Some are for bright children who need an extra push. Some are for chldren with dyslexia and other learning issues. Some are children with severe emotional and behaviorial issues. Some are performing arts schools. Some are montessori schools - no grades. Some are religious schools. The public schools attempt to educate all of our children - some of whom we send to the appropriate private school in certain cases.

I send my children to the Wayland Public Schools because it's included in my taxes and it's a darn good school system. I went to private high school and I liked it. Would I send my children to private school? Yes. I don't because it's pretty expensive (around $20-25,000 for elementary school a year) and very hard to get into. Would I send them to private high school? Maybe.

There was an article 2 or 3 years back about Philips Andover in the NYTimes. They spend something like $65,000 per student a year! The tuition isn't that high - the endowment fills in the rest. So...is Andover better than Wayland High School? Andover is better than many colleges! Many privates schools are aware of their elitist reputation. They are always trying to recruit good students who are not necessarily rich.

I don't have a child in high school yet, but I have a feeling that the education there for some is similar to some private schools. But it's not the bright, high-achieving child that represents the Wayland Public Schools - let's face it, those kids probably would do well anywhere. How does a public school educate an average student? The one who never wants to do homework?

I went to boarding school. My brother and sister did too. My mother did. Is boarding school a good thing? It can be. Am I an elitist? No.