Following a few recent articles about Farmington School District’s survey for families who opt to keep their children from attending school in ISD 192, I requested the raw sanitized survey data to take a peek at the results myself. While the results are not statistically significant, the thought process behind the 38 respondents speak volumes about why some families choose to send their children to schools outside of their home district and beg the question, “why?”
First some background based on the responses provided by those surveyed. Nearly 50% of the respondents live in Farmington and they have been living there between 6 and 10 years. The majority of these families have elementary aged children and half either currently attend or have attended classes within ISD 192 in the past. Nearly 33% of these people get their information about the district from sources other than newspapers, others they know who have children, district communications, or TV and the majority of the respondents (~66%) have utilized other education programs provided by the district.
As someone who is a new father and has been slowly planning for his son’s eventual entry into the local school district (supposedly one of the best in the state yet scoring far below what my wife and I deem acceptable based on our own schooling out of state) I am quite interested in the decision making processes which other parents may have worked out when their children became of school age.
Aside from the obvious issues that some of the parents responding to the survey had with their belief that ISD 192’s curriculum interfered with their religious beliefs/teachings, some of the comments left in the open ended questions echoed much of my own complaints about ISD 192. Take for instance this one:
ISD 192 simply places too much emphasis on facilities instead of education. Nice buildings do not make for a quality education any more than nice gyms make for a quality basketball program. Case in point: Our son’s school has one wood floor for grades 7-12 and still manages to teach physical education. For some reason, you need five gyms to do the same thing. Our son’s school also has multiple state championships in basketball with one gym. District 192 has close to twenty wood floor basketball courts and has yet to produce any. The point is: We’d rather have great teachers and coaches with subpar facilities than subpar teachers and coaches with great facilities.
It is clear that this particular parent does not align well with the parents I met on my own tour of ISD 192’s newest facilities at the $100 million shrine to Tiger sports who all seemed to feel that the most important part of the tour was the football stadium.
There are plenty of other examples that you can read in the spreadsheet linked above but what I’m mostly interested in are you own thoughts on how you came to a decision on where your children attend/will attend school. Did you just have them go to whatever school was available by default based on where you lived or did you move into an area specifically because you were fond of the particular district which served that area? Do you live in one district and have your children enrolled either in private or public school elsewhere? If so, what made you choose that option? Whatever you have to say about making the decision to enroll your child in school where they are or where they will eventually be go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.