I have noticed that many of the above have children in private or alternative type schools - which makes me wonder if your answers would be the same if your only options were your local public school. Of course, if you are wealthy in first place - your local public school may not be that bad.
It is interesting (and I hope not too OT) that a criticism often levelled at HSing is that is often for those of privilege.
Not one person has said here that they would HS if they had all they needed - yet I know there have been threads on the HSing forum where people admit they would try school if there was an awesome school nearby.
I am speculating as I write that there are 3 levels at play here:
1. have to pick local school (for good or for bad)
2. Has the resources to HS or pick local school
3. Has the resources to pick local school, HS or private school.
I bet satisfaction goes up as choice goes up.
It may be and we're trying the local public next year so we'll see - but we have a lot of great choices in our neighbourhood and I think it's likely to work out. In other words I agree with...
Parents in my city are lucky to have so many choices. I don't know anyone who takes it for granted though; everyone I know is very grateful. We all know there isn't such a variety available everywhere.
Choice can create problems for parents and students though. There is a streak of perfectionism at work. Many parents want to find the perfect educational environment for their children. It's understandable and hey, I've gone through the process myself. It becomes very stressful for families as they try to work out the "best" choice, rather than focusing on just finding a good fit. The "best" choice is supposed to be perfect from the get-go. It sets everyone up for disappointment when they realize there are still issues to be worked out. A good educational fit is a little like a good dress - it will look and feel great, but may still need a little adjustment or some accessorizing. I think that's true whether the choice is traditional school, alternative school or independent learning outside of school.
I think this is true and part of what I've enjoyed learning so far is that it doesn't have to be perfect to be good. In fact, some of the "imperfections" have worked out the best.
But I'll check in this time next year. :)
And P.S. - we're not wealthy. We're two-income but there's no way we could afford two private school tuitions; our kids being 5 years apart (the next is due in Feb) has helped with the early daycare/education piece.