I am really frustrated. My kids are all bright (have not been tested) and I feel like I have no options for them to get a good education.
Ds1 was in 1st grade in PS and we pulled him out in frustration b/c of a lack of accommodations for gifted students - basically just 1 pull-out enrichment class each week, and then the attitude of "it will all even out by 3rd grade anyway."
We have been HSing since then, but it is not working out well, partly b/c of the fact that I have so many kids and responsibilities, and partly b/c he is social and artistic and I worry about not meeting these needs myself b/c of the nature of HSing.
We have visited some lovely private schools, but are looking at a minimum of $2000+ per month (with scholarships) once they are all in school, up to $4000 or more per month. We cannot afford this.
I am angry at myself for my naive idea that being rich doesn't matter, and that we could have a large number of children b/c school is free, and choosing a career so that our family could be together, rather than sticking with a high-pressure, high-pay career. (We own a natural family store together and work together and our kids can come to work and we can prioritize family time, but this means that neither dh nor I earn what we could at two other jobs.) I wish I had known how much I would want to give to my kids, and how much it would cost, and how our society really is set up in two parts (the rich, and everyone else.)
So yeah - WWYD? Send them to PS, knowing that they will not be getting the great education they could be getting, but our family could continue to be together? Send him to a great private school, even if it means dh would need get two more jobs to pay for it and we would never see him? Or continue to try to HS, which is not working?