I went this past Saturday to the Waldorf school we've applied to for an open house/tour type thing. Mostly I loved it but there were a couple of things that I didn't like. First, they came across VERY religious for a school which isn't designated as a religous school (dh & I are not religious and don't want our dc taught religion aside from general history if that makes any sense). I had read in one of the threads here that the word "God" had to be removed from the morning verse in the California schools (which is where I am) b/c of separation of church & state laws. That was very much not the case (we did the morning verse or something like it where that word was used in about every sentence). The other major problem is that this must be the most expensive school on the face of the planet. Okay, maybe not THAT bad, but pretty bad. For next years kindergarten (which is where we'd be at), we're looking at something like $9600 and for almost certain our dd would repeat that year since she'll only be going on 5 when she starts. Their high school tuition was in the $16,000 range! Now my dh makes a decent salary, but we are a one income family and he has a city job and we're simply not rich. How do people do it? We have 2 kids right now and I'd love to have more, but I don't know if we could even swing funding one of them WITH financial aid (which we've applied for) let alone 3 or 4! I'm really depressed b/c I had come to the conclusion after much research on Waldorf and other methods that this is the right choice for our family. Yes, some of it is a bit off for us, but we're going to have far more battles with other methods of education for sure. I had such a difficult time in public school myself and I don't want to repeat that for my kids. My dh was lucky enough to have gone to alternative public school so he already knows that that's a better style for our kids. I just don't know what to do. I've begun researching Waldorf homeschooling but I really have a hard time figuring out how I could provide them with anything close to what they'd get at the school. Plus we live in cowtown with virtually no like minded people, so I highly doubt I'd have much luck with a local support group. And even if I could, I really don't feel cut out to homeschool them and dh has even more doubts about it. I'm so sad b/c I feel like I'm just missing the opportunity to really give them a wonderful foundation. I feel like when they're older and struggling with their typical crappy public schooling I'll have to look them in the eyes and say "I'm sorry - I wanted to give you better but I just couldn't." This is really breaking my heart. I'm not exactly sure what my point of posting this is. I guess I just needed to vent and I thought you'd all understand. Thanks for listening.
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1/10/05 at 3:05pm