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Originally Posted by lisalou
This thread has gone on for almost 6 months now and had kind of taken on another life of its own. If you really wanted just arguments for why not to send your child to preschool the Education at Home forum would have been a better place for this. Putting it on the general parenting board is going to cause parents who send their kids to preschool to feel kind of hurt that these nightmare scenarios are being promoted about parents who send their kids to preschool and the preschools themselves.
I think some of us who have responded don't believe that that preschool is never right or preschool is always right. I think they just get a little incensed at seeing gross generalizations used to support a decision that aren't actually true. The preschool that we want to send our daughter to is nothing like the preschools you describe. In fact none of the 4 we've looked at are like that. All of us I think have been supportive of the fact that you and your child don't feel like preschool was a good idea for you. And frankly that should be all of the justification any parent needs.
Jen, former attorney and now SAHM to 11 yo ds and 8 yo ds
Originally Posted by jkpmomtoboys
I agree that's a gross generalization. Maybe that's true for your kids but it hasn't been true for mine. I don't think our 4 hour a week preschool has ever taught our kids anything like that. They've learned empathy, kindness, respect for alternative authority figures, etc...
My oldest is now in a Sudbury-like public school that encourages independent thought and respect.
So again, scare tactics are fun but really far from the reality around here...
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