until now, I haven't bothered learning enough about public education to know what to look for in public schools. but, now that I am a father and may be moving in the near future, I want to know what to think of the whole topic. looking especially for opinions of parents and any educators here.I don't even have a clear sense of what good education is. (though I do know there's no consensus on it). I know there are a few things I want to avoid: obviously no veiled creationism or "climate skeptic" propaganda, and no christian sermons during sex ed. also, obviously, I don't want a school where the teachers are idiots who don't understand their own subject matter and/or can't explain things to save their lives. .... I think I want schools that are "ranked" or "rated" highly, though I'm not sure, because I don't know what any ratings or rankings are based on and whether it really makes sense to go by all that.what should I look for in a public school?
what constitutes "good" education?
what metrics or resources are good to rely on for judging schools? and why?
are there any rude awakenings or surprise issues that come with choosing schools that you wish you were warned about of time?
are private schools better? are they worth the cost?
what about montessori schools?
is there any merit to the whole charter school thing? or is it just politically - inspired garbage? (i.e., the latest gimmick for creationists to teach their pseudoscience with public money, and/or conservative market worship)any help is appreciated.
cool, have you visited the cart thread?