Catholic education is the topic tonight. Catholics. Catholicism. The Church.
I don't want to send my kids to Catholic school because I don't want them to be indoctrinated into the Catholic faith.
I've grown up thinking that the Catholic church is a sham that turns its back on people in their time of need.
I think that because I was told, I think, that when my Dad's Dad died, when my dad was 14 and his youngest sister was 9 months old and there were 5 kids in between the two of them and suddenly Mamaw found herself alone with 7 kids, she went to the Church to ask for some help, because JFC she probably legit needed some help. I heard she didn't get it. That my dad left the Church because of that.
Cool. Not cool, but okay. I get it.
Tonight, discussing Geneva's kindergarten school placement - she didn't get into our first choice, but got into our second choice which was only our second choice because it was the best ranked school in our cluster at a 5 out of 10 - the other 5 schools we could've chosen were 2s and 3s out of 10. This is the education system in America, folks. If you don't live in the rich neighborhood, you can choose between mediocre, okay, or absolute shit when it comes to your kids' public school options. W00t.
We've thrown out there for discussion the topic of private school because, well, we can't home school and because our public school options were collectively not great. But we don't have private school money, truth be told. We're already stretched paying more than our mortgage each month for daycare for 2 kids - daycare plus private school tuition is more than daycare for two kids and we spent 13K on daycare in 2017. Still, education. It's important. A big damned deal.
I asked my Dad tonight for his opinion on Catholic Schools. He shocked me when he said, "If you can afford it, I think it's the best choice. I don't think they could get a better education."
WTF, Dad? I'm confused.
He went further, "It's a deep topic and we should talk about it alone another time." The girls were both on his lap, as he sat in his recliner. "I think it's the one true Church. But the Church and the people, those are different..."
I'm so confused.
This will definitely have to be continued. I wish I could call him now and be like, so, um, talk to me yo. Not tonight, though. Soon.
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