Someone very close to me, someone I love and respect, said to me today that "how do your children truly know that they have the option of going to public school if they don't know anything about public school". She thought it would only be fair to have the kids spend a day at school, so they can really see what school is all about and so that they can truly make an informed decision.
She's right! I'm completely in favor of informed consent/decisions. Why would any of us make a choice unless we truly knew what our options were. I pride myself on being one of those parents who really does *listen to* and *honor* my children, while helping them to get the information they need to make good choices. Sure, I can get my children to do exactly what *I* want, but I don't, especially if it's not fair to them if I'm withholding information that they may need to consider other possibilities.
So, what the h-e-double hockey sticks! I say, let's give every child in day care and public school a CHOICE, too! I mean, really, how can they know that that is where they really want to be if they've never been given the information or the freedom to choose something different?
Hmmm? She just may be on to something here! ;)