Public vs. private? Home vs. school? When it comes to educational choices, celebrity parents face the same decisions we do — picking the system that makes the best sense for our families. With the recent news that Katie Holmes has decided to enroll Suri Cruise in an NYC Catholic girls school this Fall, we're taking a look at the educational choices other celeb parents have made for their tots.
I loved school, but my brother and sister-in-law were never into academics. Their son (my nephew) is going into third grade and always talks about how bored he is in class. His test scores are extremely high and though his teacher recommended placing him in a nearby private school where he would be challenged, my brother isn't interested because of the cost. He hasn't even looked into scholarships which I can't understand. I make a good living and want my nephew to take advantage of the opportunity because I know he will do well at the school. Is it out of bounds for me to talk to my brother about footing the bill?
— Auntie Who Wants to Pay
Dear Auntie Who Wants to Pay,
I don't think there's any harm in extending the offer to your brother and sister-in-law. It's very generous of you, but be prepared in case they decline. There might be reasons (aside from academics) that they want their son to stay at his current school — friends, demographics, his comfort level, etc.
— Mommy Dearest
Many of you on this site are mothers, and many of you plan to have children. While I don't have any children, I still think about the possibility, and I'm always conflicted about the early education of these hypothetical children. Quality of the schools, class size, social concerns, and class matters all make the decision seem impossibly complicated.
Whether you have children now or not, and if money and time were no object, would you prefer to send your children to public school, private school or would you choose to home school them?