Secondary school, should they choose?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

As kids reach 4th and 5th class a regular playground conversation is about secondary school. With no natural feeder school it can be a bit of a dilemma.

So should we allow our kids choose where they go to school? One of ours in particular, wants to go where her friends are going. But there is one thing I hate and that's separating girls and boys. Most countries don't, but in Ireland more often than not, we do.

Teenage years are about discovering who you are and developing as a person, learning how to handle situations. Developing skills is harder the older you get, so throw them in the deep end when young and they'll figure it out. If some people argue that mixing boys and girls is distracting, I'd argue that waiting to mix them in college is more difficult.

So what do we do with my daughter who wants to go to the all girls school? It breaks my heart seeing her upset as she begs and pleads to go to school with her friends. The conversation goes around in circles. My challenge is how do I get her on my side. I am the parent so I'll need to just figure that one out next. And at the end of the day, if she is really miserable after a year of the mixed school, maybe I'll see things her way, but for now they'll all be going to the mixed school.

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