Beyond Math And Reading

Ta-Nehisi reflects on the factors that might drive him away from the public school system:

I understand the need to push basic competency in reading and math. But if you have a household where people read of their own volition, where kids like books and are fortunate enough to have access to them, if you have two parents--and in the summer grandparents--who stay on the kid about math--test scores be damned--then you tend to have other, more abstract concerns. You tend to be worried about instilling a deeper love of learning, and, in my case, trying to prevent your kid from having the rather problematic experiences with school that you had. It is critically important that my son have positive feelings when he thinks about school. The social aspect is a clear loss. We may have to look elsewhere for that.