My 11-year-old daughter has been awarded an academic scholarship to a private school. It’s only a small discount, but the scholarship means she’ll skip the waiting list ---provided my husband and I can cover $20,000 a year.
Should we pay the private school fees, or choose free education instead?
I always assumed my children would go to a private school, like I did. Not because my family is wealthy, but because I believe that the best education is private.
It took years for me to make peace with the fact that my two children attended our local public primary school.
They’ll go to a private high school, I told myself. Yet here we are. My eldest is now in her last year of primary school, and my husband and I will struggle to afford private school.
If we’re to send our girl to private school, I could increase my work hours. My law degree was supposed to be my ticket to a good job and a solid income, but that’s not quite how it turned out.
The guilt and expectations are mine alone. I’m terrified that my daughter’s potential will be wasted at the public school. And yet, I know that working more hours will crush (压垮) me.
During many sleepless nights, I felt troubled by the decision.
Although I want the best for my daughter, I have my own dreams too. I can’t sacrifice everything for my precious girl.
I explain that I want to be a positive role model for my daughter, and an unhappy parent is a terrible strain on a family.
I point out that not even the privilege of private school will protect my children from disappointment or struggle.
And finally, it’s decided. My daughter is going to the public school behind our home. She couldn’t be more pleased.
It’s taken me a little longer, but now I’m content. More than my fancy private school education, it’s my family that shaped me. With high school now 25 years in the past, I can no longer remember the mathematical problems and Shakespearean quotes I once knew so perfectly. The lessons from my childhood home, however, have proved impossible to forget.
1.Why did the author want her daughter to go to a private school at first?
A.Because her daughter earned an academic scholarship.
B.Because she wanted her daughter to receive the best education.
C.Because she wanted her daughter to skip the waiting list.
D.Because her daughter’s potential was wasted at the public primary school.
2.The author decided her daughter to go to a public school mainly because she realized that ______.
A.private school doesn’t guarantee a solid income
B.she didn’t want her daughter to struggle in private school
C.however hard she worked, she couldn’t afford private school
D.public school is the most balanced choice for her family
3.When the decision was made, ______.
A.the author’s daughter was disappointed
B.the author felt sorry and guilty about it
C.both the author and her daughter were content with the result
D.the author encouraged her daughter to be a role model at schoo
4.What is the main message the author intends to convey in the last paragraph?
A.Family influences a child’s growth more than school education.
B.The lessons learned during our childhood will stay with us forever.
C.It always takes people a long time to make a right decision.
D.Private school education is not as good as people expect.