Lying For A Better Education?
A while ago I told you about trying to get Girlie Girl into one of the highest rated public elementary schools in the state. We received a letter recently saying that she didn’t get in. Apparently, they had so many applicants for the No Child Left Behind Program that they didn’t have enough available slots to even accomodate all of them! Since we don’t come from a low performing school district, we had last priority.
Needless to say, we were very disappointed.
Then a friend of mine came up with a solution. Since my father owns a condo in the building right next to the school, why not just say that we’re renting from him? If we live in the district, they would have to enroll my daughter. We could probably even get my Dad to put together a rental agreement if we needed some kind of proof.
At first this sounded like a great solution. However, the more I thought about it, the more something bothered me. If Girlie Girl was to attend this school, she wouldn’t be able to tell anyone where she lived. What if someone asked? How, in good conscience, could I coach my daughter to lie?
In the end, we decided to enroll her in our own district. It may not be as good a school but at least I’ll be able to sleep at night knowing that I was teaching my daughter to live an honest life.
My friend, on the other hand, thinks I’m crazy. What about you? What would you have done?
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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.