We are looking at buying a house (and are therefore looking at schools), and my husband is worried about the stats of college entrance and such for each school. I don’t think it’s so important as long as the school is safe.
Some background on us,
I went to a low quality school mainly serving farming communities. All my friends are now tradesmen or working customer service. A lot of my friends were from families on welfare or living in grungy trailer parks with absentee parents. They didn’t care who I was we just had fun exploring the mountains and riding the bus to new parts of town together. There were a lot of skids and potheads but I just didn’t spend much time around them. Because most people in my school weren’t “academically inclined” I didn’t have any homework (ever, even in my senior year), so I had a part time job, and I used my spare time to take night classes at the community college, and do calculus etc online, and volunteer.
Sure I went to a community college for a year, but because I did so many college courses in high school I didn’t have a heavy course load, did excellently, and transfered into the best school in my state. Now I’m working as an engineer and can live in any country or city I want. My friends are mostly tradesmen and cashiers, and I don’t think it matters because they’re great people. Not to mention I have a huge benefit at work because I get along very well with tradesmen, so when on job sites they are always upfront with me about progress/issues.
My husband was home schooled and never went to a “real school”, he is looking at the stats and wants our kids to go to a school where most kids go on to college. I think the stats are largely reflective of the fact that kids in rich areas have parents that went to college that will push them to do the same. Im worried our kids won’t be exposed to different socioeconomic classes and will live in a bubble if we just follow the stats. I think their own vetting of friends and self reliance will allow them to do well in life. My husband doesn’t agree and wants our kids to have the statistical best start in life.
Before I was pregnant we were in agreement on this issue, but now that reality is sinking in our views on this are getting more polar.
TLDR; Am I naive or does it not really matter whether our kids go to the best ranked school?