Re: pwc schools, specificaly Marsteller Middle
former pwc student
Date: January 14, 2013 10:06PM
I haven't posted here before, but I feel the need to put my two cents in. I come from a long line of PWC public school teachers. While I agree that public education and then standards set by those who are running the system are flawed, I believe I have to stand up for good ol' PWCPS and the teachers who are employed by them. The school system usually ranks among the top 5 in the state, the teachers MUST have up-to-date licenses, and the schools offer a plethora of sports programs, music programs, art programs, and Advanced Placement programs to try to cater to the different needs of individual children. Overall, Prince William County offers the best public education that tax dollars can pay for. If you want to see tax money going to waste, send your child to NYC or DC public schools. We could have it a lot worse, I guarantee that. The teachers themselves? They work incredibly hard and get next to nothing for their effort. Teaching is by far the most unrewarding job on the market, that is, if we are talking about peace of mind and financial security. It is rewarding, however, for those who genuinely care about their students and will take the stress, the flack they get from parents, unjust treatment, and paltry paychecks in exchange for making a difference in a child's life. I was dissuaded from following the teaching path that many of my relatives have chosen. I don't have the fortitude, nor do I have the patience or selflessness to be a teacher. What I do have, though, is a K-12 Prince William County Public School education. I also have a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. I am also a Biological Sciences M.S. graduate student at Virginia Tech. We all have teachers we do not like. We all have teachers that make mistakes. We all think that public school can be improved. However, before one beings to slander PWC public schools, as well as their teachers, please step back and try to see how great your child has it. There are so many kids here at Tech that came from PWC schools. They are all doing just fine. I did just fine. Your child, while they may have to overcome some obstacles, will be just fine, and a better, well-rounded person for it.