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    I've done both
    By principalb2

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    I taught in a Catholic school for one year and the rest in public schools. That was the worst year of my career. There was no discipline outside my classroom. The principal was a nun who was mean to the teachers but didn't discipline the kids. The kids ran rampant. The principal had a rule that teachers could not talk to parents unless she was notified in advance. When I was working at the after school program, one of my parents came in to get his son's homework because he was absent that day. The following morning, he brought his son in and told the principal how much he appreciated me communicating with him the night before. He said I had been very helpful. Once school started, the principal came into my classroom and yelled at me in front of the class. She told me that I had broken a rule and should have told that parent that we need to make an appointment. Things like that happened all year. The kids were the most disrespectful I've ever taught. I'm sure that's not the norm, but I would never go back to that. I also made $10,000 less than my friend who was in the public school and had less benefits.

    If you are going to send your own children to a private school, I would definitely recommend taking a job there if you can. I say that only because we had two teachers in my school who sent their kids to the local Catholic school. That didn't fare well with the parents and colleagues (we live in a small town) here. The question was "If our school isn't good enough for your children, why is it good enough for you to work in?" I also think it sends a bad message that you're not supporting the school you teach in.

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