I work in a private Montessori school and I went back to work after my son was born because I knew I could take him and tuition would be free. It's a great school IMO and it's where I would have wanted him to go even if I didn't work there. So, fastforward to yesterday, I'm having a conversation with some friends about school and children. One has a 1 yr old and is lamenting the cuts in her public school system. She's worried about where to send her daughter, and a conversation ensued. One of the other parents, who teaches in a public school, told me to "stop talking down the public schools." She also called me elitist for wanting to send my child to this school and for actually noticing a difference between some of the kids in my neighborhood and the kids at my school. Man, I was pissed. How do I let go of this? I'm all for whatever works for children, I just wanted my son to go to this school.