Year Long School Choice Decision Concludes in 2.5 Minute Discussion

school choice short decison processMany families spent months researching the school their four year old may attend. They talked to other parents, spoke with principals, reviewed test scores, had conversations with teachers, and made long Excel spreadsheets with checklists. Then, there was the Lauterbach family who used less than three minutes to make their decision. “The deadline was almost here, and we hadn’t really even talked about it,” said Keith Lauterbach. “We made sure we still had time, got all the paperwork printed out, filled out the essentials, and left it sitting on the table until Thursday night.” The Lauterbach’s said they used a brief unwritten checklist and went through the items important to them. “We talked about distance, and safety of walking or biking that distance mostly,” said Sarah Lauterbach. “We talked about any familiarities our family had with the layout of the school, and a little about who raises more money for paras. But, it was mostly about walking/riding routes and the safety of that route.” Keith says the family took less than three minutes to make the decision. “It was maybe discussed for two and a half minutes,” says Keith. “We didn’t set the timer or anything, but it had that two and a half minute feel to it.” Sarah says the family didn’t take more time than that because it wasn’t necessary. “There are only two schools close enough for our child to walk or ride to eventually on their own,” said Sarah. “So, it was between two schools, which didn’t take too much of a discussion.” Keith says he feels lucky that their family is in this type of situation. “So many kids in cities don’t have good, nearby, public school options. People take it for granted here sometimes. Any school our child gets in will be a quality Stapleton school, so why split hairs over one that may seem like a better fit, when in reality, there is no way of knowing for years after your child has been in a school.” The couple says they have used similar “seat of the pants” decision-making previously, including where to go to dinner, which kids movie to go see, and even what hospital their kids should be born in. “Don’t get me wrong,” says Keith. “We are thoughtful people, but only when it matters. Researching which quality elementary school to choose first in a list of quality elementary schools seems a little ridiculous. Now, when our kids go to college, sure, we will probably take a little more time to make that decision. You know, because that could actually end up affecting their life.” ]]>

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