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#1 School district - why all the fuss?
As a real estate agent, I often anticipate the buyers' request to limit the home search to those properties found within the boundaries of the very best school district. Naturally, I respect that wish as I'm lining up houses to show.  
Still, I can't help but wonder why that preoccupation exists . Please understand that I'm not advocating failing schools nor those with a reputation for violence - only delightful, ordinary neighborhood schools.
Years ago, we didn't worry about these things. Whatever school you were zoned for is the one you attended. And most of us grew up just fine, achieved and even prospered over the course of a lifetime.
As a former educator and part of a family of educators, literacy and achievement has always been top on my  list. Coming from one who read to her babies in utero, I've always been sold on the importance of education and its crucial role in presenting options when one is trying to rise above difficult circumstances.
Ideally, I believe that a nurturing home environment, conducive to learning is where education starts and families who frequent the local library and other educational sites are building a strong foundation for successful future endeavors. Children can sense when a premium is placed on knowledge and, as they grow, with an allowance for normal age-related hiccups, they will mirror the values displayed in their households.
A love for education takes time to nurture ... more

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