Today will be my son's first day in kindergarten. It feels like a special right of passage because, in a way, it's like our little one is being accepted into society as a whole. It's like our little fuzzy nestling has been accepted as normal. Granted, the criteria are very loose, and he would be accepted practically no matter what. But that's an intellectual analysis. The emotional analysis is: Our little child is on his way to becoming a citizen!
I'm not sure I would have gotten that same thrill from a private school.