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Dear David Coleman: I don't like my son's school but he loves it. Should I move him?

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To my mind, your son's happiness in school would be of most importance

To my mind, your son's happiness in school would be of most importance

To my mind, your son's happiness in school would be of most importance

Q My son has just started junior infants last September. I am very unhappy with several things related to the location and the large and impersonal nature of the school since he started. I want to move school but my husband doesn't agree. My husband works full-time, while I am at home with him and his younger brother. My son appears happy where he is. I would like a smaller school in a rural setting for him. My husband and I researched four schools at great length before starting him and ruled out this rural school concluding it was too dated, but now I am having regrets. Please help.

David replies:  I wonder if your issue is less to do with how to best meet your child's needs and more to do with your own process of decision-making.

You say that your son appears happy in his current school, even though you perceive the school to be impersonal, because of its large size. To my mind, his general happiness in school would be the primary factor for consideration in terms of making any possible change. As it stands, however, it seems to be you that has issues with the school and not him.