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Is it better/worse to attend the same school as your sibling(s)?

Tyler Powell, Editor in Chief

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Cons:

  1. Teachers expect you to be like your older siblings, whether they expect you to be a troublemaker or an excellent student.
  2. Kids refer to you as “so-and-so’s sister/brother” instead of bothering to learn your name.
  3. Everything they do falls back on you, especially if you’re the oldest. It’s hard to get through a full day of school without hearing about something your sibling did.

 

Pros:

  1. If you/your sibling(s) can drive, transportation is a lot easier because you can all go home together.
  2. Parents don’t have to worry about supporting multiple schools/school rivalries. They can devote all of their energy for one specific district.
  3. You can keep tabs on your siblings and make sure they stay out of trouble.
  4. They can look out for you if you’re at the same school. Their friends can also meet you and make sure you’re not getting harassed or anything.

 

For students that grow up with siblings, it’s more than likely that they will attend the same schools. Although there can be mixed feelings about this, the benefits seem to outweigh the costs.

 

For starters, if a student in the family can drive, transportation is much more efficient because they can all drive home together. Staying in the same school district also helps out the parents. They don’t have to worry about supporting different schools or face school rivalries within their family. They can devote all of their time and attention to one school district.

 

However, some students complain about attending school with their siblings. They argue that teachers–even subconsciously–set expectations for the younger siblings to be like their older brothers or sisters, whether that means being a troublemaker or an excellent student. Also, for the older siblings, everything falls back on them. They have to carry the responsibility of their younger siblings in public.

 

Although these complaints are valid, there still seem to be much more important benefits. For instance, siblings can keep tabs on each other and make sure they stay out of trouble, which wouldn’t be possible if they went to different schools. Their friends can meet you and allow you to make new connections as well as make sure you’re not getting harassed.

 

The debate over whether having siblings attend the same school has both good and bad points to it. But in the end, keeping tabs on each other and having easy-access transportation makes attending school with your siblings a great thing.

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