This is a throwback. I wrote this article and tucked it away when I was trying to figure out if we wanted to homeschool.
Now three years later it is interesting to me that All the reasons I had for choosing this path remain valid and other reasons have arisen to join the initial four reasons I list
There is a BIG debate going on in my house recently. I want to try home schooling, and my DH is totally against it. I have 3-4 different reasons for wanting to try this.
#1 – My child is an individual. She shouldn’t be a part of a machine. Just because the state says she should be learning x,y,z right now doesn’t mean that she is ready for that. OR she may have mastered x,y,z two weeks ago, and going over it again is boring to her.
She learns differently than other kids, each child does, but how much time does a teacher realistically have to cater to each child’s individual learning style? If a teacher has 25 kids in each class and can only spend 1 hr. per day (which should be cut down to 50 minutes because of the amount of time it takes to get the class on task) on reading. My child is only allocated 2 minutes of individualized attention to her reading, and the rest of the time she is expected to figure it out on her own.
#2 – Other kids do not live in the same house my daughter does. Just because we teach her that it’s not ok to call someone poo-poo head, doesn’t mean that she will not hear it at school. You have children from all walks of life in the public school system, and if I am being 100% honest I don’t want my 5 year old walking the paths some of these children are forced to walk.
#3 – I like my kid. There I said it. I don’t like the fact that she is in public school 8 hours a day and only on task learning about 5 hours of that. IF THAT. I would like to spend that time with her. I would like to be with her when she realizes that she has learned something new and see the excitement on her face. I want her to look back on her childhood and have memories of when she learned something significant; I want to be in that memory.
#4 – Her safety is important to me. This is not a knee jerk reaction to Newtown, or other school tragedies. BUT I think that school officials, teachers, aides, and other school employees cannot logically keep each and every child safe. It is not humanly possible with the restrictions and red tape that they have to go through.
There are so many people who say that I am trying to bubble wrap her. I am trying to protect her from the real world, and maybe I am. But she is only 5 years old! She should not have to deal with some of the things she is exposed to in public schools. Yes she will have to go through things as an adult, and she needs to prepare for that. I get that, but I also think that as her parent I should be able to decide when she has to experience those trials to the best of my ability to protect her.
Our children are the single most precious resource we have. They are our future, our reflection, and our responsibility. If I have the opportunity and means to care after her education myself should I not be doing exactly that? If I do not and am allowing the state, gov’t, or other entity to shape my child, what does that say about me as a parent?
I realize that not everyone will agree with me and that’s okay. We don’t have to all think alike that is what makes this country great. But for my child, and me home schooling is looking better and better.