The Argument for Homeschooling...
I should totally be doing something productive, but I am blog-surfing instead. I came across this from http://www.odonnellweb.com/?p=3314#comments which credits the source of this quote:
"Do you know what I find, as a college teacher? That the best writers, the best thinkers, the most broadly educated among my students are the ones who were home-schooled.
Think about that. And then think about this: Most of those home-schooled kids get their schooling in a few hours a day. By noon, most of them are done. Then they have time to live together with their families. To read or play on their own. To have a childhood.
Meanwhile, the educational establishment makes ironclad, unbreakable rules about how many days and hours our children must be put under the control of the “experts,” who march them through the halls in lines, refuse to let them use the toilet without being punished for it, and inflict group punishments like “silent lunch” for the crime of sitting near other kids who were daring to talk to each other. (I’m describing one of the “better” middle schools in our district.)"
Sometimes I get tired of having to justify what I know is the best choice for my family. I have said a million times, it isn't for everyone-but I am glad we homeschool.
To those of you who don't homeschool, I don't think I am better than you or that my kids are smarter. I do believe you will have a lot of CRAP to deprogram from your child and I bet you already know that if they are past 1st grade. My child is not guaranteed any sort of success in life because of our decision. I will make stupid mistakes and my children will undoubtedly have obstacles to overcome. I will always have to provide the social interactions that you get vicariously.
There is a long list of pros and cons on both sides of the coin. It wasn't hard to give up my $6/hour Floor covering salesperson/secretary to be a stay-at-home mom. If I had a full-fledged career that I worked my butt off to get, it might not have been such a no-brainer. Those are shoes I did not ever wear. I want to say I would have done the same thing, but really, who knows?