Say it right, already!
I know it is amazing, especially those of you who know me, but I have not made a point very clearly on my last post.
"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."
This was my statement.
By "crap", I meant things like, being labeled "fast" or "slow" at Kindergarten-how fair is that? I also meant the emphasis on things and who has what and they are cooler because of what they have not who they are. The emphasis on boyfriends and girl friends that starts as early as kindergarten. Learning that alternative lifestyles are just as normal as marriage. Those sorts of things. For older kids, you could add a whole other dimension of things learned from peers.
I DO NOT believe that one is better than the other, homeschool or public school. I have done both. I have two children that would thrive in public school and one that would shrivel up-she already was. Those children who don't thrive on competition are the ones that wear that "less than" feeling the rest of their lives. I wish she had never stepped foot in the door. I hope I got her out in time. The other kids that are chewed up and spit out at public school are kids that are hyper and physical. Your kid will most likely be labeled a "bad kid" in K and will wear that title all through.
I do feel like teachers face some mighty huge obstacles nowadays, but I also believe they are very well educated to step up to it. Most teachers now really are committed and love children or they can't hack all of the social work involved.
The article excerpt that I posted was interesting and I referenced the blog not the article because I found the comments to be very balanced. They spoke of english strengths and science weakness. I would love to hear more from you, jettybetty. I did not remember that college prof was in your background. I am, as always, eager to hear more info to make me a better teacher!
Just as there are success stories in both areas, homeschool and public school, there are dismal failures in both areas as well.
I have huge issues with schools and it has little to do with the school. It has to do with all of the kids out there who are not parented, at all. There are so many kids raising themselves because of drugs, alcohol or a parent just working all the time to make a living. They are relying on peers to help them make decisions and that is a bad place to go. Kids that don't have anyone "looking out for them" are at a great risk. For those kids, very often, school is a lifesaver.
My bottom line is this: PRAY and LISTEN to what God is calling you to do for your family. I believe if you have a constant nagging in the pit of your stomach that school is "killing" your kid's zeal for life, take action. Also, if homeschooling seems unable to fuel your kid's need to accomplish, take action. Plan some more activities or get back in the public school arena. I believe God speaks to us and sends us affirmations-either that we have made the right decision or the wrong. We just don't always tune in and listen.