Another “Home Schooler”

During the voucher debates, I noted that not all kids fit in the public school system (designed for the majority and not all children) and parents had the incentive to work within the public schools prior to ever thinking of taking their child out of the school in favor of an alternative.  At the time, I took comfort in the fact that my child fit well in the public school system.  Unfortunately, that changed.

Last year was quite challenging and we worked for the majority of the school year to work things out within the school system (as I said, the incentive to do so is clear).  As the year ended, we hoped the summer break would further alleviate the issues we faced and, particularly, looked forward to a new teacher and classroom for a fresh start.

Nearing summer’s end, things have improved to a certain extent but not nearly as much as we had hoped.  To make things worse, we had jumped the administrative hoop to politely ask that our child not be placed in a certain teacher’s class.  I have nothing against the teacher, but it was clear that they would not be a good fit and, most likely, exacerbate the issues we were dealing with.  That turned out to be a waste of time; guess who our child was assigned to?  On to the alternatives we went and made our decision.

So we get to homeschool…which will be absolutely awesome!

At first, we weighed our options with some trepidation, but as we started looking into various curricula and resources as well as finding the excellent local home school support groups, the more exited we became.  I can’t wait to start teaching in a week and our child is totally excited about it as well since we were sure to involve them in the process.  We are, now, looking forward to a much easier school year with tons of fun, yet more rigorous, learning.  This is going to be a blast!

It will be interesting to see where things take us this year.  Things may well work out to the extent that we place our child back in public school next year or this may well be a better fit where we continue on homeschooling into the future.  Time will tell.

The one thing that did surprise me as we prepared for this, is how many homeschoolers there are and how well organized the ‘associations’ seem to be.  I always knew that home schooling was growing and that there homeschoolers were out there, but had no clue as to the extent and organization.

There is only one downside to this.  The funding allocated to my child will not be allowed to go to offer an alternative to a parent (or parents) who don’t have the means to provide an alternative to the “one size fits most” schools for their child.  Nevertheless, I’m sure the public education lobby has, at least, come up with some suggested solutions (other than huge tax increases) to address the coming wave of student population increases….(crickets)…  The ball is in their court, maybe we’ll eventually get some of their solutions, otherwise, get ready for some serious tax sticker shock in the next decade.

Oh well, schools starts in less than a week and WE CAN’T WAIT!

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5 thoughts on “Another “Home Schooler”

  1. I’d be interested in hearing how homeschooling works out for you and your family. We’re overjoyed with our kid’s experiences in her public elementary school but I’m still interested in hearing about experiences from people who try home schooling.

    In order to keep from being too conciliatory in a comment on your blog I’m compelled to point out that as far as education funding is concerned the ball is actually in the legislature’s court. They should have been allocating funds to our public school system in preparation for the upcoming wave of students over the past couple of decades. Only over the past couple of years have they even attempted to make up for the short changing of public education wrought by previous legislatures.

    Good luck in home schooling and please blog your impressions of how well it is working!

  2. We have home schooled for 20 years now…all six children. It’s as good as you make it…and it’s as good as you are parents. We’ve always seen it as simply an extension of our parenting.

    Best wishes…we’ve wouldn’t go any other way.

  3. One thing that happened recently is that some students who attended our international school quit their private school in order to homeschool. Then they found out later that their private school wouldn’t accept their homeschool credits due to course State standards or something. You might want to check on that, since these very bright girls were actually doing advanced work (they quit the school because it was so easy they were earning easy A’s and getting frustrated with the lack of challenge), but their curriculum was not recognized.

  4. amayala – thanks for the information.

    We are aware of such issues. In the public system, if you homeschool, your child is evaluated. Thereafter, they are are placed, at best, at their ‘traditional’ grade – they will not be placed in a higher grade even if they perform at the higher level and parents feel their child is emotionally prepared to skip a grade. To me, it comes off as a punitive policy. Honestly, I won’t be surprised if we continue to homeschool into the future, particularly, if our child runs ‘above grade’.

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