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!