I can't believe I'm even going to POST this, let alone the fact that I've been THINKING about this. I have seriously been considering Homeschooling my kids!! I know, I know, it's crazy! Growing up I thought homeschool was the most awful thing EVER. The only kids I knew that were homeschooled were brilliant, but were social outcasts with NO social skills what so ever. I thought, "I will NEVER homeschool my own kids! How can anyone do that to them!?" So, why, you ask am I even thinking about it? Well, first off, when we moved here 4 years ago I met two families in our ward that have homeschooled children that are absolutely, socially NORMAL! There is hope! I absolutely HATE what the No child left behind act has done to public school. We can't afford private school. The local charter school has the most polar opposite reviews EVER. I have talked to people who rant and rave about how great it is, and others who rant and rave about how awful it is. I don't see that as much of an option anymore. So, here is my own personal debate outlined for you. If you are so inclined, leave your opinion.
10 things about Homeschool:
1. I definitely have the skills, training, and brains to homeschool my children and give them a great education.
2. Will I have the dedication and patience needed to give the kids a good education?
3. How will it all work with 2 non-school age kids right now?
4. Homeschooling will ensure that I can give them the more rounded education I want for them with lots of music, and science, and other things that have been pushed aside in the public school system.
5. I would enroll them in other social activities like organized sports, dance, play-dates, and such to give them the social experiences they need
6. I have a very good friend/mentor that homeschools her kids that will be an invaluable resource and help to me as I get going.
7. I have another friend with kids the same ages as mine that will be homeschooling her oldest next year because she doesn't like the public school system. She will be there for support and we can each teach to our strengths and let the other fill in the gaps.
8. There is a resource put out by the public school system for homeschooling parents. It's called K12 and it's a program where you get all your lesson plans from the website and once a week you have a conference with a public teacher to make sure your kids are staying on track and not falling behind.
9. Homeschooling will help keep the outside influences I don't appreciate further at bay.
10. I can always decide to put her in school if I don't feel it's right anymore.
10 things about Public School:
1. It's easier on my time and patience.
2. I HATE, absolutely HATE what the No Child Left Behind Act is doing to the school system. I hope Obama gets rid of it soon!
3. They learn to deal with all kinds of people at an early age. This has good and bad aspects which I'm sure you are already aware of.
4. I don't like how lop-sided public education has become. I want my kids to have a more well-rounded education.
5. I have no control over what is taught to my kids either by teachers or other kids.
6. Kids tend to love school in the early years.
7. All the friends they make in school.
8. I would have to apply for a boundary exception because there is NO way I'm sending my kids to the ghetto school they are SUPPOSED to go to.
9. The school I would apply for is the best in the district and other families in the ward take their kids there.
10. I can always pull the kids out if I don't feel it's right for them.
So there you have part of my own personal debate. I really don't know what I'll do yet. Both sides have great advantages and great disadvantages. Who knows if I'll really have decided when school DOES start next year. I may just end up going with public school to see how it goes. I don't know. I hope you all can sense this dilemma I feel. My friends that are homeschooling make me excited to try it for myself. Public school appeals because I don't have the responsibility all on my shoulders. *Sigh* One day I'll make up my mind!!
6 months ago