Dear Parents Who Homeschool:
I’ve got a question that’s been on my mind. Most of you know, I’m an educator. We educators are (for the most part) passionate about what we do. The job is full of intrinsic rewards and we work really hard day in and day out.
But it seems like more and more of you are deciding to homeschool your children. I know you know your children best, I do. I’ve always looked to the parents of my “school children” as my children’s first and most important teachers. But can you really teach them everything? What about the highly qualified experts in the field of education?
As an educator, I have a burning question.
Have the public schools failed you? Failed your child? Are you dissatisfied with public school education? Is it your community? Your state? Was it a bad experience? Is it a forever thing? Will you send them back? What about the socialization piece?
I will admit, I’m intrigued. After years and years of ongoing training and a master’s degree, I’m curious as to why so many moms and dads are so eager to homeschool. I’m really not trying to put anyone down or tell you it’s a bad decision. I’m honestly trying to learn more about it – how do you come up with the decision to do it, HOW you do it and what does a typical day looks like? School is so structured and fast paced, I can’t imagine trying to teach at home (at the same caliber as I do at school) without the resources, ongoing professional development and structured curriculum at my fingertips. I also can’t imagine teaching my own kids. Don’t our children perform better for others? They don’t listen when I tell them to put on their shoes, so how the heck would they follow my commands around teaching and learning? And wouldn’t I get sick of them? Gosh, I love sending my big kid off to school! And I LOVE what the public schools are providing!
Don’t think I’m taking a stance against the decision to homeschool. I’m really not. I’m sure it can be done. I’ve met so many wonderful homeschooling moms through blogging and I never could quite just come out and ask, “Why? Why do you homeschool? HOW do you do it?”
I guess I do probably get offended. I mean, I’ve spent years and years honing my craft and I hold two degrees, ya know? So how can we improve our schools so that you’d want your child to attend? Where did we go wrong? Can we fix things to make you want to come back?
Mrs. Stow (Mom and educator)