posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 06:36 PM
My children went to "Mother's day out" on T/TH during their 2 and 3 year old school years. Not academic, but they loved the interaction and it was
from 9-1. Hardly a chance for brainwashing. It did give them time to learn to interact and play with others.
This year, during their 4/5 year old year(they just turned 5 a week ago) I sent them to Montessori preschool. They are reading, writing, spelling,
and doing VERY simple math. The focus is on accepting others and learning at their own pace. They have also learned about many other cultures and
celebrate ALL the religious holidays(Jewish high holy days, Rhamadon(sp) Christmas, ect
No religion/culture is excluded. There are kids from all
races, religions, backgrounds.
They will enter Kindergarten with a step up on the others. They have already pretty much completed what kindergarten will teach.
Homeschooling is great in theory, but it also shelters kids to the point of not learning essential life lessons. I do believe kids can get a very
good ACADEMIC education from parents, but parents cannot teach what other kids can.
My beef with homeschooling is not the academic impact, but the social. It deprives kids of learning to deal with how to say no and make good choices
ON THEIR OWN. How to spot and recognize those that are bad influences. How to steer clear of such people. If mommy and daddy do that for them until
they are 18, they are at a distinct disadvantage when they leave the nest
Oh, and my daughter is a pistol. I don't think anyone will brainwash her. Or even control her. She cracks me up. My son is the mirror image of her.
Easy going and quite stuck in his ways, just quietly.
If you are an active parent, you can overcome whatever shortcomings you see the schools having. The problem isn't with schools of any kinds, but the