posted on Sep, 14 2017 @ 04:31 PM
originally posted by: chelsdh
It's the reason for homeschooling- is it to "protect" from the world, is it to cater to special needs of the child, or maybe the parent feels he/she
can do better than what the state offers.
As a homeschool parent, I can tell you it's all of the above. The public education system in America is a broken, failing piece of machinery.
Parents first and foremost responsibility is to their kids and handing them over to the state for 7 and a half hours a day to be told what to think
and how to think and penalized if they question either is not showing any commitment to that responsibility. Also playing a role is the fact that in
American public schools, any kid who is median average, any kid who isn't somehow "disadvantaged" according to various federally approved qualifiers,
any kid who doesn't come from a family that's considered protected or is coddled to, receives absolutely nothing in the way of educational assistance
or upliftment. It's putrid to watch this in action... kids posting better math grades getting special tutoring or other concessions from the school
while your kid falls through the cracks, struggles daily, and hates going to school because they usually either sit and fail in silence or risk
getting in trouble for nothing in retaliation for daring to take up some of the teacher's time asking for additional explanations or help.
If that's "preparation for adulthood" then screw adulthood. I'd much rather have happy, nonanxious children growing up to be responsible individuals
who control their own happiness. Since making the switch to homeschool, my kids don't fight like savages after school (which was an everyday thing
before, thanks to all the frustration and stress), they're both carrying mid-90% averages in their daily math work which they have never gotten beyond
'C-averages' in before, mornings are amazing times in our home again, with kids waking up cheerfully, taking their time to eat a good breakfast in
their PJs while doing their morning reading rather than the Chinese firedrill stressed out slugfest and crappy "running out the door, choke down a
donut as quick as you can" foolishness that was every school morning. They're not spending 2 hours every evening doing homework, because they're
getting the most out of their school day, having my wife's undivided attention rather than sitting and twiddling their thumbs for a half an hour while
the teacher assists (half-assedly) 29 other kids before getting to them. Productivity is through the roof. They also have weekly meet ups at the
accreditation facility we're enrolled through... both kids are doing LEGO robotics and actually have more positive social interaction with other kids
they share interests and programs with than they ever had at their brick and mortar schools (yes, we tried a couple public schools before saying
enough was enough). I'd be lying if I didn't admit that there's also a lot more mental and spiritual clarity and peacefulness where my wife and I are
concerned, since we're not stressing out over what type of philosophically bankrupt informational ordure the children are being not only told, but
more importantly tested on to ensure buy-in
at the public schools. It's a beautiful thing and makes being a parent such a privilege and joy
compared to the alternative of dumping them off at the curb every morning to be someone stranger's responsibility and, unfortunately as seems to be
the case, indoctrination victim.