a reply to: jjkenobi
When I relocated back to Michigan, I had no thoughts of homeschooling my daughters. I immediately enrolled them in the local public school and the
first day they came home in shock! Sharing stories on how bad it was. Just drugs, sex, teachers being cussed out by students. Seriously, I thought it
was first day in new school jitters.
The next day, I drove them into school and went in to speak with the school counselor. I wanted her to be aware of their nervousness and seek advice.
To my amazement, she was expecting me to contact her! I was not the first nor will be the last, she told me. She said unfortunately the 2 grades my
daughters were in had been evolving problems since the 4th grade level. All that my daughters told me was true. I was horrified. She recommended I
take my daughters back home that day and put them in a private school or homeschool them.
All the private schools had an one year waiting list for entry! So went to library and read: How to homeschool for Dummies! The author was even from
here in my county! It was challenging figuring out the best way, but that book was the biggest help in offering advice and solutions.
My oldest daughter, has just received her Masters and my youngest, received her Bachelors last summer. They always won scholarships with their high
above 4.0 grades. I am very proud of them...though they were dedicated learners on their own.
My middle daughter learned differently, I was able to adjust her education to work with her learning style. She hated book learning and was more hands
on and tradescraft. Higher Math though was her most difficult subject. She did not go to college, but every employer she has had praises her
constantly and continually seek her return when she changed jobs. She is smart, dedicated to tasks, and dependable. She excels in doing more than just
required on jobs and the employers sure appreciate it.
Homeschooling gave them that skillset, since at a young age, they all worked daytime service jobs. We had to go to local school show the homeschool
journals and the school will sign off on their workers permits. That was the law in Michigan for minors working. Employers needed that for the state.
My grandsons are all in public schools now. The decision on where they live was based on school districting and which school would be best for their
educations. My daughters are very involved in volunteering and visiting the schools to ensure all is as it seems.
Michigan certainly seemed to have some regulations set already. I definitely think that homeschoolers should have a record keeping system of proof of
education submitted to the local district. To ensure that there is a feedback loop of responsibility. Just keeping those journals kept me on track.
They completed 12 th grade too young, so I enrolled them into an online high school course. Journal was no longer needed since the online school had
transcripts that were easy to print out as proof of education.
Sorry for rambling on. I believe that homeschooling should have some regulation but more within the local or state...federal regulations may be what
screwed up the public school system after all.
Edit add: seeing post below mine...I wanted to add that I was grateful to the local church Awana clubs, sports clubs, choirs. It allowed my
homeschoolers a great way to socialize with local public school students in an environment that was not encouraging them to have sex or do drugs.
edit on 1 22 2020 by CynConcepts because: (no reason given)