I guess I can chime in with some actual things relating to the topic lol
My wife and I homeschool our two kiddos, but not because of some religious beliefs or because we are afraid of the indoctrinating abilities of public
schooling (though I do think that they are QUITE good at what they do heh).
Our son is severely autistic, and our daughter is one of those types of kiddos that has more brains than she knows what to do with.
Our decision to begin homeschooling came after an incident that took place with our son. We received a phone call from one of his teachers one day,
claiming that he had spit on another kid. For background, our son NEVER spits. He thinks doing something like that is thoroughly disgusting and wont
even do it when we try to get him to do so because of putting something in his mouth that doesn't belong. So we suspected that something was not
correct with the situation.
However, we listened to the teacher as she talked about it over the phone, to get the full story. While she was speaking, we could hear him in the
background crying like crazy, saying, "No! No! Please! No!"
Then we could hear another teacher literally hollering at the top of her voice, "You know what you did! You tell the truth now! You know what you did
you little brat!"
As soon as we heard that, we told the teacher we would be right there. We got there within 10 minutes, grabbed our son out of the office and brought
He went right to his room and stayed in there for the next 24 hours, crying, trembling and scared.
I don't care what he may or may not have done. I DO know that you never go at an autistic kid like that and expect to get any kind of results. And
to have it come from a teacher that was supposedly trained in handling special needs kids is just unconscionable.
We began homeschooling both of our kids that week and they've been flourishing ever since.
As a side note, the day after we pulled them out of school, we got a phone call from the school nurse. She said that our son, Seth, had peed himself
at school and needed to have a change of clothes brought to them immediately and that he was waiting there in the nurse's office for us. Our son,
Seth, was sitting right next to me at the time of the phone call.
Turns out, there was another Seth in our son's class, who was autistic, as well, and, it so happens, WAS a spitter.
So, there you have it. A pretty valid reason to homeschool, I think, and one that other parents I know of have gone through, as well.
Not everyone that chooses to homeschool their kids do so out of some religious reasoning or because of fears of the government. We do so out of
choice, and out of a feeling of care for our kids that we know only we can give.
Oh, and our daughter? She's come further in the time she's been homeschooled than she ever did in the school system, because she can learn at her own
pace. She's leaps ahead of the other kids, education-wise, because she LOVES to learn, and does so voraciously.
edit on 20-9-2013 by jomina
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