I can’t believe I am already trying to decide where to send my daughter to school. She is only 2.5 years old! Okay, she will be 3 in June. That means she is old enough for preschool – yikes! So far she is learning all she needs to at home, so I doubt I will be putting her in preschool, but once she is 4 years old (only 1 short year away) I will have to think about pre-kindergarten, and a current news story I read on Foxnews.com caught my attention and got me thinking a bit about Lizzie’s future education.
The article was about how current public school textbooks have factual errors. This article listed three very major errors, including saying that Christopher Columbus was the first European explorer to reach North America when it was really Lief Errickson! (I did not spell check his last name….I hope I got it right or I am as bad as these text books)
This article referenced how they failed to attribute former President Ronald Reagan for his role in the dealings with Russia. I have to admit, that is a big one to overlook. And the article didn’t even touch on how Kansas has had a heated debate in recent years about how to word science textbooks when it came to teaching the origin of the world.
So I guess I cannot just send Lizzie and David to school and blindly trust that they will be educated according to my standards. But what parent does this? I mean, aren’t all parents somewhat – if even remotely – interested and involved in their child’s education?
So how involved will I be? And which choice is best – should I homeschool, private school or public school my children? I am leaning heavily towards sending my 2 children to the local private Christian school. First, because I have very fond memories of it as a child. I know the faculty there and they care deeply about the children. I prefer a Christian education for them.
I hesitate to homeschool because I simply don’t know if I would have to patience or knowledge to do a quality job. I am sure that if I dedicated myself to the task I could rise up and educate them well. But I am honestly looking forward to those quiet daytime hours with them at school….a little bit.
Public school, well, we have a great one nearby. If I sent my children there I would be super involved. I’d want to know what they are teaching them and correct any mistakes. That, I feel, is my job as a mother.
I am so glad I still have at least another year before having to decide all this. I highly doubt I will homeschool. I really admire the parents that do it. I know that when you dedicate yourself to something like that your children only benefit!