I was reading a couple posts tonight as I was blog hopping. Both of them brought up some really excellent points about public school and homeschooling and I want to discuss with you what is in my head as I read them.
The first post I read was from Get Along Home called “Thanks for Your Concern.” It is a very lengthy post from a homeschooling mom about her – and other mom’s – response to people’s concern over homeschoolers not being educated nor socialized properly. Read it, you will be glad you did.
I had to respond to her post because I agreed with everything she said.
I have been to every single type of school this wonderful country provides:
*Private Christian school
*Private Catholic School
Oh wait, I have not attended military school…..but I digress
By far, my least favorite was public school! And tied were the private christian and homeschool. Honestly, if my mother would have been a smidge more organized and a bit less going-through-a-failing-marriage-that-would-soon-end-in-divorce I might have LOVED my homeschooling. The year that she put her heart into it I loved it. I thrived. She basically ordered whatever level of curriculum I needed, no matter the grade level. So my reading and English skills were off the charts when I got to public school. (Math and science….not so much, but I was at least average there)
I am a hugely extroverted and yet my favorite preference for school was homeschool. Because I was made fun of at public school and had no friends. At homeschool I had friends in my activities, church and other homeschool groups. I could focus on my reports and read to my heart’s content in homeschool. In public school I had to do group work that slowed me down and go on awkward field trips that I never learned a thing on except where not to sit on the bus. And even in 4th grade I was confused by how many “fun activities” there were and how little “actual learning.” I still remember the paper mache globe we made in 4th grade, it took my class about a month of social study class times, and yet I don’t remember what we were supposed to learn – that the earth was round? We didn’t label the names of the continents, just glued paper to a balloon.
If you want even more information about the dire straights our public school system is in, you should read Jaqueline’s review of the documentary Waiting For Superman. In it you learn about teacher’s tenure and how that doesn’t encourage better teaching.
I am hoping that financially we can afford the private Christian school in town. I know the teachers and faculty there. I know how they teach and the individual care given to the students. That is what I want for Lizzie. I don’t know if I can give Lizzie what she needs educationally. She has thrived at her private Lutheran preschool and I believe with my same encouragement here at home she will thrive in the private Christian school. If we can afford it.
If finances don’t allow, I will be blogging about my decision making process. So much can change in our country in 1.5 years, so we will see what mess improvements the schools have made by then.