Broadbean wrote:I believe in a strong public education system, and it makes me sad when so many of the most dedicated and involved parents -- the ones who can really change things -- take their kids out of school. Lord knows I have to unteach things my kids learn every day, and diet is the least of it. (They way children treat each other bothers me the most. I spend a lot of time counselling my extremely sensitive, unathletic son on how to deal with mean kids.) BUT it's so important for a kid to learn how to say, No, thank you, I don't eat animals, or, Don't make fun of my friend, and to be able to be proud and to stand up for who they are.
I don't know... there are of course many reasons to homeschool, but there are also many good reasons to teach your kid to be himself in the society we live in, and to work to change things.
Homschooling isn't suppose to be used to remove our kids from society - in fact, we now have the time to put them into far more groups and activities than before.
The problem with the school system in our area (other than the negative influence they impose on our vegan lifestyle) is the fact that more time is spent "managing" problem kids than teaching. When speaking with our childrens teachers, they tell us that it takes over 20 minutes to get the kidsin the class settled for prayers. In my sons class, there are two kids with autism and third with developmental problems and the teacher has no help to work with these kids, so most of her time is spent on those three while the other kids are stuggling to read and write (because they aren't being taught!). This is not an education and we certainly do not have the years to wait until the system is changed.
My kids have a huge desire to learn - in reality, they should be in a Montessori, but we can't afford it. Homeschooling will provide them with hands-on activities and focused education. It's the best we can do under the circumstances and they won't have to deal with the "drama" at school when they are suppose to be learning.