I grew up in a moderately affluent middle-class suburban area with good public schools. I gradulated with a 3.8 GPA and a basic understanding of algebra and how to write a thesis statement. The thought would have never crossed my mind that my kid wouldn’t go to public school.
Because that’s just what you do.
Now I realize that my child is only 2 years old, but I’m nothing if not a planner. And pre-school is a mere year away. So I began exploring our options for schools.
But living in the city, the public schools aren’t so hot. They lost their accredidation a few years back and the teachers don’t even have the funding for paper.
There are public magnet schools, which have a much better reputation, but due to high demand, students have to apply a year in advance and are chosen by a lottery system. And there are always more applicants than open slots.
Then of course there is private school. We’re not particularly perochial people, so that would leave charter schools. However, we would prefer to not get a second mortgage on our house to pay for Allison’s education.
So what are we supposed to do? Sell our house and move to the county?
Certainly not my first choice. Or even my second choice. I love living in the city. So I feel like there has got to be another option.
That’s when I started thinking about homeschooling.
Many of the blogs I read are written by homeschooling moms. And as I’ve followed their lives via the interwebs, I’ve gotten more familiar with the process of homeschooling. And grown a strong interest in providing that type of education to my child.
But interestingly enough, what has actually opened my mind to the idea was reading the stories from moms that don’t homeschool.
Reading the stories of rushing around the house every morning, trying to get the kids out the door for school on time, kids getting on the wrong bus, and hours of KINDERGARTEN HOMEWORK have all made me a little crazy. Because what are kids doing for 7 hours in school that require them to have 2+ hours of homework?? My guess is it isn’t recess.
Of course I want my daughter to get a good quality education, but I’m less and less convinced that this is possible in a school setting with 30 kids in a class all needing one teacher’s attention (which is focused on that one disruptive student all. day. long.)
Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I’m starting to believe that perhaps my child could learn more effectively (and efficiently) at home.
Is that crazy?