There are many terrible things I would rather endure before I sent Addie to public school. Let me say that I do not mean that teachers are horrible or students of public schools are deplorable human beings ( I am one, after-all) but I do think that the public school system is failing more children that not anymore.
Jake and I started talking about homeschooling Addie about a year ago. It was sort of a 50/50 discussion. He did not want her to miss out on the social aspects of being in a school setting and I wanted her to have a LIFE outside of school. Sitting in a classroom for 8 hours a day leaves minimal time to pursue passions and hobbies. He agreed, but was still wary about the whole idea. Understandably so.
My step-mother home-schools my brothers and sister and I, for the longest time, thought it was awful. I thought they would be sheltered and that when college came, they would be in for a rude awakening. Now that I have grown and had my own child, though, I do not see much wrong with educating her at home. There are ways to be socialized and home-schooled. If a child is too sheltered or anti-social, it is most likely the parents’ fault for not joining home school groups or putting their kid in a sport/extracurricular activity.
It really is proven that children with more one on one time do better at things. I can remember being too shy to ask questions in school because of all of the people around me. I would wait until after the class was over to ask my questions.
Another reason we will be teaching Addie at home is just how down right mean kids are these days. Their parents let their peers teach them how to act and live. It is just not a great place for harvesting an intelligent, independent child. I want Addie to form her own opinions based on the research she has done herself. I want her to bypass the petty drama that is pretty much inevitable in a public (or private for that matter) school.
I do not want her to have to settle or be bored in class because what she is learning is too easy. I want her to choose what she wants to read.
Basically, I want her to have the freedom to self-educate. I think given the chance, she would run with it and go on to become a very productive and independent woman. That is all we want for her.
In short, I do not look down on people who send their kids to public school. I realize that homeschooling can be expensive and time consuming. It is something one needs to be completely dedicated to or it could be potentially detrimental to a child. I think there are wonderful teachers out there. Really willing to educate. But I think it is a sparse trait to come across.
I just do not feel comfortable putting the education of my daughter, the MOST important thing she could ever possess, in someone else’s hands.