What do you all think of co-ops?
I always thought I loved the concept of co-ops....group instruction run by homeschool families. But we actually just completed our first semester, now I'm not so sure. My boys are really impressionable. My oldest being special needs, he doesn't have the capacity to tell bullies or other kids when he's not having fun...he'll sacrifice everything he has if some stranger kid says they want something he has (and he'll believe this means they are his new BFF). This semester was an eye opener. I have always counciled new HS'ers that HS'ers are diverse and not that different fundamentally from PS'ers...but even I started to doubt, even I started to get arrogant thinking HS'ers must be closer to their kids, must be they are tighter knit, and all must have kids that are well behaved and respectful....then I started co-op, and saw many kids who didn't behave themselves, pushing and hitting, being verbally abusive to their friends, etc. WHen I complained at a parent meeting about such behavior - I was told "parents parent differently" to which I was confused because I had believed ALL parents encouraged respect for others....within a few weeks my boys started emulating such behavior and I had to literally sit through every class with them (the small group of 3 or 4 moms who shared my opinion jokingly called us the Natzi Moms as we ruined all the fun...lol). I was even sent a nasty email from one mother who made rude comments about my special needs child!...Now I'm trying to balance the desire for some group gatherings like the co-op (as the boys LOVED it) with my need to keep my boys behaving in a way I deem appropriate....Anyone else have such issues?