Today in CafeMom confessions a mom said that a homeschool parent is selfish!
Here is my reply! I normally let stuff go but I had to reply to this one!
Ok here it is plan and simple. I live in an area with a very high crime rate. The school here are the worst in the state. When I pulled my kids from public school their test scores ( yes they still take exams) went up! I have home schooled a total of 8 years now. They always have read above grade level. I taught my son how to read myself using a different method than our local schools, before he ever went to school. My son could read at a second grade level before kindergarten! I let the public school teach my daugther how to read and she knew only two words ( with my help at that) using their method. When I homeschooled her the next year she was reading on a 2 -3 grade level within 6 months! You tell me public schools can teach my kids better? NO way cause why did there scores suck in public school? I will tell you one reason why. My son is half death and I had doctor notes saying that he needed to be in the front row to hear the teacher better. Yet she would start one week with him in front and always move him back and his grades would sink with his hearing ability! I would pop in a few times a month and see him right back in the back! Most teachers here are over burdened and can't handle so many kids or meet their special needs to boot because they are to busy baby sitting the troublemakers whos parents at home do not care to raise them right!
With in just the last few years my kids had dozens of field trips and when they were in public school they got ZERO!
My kids have seen DC (6times), Coloinal Willismburg ( 5 times), Will soon see NYC, have seen been on cruises and seen and traveled the Islands and have been to some of our countries finest Museums. What public school could offer that?
I also started a homeschooling social group in my area. It grew in just one year from 2 parents and 4 kids to over 300! Now I have sprung off since my kids are teens and started a teen only group. They have so many friends its hard to keep up with them all! They are all great friends. We have parties, field trips together , they play sports together and have a lot of fun, with out the unnecessary pressure or bulling they would of got in public school. My group is a group for people of ALL faiths or homeschooling methods to so they can be around people who are different and can learn respect and unity and have peace & real friendship with people who may not believe like you do. Its WORKED well!
I proudly this year graduate my son with a fully complete, by my state requirements College Prep diploma, not a standar just get by diploma! He has grades good enough and exams so high in scores he could apply to any Scholarship he wants. He is brilliant and was able to flourish in his abilities when I took him out of the public schools and gave him what he needed to truly love learning and not hate it anymore and grow to be the fine young man he is today!
So do not tell me homeschooling is selfish. Its actually a sacrifice that I happily made. And I will continue to make for my 7th grade daughter. I had to give up a nice car to stay home, nice job I could of had etc. It was a sacrifice but for the better. Because they deserved better than what our public school could give them!!!!!!!
Home Schoolers ROCK!