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Homeschooling and Welfare

Posted by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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I'm curious to know the opinions on homeschooling while on government assistance.  We have had food stamps for the past year, but not because of homeschooling.  I've been doing a full-time rotation at the hospital while going to school, my husband's job hours were cut, therefore we needed the help to get me through the rest of my schooling.  I'll have a job right out of school in a month and will be working part time, then we can get off the assistance.  My step-father has a very strong opinion on the subject and can't stand when people get on welfare - he says americans are getting lazy.  (He isn't aware that we have had food stamps). 

Of course you never know what the future will hold, so my question is this:  If something happened in your life, and you were forced to either work to pay for bills, food, etc (and send your children to school), or continue homeschooling while going on government assistance of some sort, what would you choose?  Would you look down on someone who made the choice to homeschool, but because of finances had to get government help? 

Not trying to start a big debate here, the thought just popped in my head and I was curious to hear opinions. 

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM
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I'm very big on doing whatever I have to in order to pay my own bills. I've gone to some extremes to do so.

That being said, I would look for a way to homeschool if I felt my kids needed it. Maybe they could do some work while staying with a friend or relative or when they were old enough, staying alone. Or we could homeschool whatever hours I had off.

Luckily I've never had to get welfare. I'm not judging anyone who does at all.

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Well, I think you are asking for a big debate. LOL

I think assistance is fine, on a temporary basis. That about sums up my thoughts on the subject. I don't see it as being directly related to homeschooling. If it were a permanent choice, just so I could homeschool, I don't think that would be a good example to my children. Of course, I think I could arrange my life now, so I could work AND homeschool (my dd will be in 5th grade).

by Platinum Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM
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I'm not sure what I would do, honestly. Cole would do terrible in school.

I don't look down on people who hit a rough patch. That's what they are there for. I

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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I honestly do not think you would find many homeschoolers on welfare, since homeschoolers tend to be against government in their life to begin with. I know one person who was on welfare and homeschooled, but homeschool came first, she was pregnant when life got hard,and I know her husband has been working his butt off trying to get a better job. 

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM
We get wic, no food stamps or welfare, but it helps. Saving $100/200 a month in groceries definitely helps us homeschooling. We have only been on it for 6 months I think but with Kayla's medical bills we got hit pretty hard. Things are looking up, I just paid off the last medical bill from her birth, so after we pay off my husbands vasectomy and save a little I don't think I will reapply.
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by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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 Personally? I would get a job. If I needed to work to pay for bills and to put food on the table and clothes on my kids back I would not hesitate to get a job because that is my responsibility. I am a stay at home mom (and student) and I know that it is a privilege for me to be able to be at home.

I would not look down on someone who was home schooling and they were temporarily needing assistance because of an unexpected job loss or something similar. If the assistance were needed for a more long term situation then I would expect that they would get a job. I think that while it is important to give our kids a good education I think that it is just as important to teach our children about responsibility, work ethic and taking care of your family.

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM
We get wic since I am pregnant and everyone pretty much qualifies for that here the income limit is nearly 5k a month and my kids have Medicaid because our private insurance is terrible and yet we home schooled this year. Next year ds is going to a home school run by a woman who specialise in ADHD kids. It's pretty much a super tiny and exclusive private school. And she is willing to work with us on payments
by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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I don't think I would have a problem with it. My taxes go to public schools, but I don't utilize it. They also go to food stamp programs, so why couldn't I use it? I have 4 children 6 and under. There is no way for me to get a job because hubby works 14/15 hours a day, and at night he has to rest for his manual labor job. I am homeschooling my oldest two in 1st and k this coming year. I actually talked to hubby tonight about maybe signing up for food stamps and dropping WIC. We didn't come to a conclusion, but it's not off the table. I have no reservations in utilizing a program that I qualify for, if I need it.
by Silver Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

If it was a temporary situation, I would go on food stamps.  If it were going to be a long term situation, I would get a job.  I would try to get a third shift job, so I could still homeschool, but I would be getting a job.  That is probably what will be happening for me in a couple of years anyway.

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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I agree with a lot of whats been said, and I am also on food stamps. Government assistance is something I am extremely grateful for, it puts food in my kids bellies every night and I can take my kids to the doctor if they get sick. However it is not something I feel I am entitled too, again I am extremly grateful. This is where I feel the welfare line is crossed, where people feel they are entitled to these benefits. I have not made the choice to get a job because my 4 year old is not in anyway ready for school, she has a lot of anxiety issues. And I have a 10 month old who would cost me more in daycare than I could make! My oldest DD would do fine in school if i HAD to put her in. But many of us know our children, and we know if its whats best for them, we do what we have to.

But again, I agree with whats been said. Food stamps and other welfare are a means to an end, a temporary thing. If you plan on staying on it long term, maybe you should consider other options. This is the second time we've been on welfare. When we first bought our home, we could comfortably afford our mortgage, car payment, had our own insurance, and of course paid for our food. Thats when we got pregnant with DD2. WHen 8 months pregnant, DH's company took away health insurance and cut his pay/hours. We suddenly couldn't pay our bills, and had to apply for emergency medicaid for the rest of the pregnancy. So we were on food stamps for a short time but caught up quickly once we had our mortgage modified and sold the car. Then DH's mother moved in and we had a surprise pregnancy so here we are again. Not something we planned, but it happened. DH's mom has since moved out and DH is now working at Costco who is said to have great benefits, you just have to work hard to get to full time, and it can take a couple of years. My DH is still limited part time, so we are just adjusting to the new income and hopefully can get off of food assistance soon, and off of medicaid as soon as he gets a full time position. 

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