|The calculator I had to buy in middle school. It's still ticking :)|
If you know my family or have been following my blog, you know that I grew up in public school and my husband did both Christian school (K-8) and homeschool (9-12) and we are choosing to homeschool our children. In other words, we've got a hand in every one of these blog posts, but we definitely resonate more with the homeschool article. However, I would love to hear a response from YOU! Please read these short blog posts and share your thoughts (just keep them civil!).
"A big question that is usually raised with homeschooling is, "What about socialization?" Our family has no desire to be isolationists "protecting" our children from the outside world, and our children enjoy plenty of social interaction. We participate in a co-op that meets for half a day, one time a week with kids all about the same age. We have a network of many families that keep each other informed of field trips, lake days, or time at the park with friends. We are also involved in swimming, flag football, Boy Scouts, music, and church.
There are so many opportunities for interaction outside our family that we really have to guard our time. Our six children have many opportunities to deal with each other's uniqueness and diversity, as well as that of many other families we interact with on a regular basis—families whose kids are schooled at home, privately, or publicly."
"I should note that we did not send our children to public school to be "salt and light." We sent them to public school to receive an education. We did not try to strategically position our kids as miniature missionaries in their kindergarten class.
We believe children love to learn if their parents love to learn.
If the public school mom stereotype is unsavory, it pales in comparison to that of the public school student: a drug-marinated, Halo-playing, sailor-mouthed charmer clinging to a 2.0 in theater tech. That child does not live in our home. Though our children's formal education happens in a school building, it is enriched at home. Jeff and I are dorks who work crosswords together and read classic literature together and enjoy logic puzzles and the math of a card trick and the chemistry of baking and the physics of a game of pool and the biology of gardening. We became dorks because our parents were dorks. Our kids are dorks, too (sorry, kids). They are self-motivated and active learners, which has allowed them to flourish in public school regardless of whether they get the PhD or the PE coach for their language arts teacher. Parents set the educational climate for their children. If you are not the stereotypical public school parent, your child will probably not be the stereotypical public school student."
A Private Enterprise
"We, as parents, are ultimately responsible for the discipleship of our children. While it is good to employ help in this calling, the ownership remains on mom and dad. Most homeschooling families naturally assume this responsibility, and most Christian families who send their children to public school do so recognizing that a Christian worldview will only be learned at home and church. In a way, public school families are the most likely to have their "eyes wide open." Unfortunately, it can be tempting for Christian school parents to assume that Christian teachers and Christian peers will take care of discipling our children. If children are learning Bible and memorizing Scripture at school, this doesn't allow us as parents to neglect to read and study Scripture at home together as a family. I know that when I am feeling weary, I can be tempted to neglect these things with my children, justifying it because they are getting them at school."