Homeschooling is Not For Me

Bel Canto Mom wrote an interesting post on homeschooling her children. However, even with the obvious ways that education in America is lacking, I don't think I could do it. It's great that she (and many others) have the patience for it, but I would be a disaster. A complete disaster. So I send my son elsewhere. I can help him with “homework” (he's in a pre-K program right now, and sometimes brings worksheets home to finish). But if I was in charge of his total education? I shudder just thinking about it.

But it is nice that there is the option for homeschooling. I mean, at least it's possible to choose whether to send your child to public school, private school (if you can afford it) or do homeschooling. This is a good thing. Choice is nice. But it is important to have basic standards. And perhaps there needs to be more accurate ways to accomplish this with homeschooling. And with public education as well. After all, my husband got a much better education in New York than I got in Idaho. Some basic national American education standards might have helped that. I'm not less intelligent than my husband, and I made up for Idaho's sad lack by my own desire to learn, but I would have had a lot more opportunities in Josh's podunk New York town than I had in one of Idaho's largest cities.

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0 thoughts on “Homeschooling is Not For Me”

  1. I agree with you on the need to have a national standard. As nice as it sounds to have less government involvement and more freedom for individual states, I think it’s doing kids a great disservice (however you spell that). Overseas, one of the things people associate with Americans is the fact that they move – a lot. Without a national guideline, kids can really get lost when they move to a different state. Different topics are covered in different grades, and before you know it you’re missing a whole year of math. State standards vary greatly, and someone who does well in one state may fail in another. Homeschooling is one way for kids to get a consistent education, but it’s not for everyone, and not everyone should do it. Anyway, lots more to say on the subject, but this’ll do for now. :o)

  2. There are plenty of things that can be left to the discretion of states. But education? Well, it would be good to know that everyone was getting the same information.

    One thing I noticed when I was in Austria was that there were more choices. You could choose trades, apprenticeships or college track. Maybe that’s changed, but it seemed a better system than forcing people who might not want college finish out a college prep course.

  3. I just think it would enable those who want to stay on the college track to get a much better education. As it is, you have the whole range of kids in the classroom. You need to create a curriculum that’s challenging, yet still caters to the kids who are not as motivated to learn, not as intelligent, etc. By offering an alternative degree after 10th grade, as they do in Germany, you separate those who want to go to college from those who don’t. And you can do a lot more with the ones who are college bound than is currently possible. Does that make sense? The ones who go through 10th grade get the preparation needed to go into trades or apprenticeships, while those who choose college track get a much broader education, and more in depth, that prepares them for college. Once they get there, instead of having to deal with “general ed”, they can jump straight into their major. And those who are not interested don’t have to drop out because they have an alternative. Sounds good to me. And if you do decide you want to go to college after all, you can go to school for a couple more years after your 10 year graduation and still earn the degree that allows you to go to college. The educational system in Germany is by no means perfect, there are a lot of things about it that need improvement, but I think in that respect it really does give kids a choice. A valid choice.

  4. You points emphasize my main problems with education in America. This false idea that to be successful you HAVE to complete a college track through grade 12. And that a college education is the only respectable option if you are middle class. Phaw! There are plenty of good options that can lead to success, and I like the European way of getting there.

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