From ‘Parent at the Helm’
Super Sisters, a sub-section of PBS Parents online, appears akin to reality television shows, only occurring online and focusing on three sisters who are raising children. A recent post from one of the sisters features “school troubles” with her third grader. She also outlines her options to address the problems, one of which is homeschooling about which she says: “I’m realizing the root of my resistance might be deeper as it would also alter my life dramatically (insert selfish feelings here).” Hereafter, she solicits input from readers.
Nine readers have responded to date, several of whom offer good thoughts on homeschooling’s benefits and urge a second look at the practice. Some of the other responses provided the fodder to address some lousy, albeit common, reasons for not homeschooling.
LOUSY REASON #1: ASSUMING THAT YOU’D BE DEALING WITH THE SAME CHILD WHO GOES TO PUBLIC SCHOOL TODAY
After the reader states she could have written the same “school troubles” post, she writes, “I can see we’re losing him and his thirst for learning, and that’s terrifying. Oh, and I thought about homeschooling too, and am about 99% certain I won’t…we’d kill each other, I’m afraid. (wink face)”
The child who returns home after a day of school has just experienced all of those incidents causing problems and, possibly, even more. Remove those stresses from a child’s life, and chances are good you’ll be dealing with an entirely different person who is a lot more fun to be around. Even if somehow he was still the same child, this is certainly better than “losing him and his thirst for learning” under the current circumstances.
LOUSY REASON #2: DONATING TIME AND EFFORT WILL FIX THE LOCAL SCHOOL
“I am very worried for the years to come. I, too, feel like I have little choice. I have 3 kids and not enough income for private schooling. I love, love, love the homeschooling idea….as an idea. But I am not a trained teacher and I worry that it would be worse. Maybe I would be really hard on them. Oh, and I have my own work to do too! It is very tough….I guess I feel like the best I can do it to work with my public, neighborhood school to try to make things better.”