I’m asking, and without malice or sarcasm or any other negative tone, what makes one decide to homeschool? I come at this from a decidedly biased bent — Ive been a teacher for over 20 years, at every level from infant care to college coursework, and in those 20 plus years I have studied, taken courses, gone to professional development, observed peers, been observed, trained student teachers…you get the drift. I have immersed myself in the profession of education. I have seen public education rise and wane, I have seen private schools pop up like daffodils at the mere mention of “deseg” or “choice”. I have wondered at the draw of small, obviously underfunded diocese schools and envied the Montessori schools.
I have worried about social media, bullying, date rape, behavior problems in the class room, novice teachers, burnt out teachers, teachers who don’t know when to retire, cultural differences, gangs, eating disorders, gym teachers and prom dates, cliques and outcasts.
But, I never understand the decision to isolate one’s child and it seems like every time I open wordpress or pinterest I see another blog or post about “my wonderful homeschool life”. Are parents who homeschool inordinately interested in posting pix and descriptions of their activities or are they posting to help others think of cool things to do. And since when did “building forts out back” count as a school day?? And how does one call oneself a teacher without training and education and guidance. I cant hang a sign and call myself a doctor, or for that matter, an NFL quarterback, so how does it happen that one can “be” a teacher with no prerequisites? And I know I am bordering on the politically incorrect here, because your child is YOUR CHILD and for some reason parents have the right to do pretty much anything they deem necessary for their possession, er, their child. But, in all my years of living (55) I cant remember meeting 20 adults who were homeschooled …..
I just don’t get it. If you can help me, I’d appreciate it. Please dont yell at me or tell me how good you are at it..and how obviously i am just an embittered old public school teacher .I just would like to understand what makes someone decide to stay home and teach their own children all day . and, if you have links to research that shows data regarding future success of homeschooled kids, Id love to see that….