We started homeschooling when we reached a breaking point with the public school system. It wasn’t the teachers. It was the system. We can no longer trust our children to the system. Oh the stories I could tell you from our personal experiences, but I won’t go into all that here. I just want to say that for the most part we had some lovely teachers and if only they had more say in what they teach and how they teach, but they don’t. They are at the mercy of the system.
However, here is a list of things my kids definitely do not miss about public school-
waiting outside (in any weather) before school begins
forced quiet during lunch
eating lunch alone at a desk
forced recess outside
hall passes to use the bathroom or get a drink of water
forced times to use the bathroom
bells and 5 minutes of rushing to get to the next class
spending the entire middle-school year with the same group of peers in every single class
hours and days of mandated state testing
dealing with a bully on a daily basis
exposure to drugs in the locker room
forced subjects to research and report
hours wasted on homework
deciding what to wear every day
popularity or lack of popularity
make up days
the rigidity of the school schedule and calendar
favoring the minority over the majority
Once we started homeschooling, we realized there are many benefits and virtues to keeping our children home. For me it comes down to 3 things-
1. Treasured time with my children that I wouldn’t have if I sent them to school for 6-8 hours, 5 days a week, 180 days a year. That adds up to at least 1,080 hours per year of time I’ll never get back with my children (and that’s not including homework hours).
2. For us, homeschooling puts God back where He belongs- in every aspect of our lives. We can pray to Him and include Him in every part of our daily life. What a difference that makes.
3. Homeschooling protects my children both physically and spiritually. At home they are free to be themselves and our values are embraced. At home they are nurtured, valued and protected.