If you had told me 10 years ago, that I’d be 30 years old with a 3 month old and considering the thought of homeschooling him, I’d have thought you were crazy.
But alas, here I am.
The possibility of homeschooling is a topic that my fiancé and I have been discussing recently. We have quite a few reasons for opting going the home school route.
It’s sad that this even has to be considered. With all of these school shootings happening, school is just not a safe place for a child. There seems to be nothing effective being done about it. And I’m not just talking about recently.
Columbine happened nearly 20 years ago. And yet, here we are, with no changes being made and the rate at which shootings happen on the rise.
I don’t feel comfortable sending my son to school in that kind of environment. It doesn’t matter where we live or what kind of school he goes to. It can happen anywhere.
The mere thought of losing my son in such a violent manner shatters me.
Another huge headline topic when it comes to children is bullying. Now, I understand that bullying has been happening for decades. Minor bullying is expected. But what’s happening today is not minor bullying.
With the use of technology, children can no longer escape their bullies. They can’t go home and have a safe space away from them. These bullies can target them through technology: whether it’s social media or video games.
Now, I have my own opinion on his use of technology. But eventually, he will use it and it will be a part of his life.
Kids, young kids, are becoming so distraught and torn down by bullying that they choose to end their lives. That’s traumatic! I can’t imagine my son going through that.
What bothers me most of all, is that there is little being done about it at the school level. Sure, there are tons of organizations that promote anti-bullying. But as far as I can tell, schools don’t do a whole lot about it.
Now, I’m not trying to say that none of the schools are doing anything. But, enough of them aren’t to make it a cause for concern.
The Education System
Lack of funding in public schools and common core at at the top of my list for my issues with the education system.
It’s appalling to me that we don’t provide supplies for children. No one would be where they are without education. And yet, not enough people seem to care. (At least, those that are in positions of power making decisions).
A casualty of funding are creative programs like art and music. Even extra-curricular activities like clubs cut. These are important parts of an education. They have value and they matter.
Field trips also don’t make the cut when crunching numbers. Learning hands on is important! Especially for small children, getting outside the classroom helps connect them to real-life examples.
A Story That Stuck With Me
I recently read a story about a young boy that had a teacher that caused some pretty irreparable damage to his development.
The story was told by the boys sisters (let’s call this boy Charlie). Charlie loved to give children hugs. He was just a very affection boy! But, he was smart about it. He would ask before just hugging someone.
Charlie’s teacher discouraged this behavior. And she didn’t just discourage it, she singled him out in class for his behavior.
Despite Charlie’s parents speaking with the administration on multiple occasions and having them speak with the teacher, the behavior didn’t stop.
Sadly, nothing else could be done. He wasn’t able to change classrooms and this teacher clearly didn’t stop her bullying behavior.
Because of that experience, Charlie ended up hating school and he stopped being so affectionate.
This teacher squashed this little boy’s spirit. That sickens me. I know there are great teachers out there. I’ve had them and I’ve known them.
But teachers like this really make it difficult to learn and can have a damaging effect on a child.
This is just a story that really stuck with me lately. I would be incredibly destroyed if someone did this to my son.
Hopefully, by the time my son is of school-age, we will be in a financial situation where I am able to home school him full-time. We’re working on getting there right now.
I want my son to have the type of education that I had. I want to take him to museums, aquariums & zoos, and historical landmarks.
I want to teach him art and music.
Now, I know there’s a stigma that children that are homeschooled are un-socialized. (Frankly, I thought that, too). But there are plenty of ways for my son to spend time with other kids!
Our church has a great children’s program. There are support groups of parents of homeschoolers that we can connect with. I want to get him involved in community programs, like sports and music.
I’m confident that this is the best decision I can make for my child.
Share with me! Do you home school your children? Are you planning to when your children are older?