Are your kids in their age-appropriate grades? Are they ahead? Behind? Gifted? Learning-Delayed?
I have had experience in each of these areas, (except un-schooling, and if I did that it was by accident…which I think is the point anyway) and with each experience, I have found that their is a hostile opponent to each.
Homeschooling parents don’t like public school parents. Public school parents don’t like home school parents. Parents of gifted children flaunt their child’s abilities as if they were their own. Parents of children with learning delays make enemies of anyone who doesn’t understand their child. Are these generalizations? yep. Are they always true? Nope. But, I have been around the block a few times, and I wonder why we have the need to criticize the way other people choose to educate their own children.
Rob and I have decided to send our children to public school. First of all, we couldn’t afford to send our kids to private school anyway, so it was sort of eliminated as an option. Am I against private school? Nope. I went to one as a child, and the experiences I had there were great. Am I against home school? Nope. I’ve seen families attempt to home school and fail miserably, but I’ve also seen families home school that produce outstanding students with phenomenal leadership capabilities.
Our girls go to a public school that is values-based, family-oriented, and religion-friendly. A question I am often asked about sending our kids to public school is, “are they allowed to talk about their faith?” The answer is yes, absolutely. I am grateful for the chances my girls have had to see how other kids from different religious backgrounds live and function, and love them for who they are because of their similarities and differences. They go to a school that encourages creativity and independence. Their school cares about families. Every teacher we have had has cared about our girls, guided them, and nurtured them to their next level of growth and development. I love their school, because values are integrated into learning everyday.
I’m thankful we have such a great public school to send our kids to; I know that is not always an option for people. Wherever you are sending your kids, however you choose to educate them, you can be confident that you are their parent, and you might just know what’s best for them.
Just for fun…what’s your choice? How are you educating your kids?