I’m not sure what exactly the impetus was for the husband and I to begin viewing homeschooling as a valid option for next year. I know that we regarded kindergarten as a big frakking waste of everyone’s time, and we were more than willing to give first grade a chance to redeem public education in our admittedly jaded eyes. Private school would technically be an option, if it weren’t for the fact that the ones that seem to have a curriculum/philosophy that we can get behind costs the equivalent of a year of college. And that, my friends, just isn’t going to happen. Because even if we had loads of money and could afford it, it seems obscene to pay that much for elementary school.
All I know is that the Munchkin doesn’t like school, doesn’t like homework (really, who does?) and I don’t like the fact that there is no art instruction, music instruction is now something after school that is paid for, critical thinking skills are sacrificed on the altar of standardized tests and worksheets, and the schools in my state are having their budgets slashed to the point where certain districts are cutting the school year short. And the budget problems are only going to get worse. In fact, in my most humble opinion, it is the worst time in the history of my state to be a public school student, what with NCLB seemingly up for passage even though it is a horrifically misguided piece of legislation, and the morale of teachers being sucked down the toilet as they are asked to do more and more with less and less. And just so you know, the Munchkin’s current school is in the top ten pecent in the state as far as test scores go. But test scores don’t always tell the whole story.
And so it seems to me, that this where I can step in. This is where I can be proactive with my child’s education, rather than reactive. Where I can take charge of the direction of his studies instead of sitting there wondering why the school does x a certain (crappy) way and fighting a rather entrenched bureaucracy with barely a fifty-fifty chance of succeeding. I’m already at home, so no need to quit a full-time job, we learned years ago how to get by on just one income. I have a degree in English, but I do suck at math. Somehow though, I think I can handle it.
So the huz and I are in heated talks about perhaps not enrolling the Munchkin in second grade next year. And let me assure you that my husband is actually anti-homeschooling and has been one of the major reasons I haven’t already tried it. I realize that however much work I think it’s going to be, I should automatically double it. However, I think that as my son’s steward, it is almost my duty to ensure that he can learn at his own pace and not have to fill out worksheet after worksheet after worksheet after worksheet. I swear, if we want to focus on saving some damn trees, schools should be looked to as some of the main offenders. I digress…
I will be the first to admit that I don’t know everything. Shocking! I know! But the one thing I do know is that the Manolosphere has some of the best and brightest minds in all of the intertubes, so why not ask for your opinions before I embark on a life-changing course? Is there a flaw in my reasoning? Am I being unrealistic? Am I being too harsh on the public education system? Would you homeschool if you could? Will my good intentions put me on a nonstop flight to hell?
So I turn to you, dear readers. I truly want to know what you think.