I was reading through my old blog posts, and came across this one from 2006. Our reasons for homeschooling have remained the same over the past seven years.
As my son finishes the 9th grade, we can measure his success by how well he stacks up academically with other kids his age. Would he be #1 in his class if he was at the local high school? Probably not. But, based on test scores, writing quality, and general knowledge, he would be in the top 5%, for sure. I don’t believe he would be as well-prepared if he had remained in the public schools. So, our goal of a better education through homeschooling has been reached.
Anyway, here’s my original post, from 2006:
We are entering our seventh week of homeschooling our 8-year-old son. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s all going very well. Better than expected, in fact.
Through IDVA outings and activities, we’ve met many other homeschooling families and have heard just about every reason as to why people choose this option for their kids. Most of them are homeschooling for religious reasons. Others live in remote areas. Some had bad experiences with the public schools.
Our reason for homeschooling falls into none of those categories. Our religious beliefs didn’t enter into the decision. We don’t live on some isolated mountain top. And, in the three years our son was in the local public schools, we never had a single bad experience.
Quite simply, it came down to a realization that the education my son was receiving in the traditional classroom was merely good, bordering on average. Three years of watching him, being involved, and volunteering in the schools opened my eyes to the fact that our schools can only do so much. Some kids thrive in that system. Other kids get lost. Most kids do well but never excel.
My son always did well in school, but there were too many days when he was bored or ignored. Too much time wasted and opportunities squandered. Over the past year we explored the various forms of homeschooling and it didn’t take long for us to decide that this was the way for us to go.
We’re lucky enough to be in a situation, with one at-home parent, that makes it easy to homeschool. If we couldn’t do it I wouldn’t feel too bad about leaving my son in the traditional public school setting. With limited resources and crowded classrooms, they do a good job educating children. But I can do better than just “good” for my kids.
And that is why we homeschool.