Not for Everyone, But Perhaps It Should Be

As a second-generation homeschooler, I can attest to the frustration and challenges inherent to this educational approach. Then again, those may not matter very much:

Is a mediocre education worth risking the parent-child relationship?  Not when home-schooled children typically out-perform their public school counterparts by 30-37 percentile points across the board.  Socializing all day (for that is truly what school has become,) is apparently not the most sensible way to nurture or instruct a child.

With so little to recommend a public education, the decision to send a child to school must be a product of societal conditioning. Responsible parents owe it to themselves and their families to investigate home schooling options.

As distressing as they are, the parents’ mundane declarations in this article articulate tremendous loss: the death tolls of those parent-child relationships.  They indicate great naïveté, and yes, selfishness. Tragically, these parents have speciously placed their hope and trust in an institutionalized “education” system that gradually but resoundingly destroys the very fabric of their family life and, consequently, the future role of family in our nation.

Do you know how long it took my grandmother to accept that her grandchildren (my siblings and I) were not shriveling up and drying out academically and socially? Until about the time my brother entered law school.

2 thoughts on “Not for Everyone, But Perhaps It Should Be

  1. My Mother-in-law was truly sure that I was ruining our children’s lives. So much so that when she called and asked where the children would attend school next year I told her Maple Ridge Christian Academy. “Well!” she told me,”At least they will have SOME socialization.”
    I didn’t tell her that I had named our “school” MRCA to get samples from curriculum companies.
    When the oldest was 15 she told me that I was an amazing Mom and always had been. (I was so surprised that I fell off of my chair.) Now 15 years later she is so proud of her grands and greatgrands. She is amazed that they were fun as teens, were amazing as young adults and didn’t have the “anti-social” time that her other grands had while separating from their parents.

    1. Mera,

      Thank you for your context. The bit about socialization really does seem to be stuck in the collective consciousness, doesn’t it?

      While there are those whose home school experiences have not been everything they could be, they are most certainly a minority.

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