This week’s Tell Me Tuesday question from AussieHomeschool is “Why did you bring them home?
My answer is easy…I never sent them away from home.
Being a primary (and early childhood) trained teacher and having worked in private schools I had seen first hand, from both sides of the fence, what school had to offer my children – mediocrity at best, heartache or delinquency at worst, a great divide between family and child and a gaping hole in my purse with nothing to show for it.
The most awful damage I saw happen repeatedly to every child was the sparkle in their eye that was snuffed out in the first year, often before the first term was finished. It didn’t matter how wonderful the teacher was or how well the school was resourced. I’ve seen the same thing at schools in lower socioeconomic areas and upper socioeconomic areas. I’ve seen it happen to family and friends’ children. Something special in them dies and they accept that school is their future for the next twelve years.
The ‘first day back at school’ news reports break my heart every year. God’s precious creations marched into school dragging heavy bags that won’t compare to the heavy burdens they’ll have to face.
How can that not bring a tear to your eye?!
When did five year olds become big enough to leave the nest and protective wing of mummy?
Don’t even get me started on Day Care and Kindergarten.
Thankfully I felt this way before I had children. I had heard of homeschooling and had always thought it sounded wonderful. My then fiance said “No Way. What about their socialisation?” After a few more years of teaching, a wedding and the birth of our first child, my ‘by then hubby’ changed his tune and said, “There’s no way we’re sending Ethan to school. We can do a much better job at home.” Ethan was around a week old at the time. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but I quickly investigated all the legalities of homeschooling before he had time to change his mind.
Here we are seven years later, perfectly happy with our choice with no intention of ever utilising the services of a school. No not even for high school. Gasp ! This is something that makes people so uncomfortable. They can sort of understand why you might try your hand at teaching in the lower grades, but just can’t comprehend how it could be possible to homeschool through high school. To be honest, I don’t know “how” yet either. But the bible says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” so I don’t have to worry or fret as long as I don’t rely on my own steam.
So that’s our homeschooling beginnings. I suppose you could say that we went to school for our children. Poor hubby is still there. Maybe one day we’ll be able to bring him home too.