Monday, February 27, 2012
We have two children, one is homeschooled and the other goes to public school. I choose to teach my son at home because he has ADHD severely enough that public school just could not give him the education he deserves. Our daughter goes to public school and thrives there, she is even in the Gifted and Talented program. So I believe that I can see the advantages and disadvantages of both methods. However, there are several things that I have never heard of happening in a homeschool setting: teenage girls getting pregnant, bullying, or a school shooting. The news today of a school shooting in Ohio saddens me and made me think. I'm from Jonesboro Arkansas where there was a school shooting at Westside Middle School in 1998. I know how something like this can devastate a community. It makes me worry for my daughter and her exposure to the possibility of this happening in her school.
Unlike most families who homeschool, I don't do so for religious or moral reasons. We chose to homeschool our son because we felt that the school was failing him. Now I'm starting to feel that public schools are failing all of our kids. Something has to be wrong when the teachers and administration of a school cannot see the bullying and other problems going on under their noses. When I look at the staff of my daughter's school I see distraction. They are so focused on making sure that the students meet certain standards on a shoestring budget that they can't see what is going on around them. Something is wrong with our public schools. Maybe it's time for the parents to step in and fix things.
Sorry about the rant.