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7/9/18 1:07 A

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I had 9 children within 13 years.
We've always been financially 'poor', since my husband struggled with some deteriorated disc issues and needed two surgeries; and later was bedridden for 6 months, and off work for 5 years.. While he WAS bedridden, guess who helped with the finances....
The young adult children.

God provides, where he guides.

And now Hubby is back on his feet and doing well. Starts new job on Wednesday (Yea!!!)

The education we gave our children would not necessarily get them into college, and they know that if they decide they want to go, they will have to learn a few more things.
We are not a college family. We are a 'work-with-our-hands' family. And they do well, there.

Our goal was to give them the skills needed to LIVE, (not be WEALTHY) and to live MORALLY.
And to keep the negative viewpoint of God and Country at bay, which seems to be coming out of the public school system over the last two decades.

So far, so good. But I always keep in mind that children are PEOPLE, and that PEOPLE make mistakes. And really, you can get good or bad from any choice of education we make.
Still, my choice, no matter how difficult it gets, is to home-educate. The longer I do it, the better I get at it.

Edited by: SUSANSKI at: 7/9/2018 (01:11)
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7/1/18 3:30 P

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Jackie, We all do the best we can, at the moment of time, with what we have.

You brought up an a good point of finances. Someone had once commented to me they knew I homeschooled because it was cheaper. It was certainly cheaper than private, but not public. And now that my son is in high school, the cost of curriculum is even more expensive.

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7/1/18 11:32 A

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I went to a private Catholic school and loved it. My sister followed me and hated it, however I think she was later diagnosed with dyslexia which was not treated that long ago. (Since then my daughter was diagnosed and not treated properly with it, and my guess is that my Mother and my sister had it too and it ran in the family).

So when my children (4 under 4 and then one more ) were ready for school I had my hands full and home schooling, which was becoming popular then was unthinkable for me to add to my schedule...I also worked in a family business, part time (needed after my father's death). I also have a teaching degree from college so it would have fit, in that sense.

And, at that time we were so low on finances, my DH starting his own business and I working part time yet there was no money for us to send our kids to the Catholic school nearby and off they went to public school.

Our public school is highly rated and recently was rated top in the state, however my experience is that my kids were short changed, especially the child with dyslexia.

As DH's business flourished I was able to get kids #3,4 and 5 into private schools. However, they had built up friendships and it didn't work for #3. Se returned to public school. #4 completed private school and entered college as a sophomore, # 5 with dyslexia couldn't keep up with private schooling and transferred back to not learning in public school, but she graduated and continued on to further education of her choice.

I lived these years bewildered and confused as (unknown to me) the systems were changing. There was no way I would have been able to add home schooling to my schedule. My biggest challenge was facing the schools with a bright child who couldn't read and not understanding why nor what I could do about it - when I looked at the faces of her teachers with blank faces...about half of them worked hard to overcome this disability with her and lacked time to do it properly, their hands were tied too...the other half put her into the dummy classes...

My youngest of 5 turned 50 this year. She is a cook in a nursing home and loves it, but struggles to support herself and the furry friends she adopts :) I'm proud of all she has accomplished, but regret I was not able to provide a better education for her.

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Susan, I can always count on you to go into depth. Thank you. emoticon

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6/27/18 2:35 A

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Home-Education all the way.
Have been doing that very thing since 1999. Have graduated 5 with 4 more to go.
They have NEVER been hidden from life and have more life experience than many, since they are out in the world instead of stuck in a classroom for hours on end, 5 days a week, NOT being able to socialize. (after all, 'can't talk in class' is a rule, right? And at lunch, 'don't talk with your mouth full' right? Where does socialization take place?)
My children serve neighbors and the elderly, and can be trusted with child-care. They serve in church, mentoring younger children in VBS or the Fall Carnival, distributing meals at Thanksgiving or gifts at Christmas. They have interest in politics, they earn pay from a young age by people eager to hire them for odd jobs, and recommend them for employment as teens.

Colleges love home-educated students.
Employees hire them with glee. Why? Because they can't find public-schooled kids with a strong work ethic, adult manners, who dress well, are willing to learn the job, and who don't act childishly. Their words.
I could never choose a government school. Can't stand the idea of un-doing the damage done. Not worth it. (OH, and my children AGREE and prefer home-schooling.)
And as students who weren't impressed with our own public school experience (even in good towns) which includes highest teen pregnancy, drug-use, and violence rates- yes in a wealthier district, my husband and I feel that any academics they MIGHT meek out of it, isn't going to be worth it, when our child's soul is stolen.

Also, to clear up any other misconceptions, I will add four things.
1. Home-Education is merely PARENT-DIRECTED education. Parents are not required to do all the teaching; they can hire and fire anyone they wish to do the job.
2. It doesn't take a certificate or license to be a good Teacher. Some of those are simply terrible at their jobs. And some parents, who've never even graduated high school, have sent their children on to the best universities.
3. I know soooo many public school TEACHERS, who refuse to send their own child to public school. So there's that.
4. Age-grouped schooling is NOT real life socialization. Where else in the entire world is there a place of employment or any other organization that groups people by age? NO where. And that is one of the beauties of being educated among your family. You work with people younger, or of similar age, or of middle age (parents) or of senior age (grandparents) on a pretty regular basis, learning from all the vast first-hand experience of those people. No one in one family has the same personality, therefore each member must learn to communicate with several personality styles. Public school is an artificial environment, that doesn't prepare you for real living, just further in-class schooling. Not a fan.

My opinion. Thanks for asking.

Edited by: SUSANSKI at: 6/27/2018 (02:41)
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6/25/18 10:36 P

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I'm at the tail end of raising my last child. If I had to do it all over again I would homeschool. I've had too much interaction with public schools, (as a student, as a parent, as a volunteer, and as an employee), to go down that road again.

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Public school and made sure they received guidance for life at home.




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I not only sent mine to public school but stayed very active in his school and other activities. He is an awesome man! I worked full time but he was my main focus.

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Home school. I know of a few who were home schooled or are being home schooled and they do fine out in the public world.



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I would still send them to public school if that is what you are asking. I would just teach manners and common curtesy at home. like mom did. Don't want them hidden from the world they will have to live and work in

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I really don't know....

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If you had young children to raise (or currently do), how would you choose to educate them? (considering our last question about the lack of morality in our country).

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