It's 2:09 am and I won't be able to sleep until I get this off my chest.
I'm sure most of you have heard about the homeschooling legal issues in California. That's not really what I want to talk about. That's one courts opinion and it hasn't changed anything yet.
I've been torturing myself by reading the comments in the news articles. My blood pressure is through the roof. As a homeschooler the obvious comments bother me, of course. Socialization, teacher credentials, religion, etc. What is not obvious is what the other side says, my side, that equally bugs me.
I should start by saying that I soared through public school unhappy but with a very good GPA. I was in advanced classes and it was assumed/pushed on us that "of course" we would go to college. By the end of my sophomore year of high school I begin to crack. My near 4.0 turned into a 1.5 my junior year. I sat in my advanced classes but didn't do any work. I was terrified and having my own teenage break down. I left school at the end of my junior year. I homeschooled and finished my senior year in 2 months during the summer with a 4.0.
What scares me about some homeschooling proponents is all of the 'my kid is in 2nd grade and reads at a 6th grade level' and all the list making of how this homeschooler went to Harvard and that 2 year old won the 8th grade spelling bee.
I do understand where these people are coming from. People want their choice to be validated. They don't want to be seen as the crazy liberal hippy or bible thumping abortion protester. (I'm not saying there's anything wrong with either) They want homeschooling to sound reasonable and beneficial.
I want those things too. I also don't want there to be a bunch of stressed out kids with parents pushing and pushing and pushing so that they can prove they, kids and parents, aren't slacking. I want average to be ok and good enough. I want my kids best to be good enough. I want it to be ok if he likes math better then writing and do better at it. Or if she likes science but not excel at reading. If Isaac or Ramsey want to go to Harvard, or beauty school, or own a business, or be a mail carrier, or a stay at home parent, or a plumber, or a volunteer...... I want any of those things to be good enough. I want my kids to only have to prove things to themselves.
Anyone know where I'm coming from.