Why does it have to be us vs. them? Public school VS home-school. Yep, I'm going there. Why? Because I'm angry. I'm angry at the assumptions about public school parents. The assumptions that we don't teach our kids anything. That we just send them off to school and don't care. That we just let the school raise them. Guess what? THEY DON'T!
I spent the first 5 years of my oldest sons life teaching him his ABC's, shapes, colors, math, how to spell and anything else I could. He was reading at the age of 4. Spelled his first word at age 4.5. I then, hesitantly, sent him to Kindergarten. Guess what I did when he came home from school? I continued to teach him. Did I ignore his education and let the school teach him whatever they wanted? NO. I honestly don't know any public school parent that does. I'm sure they are out there, but I don't know them.
He is now 9.5 years old and in the 4th grade. And guess what? His education doesn't stop when he leaves school. I have not stopped teaching him. He learned about centrifugal force at the laundry mat with me. We learn, all the time. We do the same things that those home-schooled families do, just in a different time frame. We may not do it on weekdays during the hours of 8-3, but we do it.
What really gets my goat is when I hear stuff like "only a home-school parent would do something like that!" Uh, guess what. You are wrong. Even non-home-schooling parents will gather their children around to stare at a bug on the sidewalk and then research it at the next possible opportunity. Even non-home-school parents will read to their children for hours just because the child wants to. Even non-home- school parents have "school" supplies all over the house because their children were doing some great project.
Home-school families aren't the only ones that make butter with their children. Or use cookie making to teach math.
And non-home-school parents like to see educational websites too. Or printable's for the kids. Or free resources that we can use to enrich our children's lives and educations.
We have kids who aren't afraid to be themselves. We also can have kids who don't care what the rest of the world is doing. We also have kids who do what they want, regardless of what their school-mates might say.
Why? Because WE taught them. Yes, shocking, isn't it? Public school parents actually teaching their kids stuff? Oh my, I think the home-school community just gasped and fainted. It couldn't be possible! Could it??? Yes, yes it is. :)
So, the next time you want to start bashing or making fun of public-schoolers, remember, there are those of us who care about our children's educations.
And don't tell us 'homeschooling is best for everyone', because it isn't.