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January 22, 2007


Judy Aron

Great Post!! My daughter sometimes mentions that she may be missing out on some things that her government school friends are doing.. but then realizes the things her friends miss out as well (and they often remind her how lucky she is and how cool they think homeschool is).. yup going down a different path you gain some and you lose some.. it's the nature of choice.


I appreciate your balanced perspective - this is what I believe also. ANY choice brings benefits, costs and trade-offs.


I've thought about this often myself, and one thing I've come back to (in addition to many of your points here) is that you aren't guaranteed to have those great experiences in public schools either, just because they are out there. I mean, we might hear about a wonderful sounding teacher or school program on TV or through the grapevine, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our children would get placed in any classes with those "wonderful" teachers or programs. Yes, there are good things about school, but there are also many good things about homeschool, as you so well pointed out.


I really enjoyed this post, thanks! Like you, I really enjoyed being in school. One thing I don't 'miss' by not sending my kids to school is what strikes me as the yearly lottery of institutional school -- will my child get a 'good' teacher or a 'good' class? I have many friends whose children are in school and they can have a great time one year and a horrible time the next and its all because of the teacher [or a classmate, if they are bullied].

One of the best things about homeschooling is the relationship between my kids and I don't think it would be as good if they were in school, certainly it wouldn't be as close.


i went to 1 private school through 5th grade. different private school for 3 years. and then homeschooled. if you hate going to school but are willing to teach yourself to get out of it you should try homeschooling. its easier sorta but you learn a lot more instead of spending 7 hours a day just going to sleep while the teacher talks.



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