We've been talking about homeschooling lately. This is a strange conversation for me, because I am a product of public education - all the way through - and I really loved it. I have no philosophical issue with public school. But we live in a city that doesn't value public education, and all of its resources end up in magnet or private schools. People just don't value public education in my area, and any school whose resources have been sucked dry is going to be dire soil for learning. As much as I would love to be the one to stand up and say, "Let's all use public schools together, and make them a better place for our community," I'm not willing to use my children's lives to prove a point.
I like homeschooling because it allows children to grow in the areas they love, at their own pace, and gives our family more time with each other. It's like an acquaintance wisely said to me - Yes, we all have to learn to function in the real world without our parents. But do we really have to do that when we're five years old? That's my question too. In thinking about socialization, we will still use local (non-religiously affiliated) sports and extracurricular activities for our kids. Also, we had seventeen kids at Silas' birthday party, and Silas is not yet in school. Our social circle is pretty wide already.
Anyway, we've been talking about homeschooling. But I'm having a hard time accepting it. Not because I don't love the philosophy behind it, not because I don't think my children would do well in it. But because I don't own a blue jean jumper. I just don't feel like I'm conservative enough to home school. I have a part-time job that I don't want to leave. I don't hate the government. And if we do homeschool, my children's education will not be solely religious - I don't even know if I would use a religious curriculum.
So I am asking - what are your preconceived notions about homeschooling? Who do you know who home schools successfully? How did they choose their curriculum?
What are your thoughts?