There are a lot of reasons for home schooling one’s children. We don’t have just one reason behind our decision, and I’m sure that is true of most, if not all, home schooling families. Some of our reasons included:
- Financial considerations. No matter how you look at it, home schooling costs less than traditional schooling, and you have the opportunity to provide a much higher standard of education than many of the local schools offer.
- Concerns about peer pressure and stress. We were concerned that the challenges facing children from both peers and teachers were both damaging and unnecessary, and certainly not conducive to developing a love of learning in our children.
- Labeling. With one child classified “ADD” and one child deemed to be physically delayed, I felt the girls were being unfairly marginalised and not developed to their full potential. No one likes to be stigmatised for any reason.
- Curriculum. I have been getting more and more concerned about what is actually being taught to my children. For one thing, I don’t think the standards in local schools are high enough. For another thing, important facts are being ignored or completely altered. Also, I am a staunch creationist and I intend that my children should know this truth about the universe, too. Staying in a local school would not achieve this. For the girls to be honest about what they believe, they would have failed classes in school. The alternative was to lie. Neither of these is an acceptable outcome to me.
These are just some of the reasons we chose to home school, and I’m sure ever home schooling family can add their own reasons to the list. But this week the news media seems to be on my side, inadvertently adding to the list of good reasons to home school:
For starters, when commenting on the 100% pass rate achieved by the matriculants of the Oprah Winfrey academy for girls, the world-famous talk show host expressed concerns that the standard of education in this country is too low. (Read the article here).
Then there were the widespread reports of first-day chaos around the country. No spaces in schools. Not enough resources: textbooks, stationery, uniforms, chairs, tables. Kids not registered and trying to sneak into schools. Kids who can’t get to school unless they swim across the local river. Seriously. Not enough teachers. How does the school year start without all of these things in place? It’s unfathomable how unprepared the schools are, and scary for the poor children missing out on their right to education. (Read more here).
And then finally, today I read an article about Richard Dawkins celebrating his UK victory over creationists by essentially having the teaching of creation banned in schools. Not exactly, but they lose funding if they teach it. According to Dawkins, evolution is scientific fact while creation is nothing more than myth. Without going into the masses of detailed proof that creation is true, it’s simpler to point out that evolution is nothing more than a theory. Even evolutionists can’t agree on the basics, so what makes it more right than creation? There’s more on this subject at the Answers in Genesis website.
However, the debate between evolution and creation is not the point of this post or this blog. The point is that this kind of action provides a very good motivation for taking the kids out of main stream schools and teaching them myself. Which is what I’d better go and do now, rather than updating my blog any further.