As I expected, I missed some important points in my last post and probably offended a few people along the way.
As some of you know, I am passionate about education first, and home education second. If your child is in a traditional school, I am happy to talk about their curriculum, instruction, assessment, fun projects, field trips, and everything else that goes along with school, for hours on end. If I did not have kids of my own, I would most likely still be a classroom teacher and enjoying it. I loved school as a student and as a teacher, though it did open my eyes a little bit to some things that concerned me.
More recently, I have become passionate about home education because of the many advantages I see in it for our family, both for my children and for my husband and myself. Having more time with my children is not just a benefit for me; it is a benefit for all of us. Additionally, being able to provide individualized support to each child is a huge benefit. There are many, many other reasons, which I have written in a long list elsewhere.
My last post was not about the benefits for my children of homeschooling; it was an inquiry into the minds of other moms who do or do not have the same desire. I wanted to hear people's experiences and opinions as I try to come to terms with my own.
As usual, written communication leaves something to be desired, and it is probably best if I continue these conversations in person. In fact, I have been advised to take a long break from social media, which for me is primarily blogging and Facebook, in order to tune out and filter out many of the influences that really should not be influencing me. I'll be taking that person's advice and closing up shop here in a few days.
On a final note, there is a school that was not on our radar before that recently found its way into my mind and heart. Like I said before, we are not closing any doors. One of the reasons I wanted to understand opinions from all sides is to see how I relate and discern what truly is the best option for us.