Thank you so much! I read your article tonight called, "What If Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?" Even though I'm a former public school teacher, and I do teach the Latin class just for homeschoolers, I do agree with your article, that too many "classes" outside of the home in the high school years can lead to disgruntled teens/young adults.
I'm planning to share that main point alone with my Latin class parents and students, telling them how our nice, well-behaved class is not the norm for schools, because I do agree with that. In our area, most of them get placed into our local Christian school during the high school years, and within 3-4 weeks, they become totally peer-centered, antagonistic toward their parents, flirtatious, and walk away from the Lord. After seeing several teen girls whom we highly respected and loved, turn that way within a matter of weeks, refusing to meet our eyes in the hallway at church and not wanting to talk with us at all, we decided then and there that our children will never be placed into our local Christian school, no matter how well-meaning the teachers are out there.
Thank you again for the permission to reprint some of your articles. Much appreciated! I especially like to post the high school articles there because once again, so little encouragement for the high school years is being offered in our area.
~Julieanne in Oregon
I let my daughter influence my decision, and she went back to high school 4 years ago. I regret it, as far as academics are concerned, because I do not think they did her justice.
She is graduating this year, and while she hasn't given up on her dream of becoming a librarian, we will have to take a different route than traditional college, as her GPA isn't high enough, nor her SATs.
It was a decision I struggled with so much. In the end, I let her heart win me out. I don't feel like a failure, because I am always involved in her education even though she has been a public school kid the last four years, but I do wish I could turn the hands of the clock back.
Live and learn, because I will not put either of my boys in public school, no matter how much they beg me lol.
Thank you for being willing to share your heart! Parenting is never easy, that's for sure.
Julieanne said "In our area, most of them get placed into our local Christian school during the high school years, and within 3-4 weeks, they become totally peer-centered, antagonistic toward their parents, flirtatious, and walk away from the Lord."
How much influence do those type of kids have on homeschooled youth?!? Well then, I guess I'd better tell my child that church is where we practice dealing with the world because, after all, church is a hospital for sinners, not a showcase for saints.
Sometimes, I post something that really strikes the heart of my readers. An old post I had about measuring character qualities other than academic ones, was one of those posts.