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What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?

My article "What If Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?" was recently published by Bizymoms.com, and it got quite a response!  I had an interesting email conversation with Julieanne that I wanted to share, because I thought others might enjoy the follow-up articles I suggested.  Thank you, Julieanne, for giving me permission to share your comments.

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Lee,
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

Dear Julieanne,
I do have an article that discusses these concepts as they apply to homeschool coops.  Here is the link:
Cooped Up in a Co-op?

Writing about co-ops is a very touchy subject for some, but at the same time I see it as a real "fad" these days.  Co-ops certainly fill a need in some situations, but in this environment I see parents using it as their default position, you know?

Here is another link that is specific to Parent Partnership Programs
Parent Partnership Problems "Love with Some Strings Attached"

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I would really appreciate it if you would nominate my blog for the 2009 Homeschool Blog Awards.  Last year I won Best Curriculum/Business blog and came in 2nd for Best Encourager.  I'm hoping this year I have been more encouraging!
College Scholarships Result From Preparation
Homeschool: Doing is More Important the Planning
 

Comments 3

Guest - Stephanie (website) on Monday, 26 October 2009 13:32

Lee,
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.

Lee, 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.
Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 26 October 2009 13:39

Stephanie,
Thank you for being willing to share your heart! Parenting is never easy, that's for sure.
Blessings,
Lee

Stephanie, Thank you for being willing to share your heart! Parenting is never easy, that's for sure. Blessings, Lee
Guest - J W on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 19:46

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.

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.
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