16 years ago we started homeschooling on a dare from our oldest daughter, who had just turned seven. Now she and her closest sibling are attending a prestigious private university and their four younger siblings are still homeschooling.
I don't hate public schools, they can be a valid resource. But I hate the erroneous notion that they should be the singular source (or even the primary source) for educating our kids. I hate the nonsensical (and harmful) belief that school boards or elementary education majors or teachers' unions should decide what is best for our children and/or that they are better educators. Our kids deserve better.
After a brief homeschooling encounter on FaceBook a few weeks ago — with yet another uninformed person claiming supreme knowledge about all things homeschooling — I thought I'd share with you ten really stupid reasons for attending public school. Keep in mind, these aren't made up. These are all reasons that I have been told over and over (and over) for approaching two decades now, from public school parents.
Children should attend public school in order to:
- Deal with bad teachers
- Sit at a desk for hours
- Take tests
- Take timed tests
- Take timed test under pressure
- Let mom have “me” time
- Get along with other people
- Deal with disappointment
- Respond to bullies
- Walk from class to class
As always, my questions are:
- Is going to school for 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, for 13 years the only way to learn these things?
- Is going to school for 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, for 13 years the most efficient way to learn these things?
You tell me.