Random idea, I know, but I read a really funny post at I Need To Sit Down and became inspired.
I was homeschooled through junior high and highschool, and I’m glad I was. I wasn’t the sort of kid to do well in public school or in any of the area Catholic schools. I got a decent education out of it, and I think my mom and dad did a good job.
That being said, I really, profoundly do not think homeschooling should be a good Catholic’s only choice. It is such a mistake for homeschoolers to assume that it’s the right decision for everyone. It should be a choice, based on the needs of each individual child, and taken seriously enough to ensure your child gets a real education. There are people who will disagree with me, and say that the world is so bad, and Catholic schools are so bad that no Catholic worth his blessed salt should send his kids out of the house. Well, the world is pretty bad. A lot of Catholic schools are bad, too, and don’t fulfill their mission. But, having taught homeschoolers, and having been homeschooled myself, I can say with confidence that the families who homeschool based out of “reactionaryism”, rather than out of concern for the well-being of the individual child, generally do a very bad job of it. Some families don’t do any work at all, or they sit their kids down and expect them to fill in the workbooks with hardly any interaction from the parents. In some families, Dad does nothing, Mom gets overwhelmed and the kids reap the benefits of resentment. And then, of course, there is the two plus two equals Jesus crowd (you know the type;. they have beards, and the curriculum is so Christocentric that even the artithmetic books have to do with the economy of salvation). The result is always the same: rebellious children who lead double lives. They’re one way with their parents, another with everyone else, and ignorance abounds.
We plan on homeschooling Philomena for the early years. If it goes well, and we can’t afford/don’t like the Catholic school options, we’ll continue, basing our decision on what works for our family. In all of the decisions we’re fluid. It’s ultimately up to what God wants from us. He’s not going to screw our child up, so we’ll listen, and see what He says.