Fixing Our Nation’s Schools At Home – One Homeschooling Family at a Time!

It seems our country is just having a heck of a time fixing our schools systems, and whenever someone gives it a running try, they seem to be cut down quickly by bureaucratic politics, teachers unions, and the rest. For instance Michelle Rhee did an outstanding job in the Washington DC school district cutting through the red-tape and bringing up test scores and teaching standards in her appointed position there as head of the schools. Unfortunately, appointed positions become un-appointed positions as the pendulum of politics swings back again – and it always does.

Indeed, Michelle Rhee today has now become an advocate and has started an advocacy group in Washington DC to take her vision and passion to fix America’s schools across the nation. However, as a parent with kids in school, we know we can’t wait for such plans to permeate across each state line and break-down the doors of political impasse, teacher union agreements, and school administrators. For us parents time is of the essence, and therefore, we need to do something now, right now, preferably yesterday. But what can we do? We can home school that’s what we can do.

Why you ask, well if you have the time to home school, and you know your child will not get the education you were hoping for, then what choice do you really have? Can you really afford to wait until all the schools are fixed? After all, Michelle Rhee fought the system to restore the schools in Washington DC, set an example of what can be accomplished, and in the end the system won out. This time, but even as this game continues to trudge on in the courts, in the schools, in the teachers unions, and at the school boards – you have to worry about your own family first. You can’t wait.

You and I may not be able to fight the school districts like Michelle was able to do, but we can ensure that our children’s education is complete. So, the choice is one you have to make, and thus, I recommend that you learn exactly what your choices are. Understand what’s going on in our public schools, what needs to be fixed, what you can do, and then decide if it’s worth it to try. Or if you just want to opt out and teach your own child at home. Please consider all this.

Additional Reading:

1. Wall Street Journal Article; “Rhee Starts School – Advocacy Groups,” by Stephanie Banchero, published on December 8, 2010.
2. Time Magazine Article; “Can She Save Our Schools? Teachers Hate Her. Principals Are Scared of Her. How Michelle Rhee Became the Most Revolutionary and Polarizing – Force in American Education,” by Amanda Ripley, December 8, 2002.

Home Schooling Is It For Your Family?

Almost 1.1 million children were home schooled in 2005, according to the National Center For Education statistics, At one time, homeschooling was something radical, similar to a declaration of independence. Conservative Christians first advocated the idea of homeschooling in 1980s and had it legalized in every state.

Today, the typical home schooler is not motivated by religion. The fact is parents are fed up with public school systems. They see the schools as places where too much learning is compulsory and superficial. Parents also have concerns about the negative and sometimes dangerous school environment, which has problems that range from abuse to drugs to unsavory peer pressure.

The homeschooling advocates of today represent a mix of people from all walks of life. They come from all religious and regional borders with the goal of providing productive and meaningful education to their children. They want their children to learn in ways that strengthen family bonds as well.

Modern homeschooling families are committed to the sanctity of childhood. Children are the primary focus for these families. Many feel that homeschooling lets them raise their children in a more natural and nurturing way. Public schools make these parents nervous, and they believe their children could be come anxious or mean by attending them. The children who receive homeschooling are protected from such negative influences until they are of an age to handle them.

The whole family is involved with modern homeschooling. The practice has a role for everyone. Parents bond with their children, and all experiences can become educational ones. Both mothers and fathers know exactly what their children are doing during homeschooling periods, and they have more control over the type of moral and religious values that impact the children. With homeschooling, even a simple act like watching a movie can become a learning activity. Things like going to the library become educational and recreational alike.

A family that is involved with homeschooling is generally dependent upon the income of a single ‘breadwinner’ who brings in the money. This fact tends to bring family members closer together because everyone in the family is involved with the process of saving money.

One of the advantages of homeschooling is that one parent is always at home to supervise the children, and to care for and nurture them with love. Every member of the family is involved with the activity of homeschooling, and there is no time for boredom.

There may be problems from time to time, and parents may feel moments of self-doubt and misgiving, but homeschooling families have the satisfaction of knowing that they are always there for each other. Homeschooling represents a very rich experience for the family.

Secular Homeschool Curriculum – You Have Many Choices

Are you interested in a secular homeschool curriculum for your child? Although at times it seems difficult to find a non-religious based curriculum, you do have many choices in not only curriculum, but delivery methods as well. This article will mention a few of those selections without advocating any particular one. You have many choices when it comes to homeschooling.

There are several High Schools which are accredited college preparation online home schools for grades nine through twelve and which offer technical and academic subjects. Some high schools offer courses by I-Pod, CD Rom, and textbook for grades one through twelve, though I-Pod delivery is limited to grades six through twelve. At least one school which is an accredited high school delivers its courses solely through correspondence for grades nine through twelve. It offers two different tracks – college preparation and general and the school issues a diploma to successful graduates.

There is also a Pre K and kindergarten school which delivers its curriculum via monthly kits which sometimes include lots of freebies such as crayons, coloring books, etc. This is an accredited k-12 school which delivers its curriculum via online, textbooks, and project based. It is what might be called a “full service” school in that it offers an actual high school graduation ceremony at its campus, offers membership in the National Honor Society as well as several student clubs. But perhaps most importantly to your child, this school offers a high school prom!

As you can see, you have lots of choices for a secular homeschool curriculum. Not only do you have choices in curriculum, you also have choices in its delivery. Of course, you will want to consider your child’s capabilities and what works best for your child. After all, you want your child to have the best educational experience possible at home.