Public Education Defenders: Our Decision To Homeschool
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    We recently decided to pull out our 8 year old and start homeschooling him using Time 4 Learning. Politically we have supported public education, teachers unions and are most concerned with "legitimate" and "recognized" education transcripts than "creative" education. However, after several years of putting up with my sons school which has only resulted in him getting suspended and the staff judging us as parents, we are starting to homeschool. Here is our manifesto that we sent to the principle:

    "We are writing to inform you that we have been approved to start homeschooling our son and today will be his last day of school. While we have come up with the decision to homeschool after he got into trouble for agression two days in a row, we can’t help but realize that our son has these kinds of problems almost exclusively at school and we believe it is a reaction to his unpleasant experience while at school. He has very little problems playing with other children at Monkey Joes, public parks, in the neighborhood, and when he has visitors, or is visiting, other children, which he does often.
    Our son is appropriately punished with loss of all privileges, extra homework, and long lectures everytime he brings home a note from school but we have come to realize this does little good because, as we have come to understand, the issue has more to do with his experience with the school. His teacher explained to us in our last parent/teacher conference that our son knows a lot of the material he is supposed to and she believes he is capable of understanding everything but that he has trouble paying attention to instruction unless its within a small group. That discussion really shed the light on the larger issues we have been dealing with as well as the fundamental problem with the schools solution of putting kids on drugs and blaming the parents. If a student can only learn in small groups and with close supervision, than the problem is that the school simply cannot provide the type of instruction that is necessary.
    Prescribing drugs to these types of learners than, is a horrible way of compensating for an incompatibly between a legitimate learning style and a specific kind of instruction. We have taken our son to two child psychology professionals; one local cognitive therapist and one university professor who specializes in ADHD, child psychology, and has spoken at conferences throughout Europe. The cognitive therapist did diagnose our son with inattentive ADHD after she visited with him for a few hours and had us fill out a questionaire. But after the professor spent a few hours with our son and performed some tests she was of the opinion that our son does not show any signs of having any diagnosable learning or behavioral disabilities and concluded that what he required was instruction that catered to his learning style. Therefore, we have concluded that the problems our son has been having at school, both academically and behaviorally, is due to the (inevitable) incompatibilty of the schools approach to education. Expecting an 8 year old who is faced with a learning environment that is counterintuitive to his learning style, and who experiences friction because of it, to not act out in some way is a lot like poking a dog and expecting it to sit quitely.
    We do understand that the school system simply cannot cater to every students learning style and we don’t hold anything against the school for it, but we’re concerned by the school’s unawareness of possible causations outside of its narrow beliefs and we’re alarmed by the school’s reactionary response to them. The notion that he is a bad student or that we are bad parents and the solution to put our son on drugs to alleviate the problems he’s been having at school, have been both implicitly and explicitly implied by the school staff throughout his time there. As we have said, our son is better behaved at home and with friends then he is at school and we are repeatedly insulted by the idea that the school staff can teach us about parenting when they themselves don’t know how to deal with our son at school.
    Given the probability, or even possibility, that our son’s issues stem from his reactionary response to the incompatibility of the schools educational approach and the inhospitable environment that naturally results, the schools reactions and solutions seem grossly inadequate. A thorough examination of the possible issues and the development of a plan of action should have included an analysis of his learning style, as we understand this is taught to every college student studying education in this country. Instead, we are assured by teachers and staff that they have seen the behavior of “problem” students improve when they are prescribed drugs, but this is little comfort, or seems relevant, when we are told in the same breath that our son does just fine in small groups or one-on-one. Even despite our opinion that this is like buying a tranquilizer gun and calling yourself a “dog whisperer.” Therefore, after listening and trusting the schools position for the last few years, we have learned from observing what goes on in the school concerning our son’s educational and behavioral state, that public school is actually more damaging than it is helpful to him at this time and that homeschooling and professional tutoring services can offer him a better educational experience."

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    so have they responded to you?? I am always interested in what they say back when we send in letters like this!
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