Wow, what a way to start a post huh. Well, actually a short series, with this being the first. Why in the world would anyone ever think that public school could be an enemy? Well, as a homeschooler their seems to be an unspoken stigma about using the public school system. That if we take advantage of it, there must be something wrong with our teaching or parenting. I am here today to tell you that public school is NOT the enemy.
Yes, public school is way different than homeschooling, but that does not mean it is bad. In fact there may be times that using the public school system is a much better choice for a family. Maybe your family. In my opinion, homeschooling has so many advantages. Enough for us and so many others to have even started down the homeschooling road in the first place, when it obviously is not the norm. There definitely is something to say for that, however that does not mean it is for everyone, or even for always.
Are you a homeschooler secretly thinking about enrolling your child in the public school system? How do you make that decision and once decided on, how do you make the transition a good experience for everyone? Those are all good questions that I feel need to be addressed. Hey, someone should do it, right? So why not me! If I were you, I would be thinking, “Now, wait a minute. This is a homeschooler. How can she tell me all about using the public school system, if she has always homeschooled all her kids?” You would be right. I have homeschooled all my kiddos from day one, however we made the transition of my oldest going to our local public school last winter. “Wait, what did you say?!?” Yes, I did say that my oldest is now enrolled in the public school system.
There is a long story that goes with it, but basically he really wanted to try it out. He felt like he didn’t have many friends, for one. For two, he wanted to see what it would be like to have different teachers. My husband and I both did not want to go down that road. Partly due to that unspoken stigma, but also because we really felt that he would lose some of the values he has grown up knowing and standing on. Also he would be dealing with all ADHD kids have to deal with in a school system. After a lot of thought, prayer and conversation we decided to give it a shot, but would still continue to homeschool our two younger kiddos. We may go back to homeschooling him down the road, but for now he is enjoying public school.
So when I say all this, know that it is from an adamant homeschooler, partly gone public school. I hope that you are able to walk away with some tips and tricks for walking this public school path, if you so choose. If not, then maybe you will be able to walk away with a better appreciation and respect for the public school system and we can throw away that unspoken stigma. First up, how we go about making this all important decision to transition to public school. Stay tuned here at Faithfilled Chaos for our next post where we will be diving right into that topic.
In the mean time, please take a minute and comment below about how you feel on this subject of public school. It is a very much a debated topic, so let’s have some great conversation!