Let’s just be honest for a minute- most parents have always taken their child’s education a bit for granted. Whatever school is located in their district is the default choice. Only if there are serious issues in the local school are those parents moved to consider other options.
This tide is beginning to turn. No longer are local schools chosen by default. School choice is in headlines and and the topic of conversations more and more often. Homeschooling is not just for “scary religious people anymore”. Parents are putting some thought into the where and when and how of schooling for their children.
This is a good thing.
What kinds of questions should parents ask in order to make this decision? It’s been a long time since my husband and I had those discussions, trying to figure out what would be best for our kids. But Becky Gruebmeyer, blogging at Working Moms Against Guilt, just made the decision to try homeschooling her daughter.
Her blog post, To Home School or Not to Home School? lays out her careful, thoughtful, and intelligent approach. She writes about her personal journey, researching home education, meeting homeschoolers, and discovering that some of her ideas about homeschooling were inaccurate. She weighs all the options available to her, taking her daughter’s feelings and needs into consideration as well.
Kudos to Becky for not only taking the question of schooling seriously, but for sharing her feelings and thought processes about a deeply personal decision. We wish her and her daughter the best!