I have read so many blogs lately where moms are writing why they chose to home-school their children. I have really enjoyed getting to see their perspectives and reasons. I tell people that sending Isaiah to a public school was a ‘no brainer’ but in truth, it took a lot of thought and prayer on our part. Around here we have 4 options. Those four are to home-school, private school, charter school or public school. The charter school is a school where parent involvement is high and required. While I like the idea of being involved in my son’s school I began to feel that this was not the solution for us. The school seems a little elitist and it there is a lottery drawing to see if your child is accepted. It just didn’t seem like the type of atmosphere I was wanting to put Isaiah in. Private school was actually one of our first choices. When we only had two children we felt this was doable. However, now with three, we have decided that our finances can be better spent than on school. The choice came down to homeschooling or public schooling. Let me tell you I live 2 minutes from the school so distance was not even considered. I drive further to preschool than the elementary. I often tell people that I would not be good as a teacher. While there is a little truth in that, I often use that as my reasoning for public school. It normally ends the conversation right there. I believe Isaiah needs to understand that sometimes people say things or do things that are not pleasing to God but that HE can be an example daily. I want him to know that God has placed a variety of leadership around him. He might not agree with everyone and their views but I want him to know how to be respectful towards each person in leadership. I also think it will help give him perspective that our house is truly his haven from the world. When I look at the future I see how we (Heath and I) might have the opportunity to minister to parents and children that our children meet. Home-school is not ruled out and we might choose that option one day. But this day, it is public school. I also know that we will have to purposely think on this decision with the other boys, too. I am unsure where some people get the belief that one type of schooling is superior to another. I think each child is unique (as well as each family) and therefore they require a thought provoked, prayer led decision. I don’t feel guilty but I fell confident I am making the best decision for Isaiah and I find peace in that.
Why I choose to send my child to school August 7, 2007