While we were on our vacation, we made a decision to start homeschooling Lane. Gerald and I felt that the school he was in had become a toxic environment for him, slowly killing off his self-confidence and love of learning.
Today I read a horrifying NY Times article about a young man being bullied in an Arkansas school district, and I couldn't help but wonder why these parents continue to send their child to that school. To make a point? At what cost?
To homeschool a young child requires privilege--enough money and resources to be able to serve as both parent and teacher, enough patience and social support to be able to manage your kids 24 hours a day without public school teachers to take them off your hands for 8 hours a day.
But to homeschool a teenager requires far less of that privilege. I hope that Billy Wolfe's parents can find a better solution for their son than sending back into that horrific environment day after day.