homeschooling lane

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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.

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Good luck with that big change! I was home schooled from 8th grade on, I've seen the benefits first hand. Lane is very lucky to have parents willing to take this task on.

Articles like that are one of my responses when people ask "But what about socialization?" when they ask me about our decision to Homeschool.

Anyways, Welcome aboard the homeschooling "bus", and I hope it works well for Lane!

wow, I get the part about not having to "watch" teenagers 24 hours a day like you would a young child, but you are still both parent and teacher. In my experience of working with, and raising teens, the challenges they face are enormous because of the arenas they deal with: cultural, political, sexual, identity, career, college, and on and on. I'm not saying homeschooling is a bad idea. My sister homeschools her six kids. I am saying don't underestimate how intense it is to raise teenagers who are trying to find themselves, who fall in love, who are tested by our culture, never mind teaching them calculus, political theory, chemistry....

I think that intensity is there whether your kids are spending 8 hours a day in a formal school environment or not. The difference is that now he (and we) have a lot more say about the social and educational contexts he's in.

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