i have been a lurker on these boards for a long time now and thought it was time i posted. it enfuriates me to see the amount of people on this board condemning those who send their kids to public schools. as a parent, i care very strongly about my child’s education and that’s why i do not homeschool them. i am offended by the overwhelming criticism of public schools on this board, and the amount of people who have a superiority complex believing they are better parents because their kid doesn’t go to the ‘evil, anti-catholic public school’ and that parents who send their kids to school don’t care about their education nor about bringing their children up the correct way.
i have four children and i sent them all to a public school. for a while my wife and i discussed homeschooling and then decided we would be selfish to do that to our children. we wanted them to have the school experience and to be able to interact with children their own age on a daily basis. we also knew we couldn’t provide them as good an education at home. we both have college degrees, but we aren’t in the know of every area of learning. there are things we possibly couldn’t teach, for example my wife and i both have degrees in the humanities area so there’s no chance we could give our children a sufficient education in science and math. we didn’t want to deprive them of a well-grounded education so that’s one reason we decided to send our children to a public school where they can be taught by qualified teachers. say whatever you want to say about teachers; you cannot possibly say you can give your children a better education in every area than a qualified teacher in their respective teaching field can.
we looked into correspondence and the curriculum was clearly inferior to the public school curriculum. the catholic homeschool syllabi’s have far too much religion woven into almost every strand of learning, so students are getting a very one-sided education where they are not geting the full benefit of education, that is being exposed to all different kinds of thought and knowledge. another problem we had was the curriculum was not comprehensive, it was very basic and also looked far too easy for our children. we looked into several homeschool curriculums, namely MODG, Seton, Kolbe, even A Beka and they all were too basic and narrow. they also didn’t seem very interesting and seemed more about pushing catholic or christian beliefs onto children rather than providing them with a good, solid education.
at public school they were constantly being challenged by their work, and by ideas and beliefs that were different to their own. they enjoyed this immensely. one thing that homeschooling lacks is seeing different perspectives. my children got to know all different kinds of perspective because of this, my children are all very open-minded and have knowledge in areas that a homeschool curriculum wouldn’t have been able to give them. being around people who had ideas different to them didn’t set them on the wrong track in the slightest, if anything it put them off going down these tracks. often sheltered children are fine until they get out into the real world then they rebel when they come into contact with the things their parents tried to hide them from. we didn’t want this to happen to our children, hence why we did not shelter them. they came into contact with all sorts of people at public school, people of different religions, beliefs, race, etc. all the different kinds of people you find out in the real world. if we had homeschooled them, they wouldn’t have come into contact with different ideas and people and would have had a wakeup call when they got into the real world.
as for catholic schools, if we skimped and saved we would have enough money to send our children to one. but we agreed the money would be better spent sending our children to college. we weren’t convinced that catholic schools offer a better education either.
my eldest son went to a public school and he is now studying to be a doctor. one of my daughters just got accepted to do Law. they are both very serious about their faith and attend mass every sunday, not out of us forcing them, but because they choose to. we showed our children what religion could do for them in their lives but let them make the choice. we presented them opportunities to attend Catechism classes and join youth group. at home we taught them values we felt were important to catholics in modern society and what they learned at home they were able to employ outside at home, namely at school. they were able to lead by good example, and they helped several people from going down the wrong track.
so please, give us parents who send our kids to public schools a break. i hope this post has been of some value to those considering homeschooling and/or public school for their children.
God bless you all!