So I’ve been thinking about homeschooling. It’s on my mind partly because Fluffy ran afoul of the Kindergarten rules three times today and wants to stay home from now on, partly because the boys feel being loaded into the car twice a day to drop off and pick up their sister is cruel and unusual punishment while I feel that waiting in the car with them screaming their eyes out is crueller and unusualler punishment, and partly because I stumbled across a super-self-righteous homeschooler mom’s blog that insisted my kids will learn nothing in school except how to turn off their brains and conform.
It seems obvious to me that homeschool is more efficient. I have given Fluffy a break from her daily reading, writing and math lessons because she’s so tired after school, and now I fear she isn’t learning anything. I try to ask her about what she’s learning, but apart from the actions to “The Land is Your Land”, the only thing she says she’s learned is that you get a time out if you lift up your head during quiet time.
Now, I’ve definitely known amazing homeschooled kids as well as homeschooled weirdos, just as I’ve known amazing public/private schooled kids as well as public/private schooled weirdos. I don’t want my kids to be awkward, at least no more awkward than I.
I tried to find some evidence of how well homeschooled kids perform on tests and in life compared to public/private schooled kids. This article offered the evidence for and against with no conclusions because the studies all seem to have fundamental flaws including self-selection bias. It is impressive that homeschooled kids are over-represented in spelling bees, geography bees, math bees, birdsand bees and so forth. However, homeschooling also lends itself to monomaniacal focus on bee-prep, so I don’t know how valid an indicator bee participation actually ends up bee-ing.
I don’t think I have it in me to homeschool either way, so maybe I’m just neurotically torturing myself about my parenting. Did I mention this particular my-way-is-the-only-right-way homeschooler also breastfed her kids until they were two even though she was so stressed out from working full time during that period that she stabbed herself in the face and had to be treated for mental illness? I’m a proponent of breastfeeding, but gee-friggin-wiz. I feel like taking care of the twins during stomach flu already took me close enough to face-stabbing that if I added homeschooling to the mix I would have to rid the house of knives.
Homeschooling is probably not for me (with the possible exception of the last year of middleschool) but what I am taking away from this flirtation with homeschool is a determination to pump some geography into Fluffy bee-prep style and show those homeschool punks a thing or two.