Recently my family learned that we are having some big changes come to our life. I learned back in february that my employer is closing the location that I am working at here in Edmonton. This has prompted me to look at my options and consider what I will need to do as I prepare for a big change in my career.
I have been offered a position with my employer in Victoria British Columbia Canada. I have accepted this offer and I am now preparing for a big move to a city 1400 km from the city I have lived in for my entire life.
With a move to a new city comes new schools and curriculum from what we have been used to in Alberta. Schooling is something that we have struggled with, most notably with our eldest daughter who has struggled to learn effectively.
Homeschooling is something we have been considering for quite some time. We have not done it at this point but likely would have for my daughter’s grade 7 year anyway with a change in schools. This relocation and move however has given us a reason to reconsidered home schooling now rather than later.
Over the past year both me and my wife have taken serious consideration to pulling our daughter out of the public system and homeschooling her. We have looked at all options, alternatives, laws concerning home schooling and cost associated with it.
We have struggled for many years with out daughter’s continued lack of progress and general unhappiness with public school. It has been a struggle for both her and us as her parents to see her not succeeding and still being 2 grade levels behind the grade level she should be at.
She has been to many different schools and all of them have failed to adequately educate her effectively and set her up for success. Often being taught conflicting values and biased one-sided ideology concerning many issues while failing to address effectively the core problems of reading, writing and math which should be the core education that she will need to succeed.
As we have evaluated our options we have come to determine that public school is in fact detrimental to her success as it consistently fails to address her needs concerning her education. We as her parents have researched and evaluated home schooling and the benefits associated with it. Everything we have seen and read up on indicated from numerous different sources that home school kids consistently out perform their public school counterparts in every academic and social aspect of their learning with up to 25% actually exceeding their grade level counterparts and being 1-2 grades ahead of the public system.
Our public system is failing our kids. It is not beneficial and based on our experience and that of many others is in fact detrimental to their education. This would explain why the Frasier institute has pointed out that there has been a 800% increase in home school enrollment over a 20 year period. Based on our research the number 1 reason for enrolling in home school is dissatisfaction with public education holding kids back from their potential or failing to education them.
The Idea of “no child left behind” is a terrible idea as well and one that I have been confronted with at some of the schools that she has been sent to. I have been told that she won’t be held back because it is not the “policy”. The problem we have with this is that it’s like taking a drowning man out to deeper water and telling him “it’s ok we don’t want to leave you behind” Like the drowning man our kids need to be pulled back to the surface or grade level they should be at before trying to push them deeper in to the waters.
Our public education system at this point and for many years has failed to do this. My daughter is not succeeding and has had no incentive to succeed but rather has been shut down and her problems have been all but ignored completely. She has come home numerous times complaining that she has been ignored and refused help in numerous issues and ways. She is frustrated with the lack of support and help she is supposed to be getting in the public system and as her parents we are also frustrated.
Our family is moving to BC at the end of April and after evaluating all our options we believe that this is the time and we have decided to pull her out of the public system and enroll her in home school when we get to BC. We will be staring fresh and enrolling her in BC home school. We will give her a fresh start and I have no doubt provide her with an education superior to all the degrees and formal schooling environment will ever be able to provide
Friday march 24th will be Our daughter’s last day in class. I believe this will give her time to say goodbye to any friends she has at school and help her to have some closure on this part of her life.
Our decision to home school does not come lightly and after much contemplation and study. We feel strongly about this and that this is the right time to start a home school program. We strongly feel that there is no other option that will be able to provide proper support and high quality of eduction that she and our other children need.
Our other kids will be starting their schooling from the start as home school kids. We look forward to giving them a oppurtunity to succeed rather than be subjected to the poor quality and severely lacking public school systems we have here.
Our kids deserve better. Public school, I have concluded is detrimental to the success of kids. They hinder rather than help them succeed. It is time that parents take back control of their children’s education as they have done for thousands of years. public school is still relatively recent development within the last 400 years in North America. For well over the past 50,000 years of human civilisations home school was the norm and we were better off for it. Cleary 10’s of thousands of parents across north america have realized this.
Some of the worlds greatest minds have been homeschooled. Here is some people of notable fame that were homeschooled that I have found via a simple google search
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Leonardo Da vinci
Wolfgang Amadeaus Motzart
Helen Beatrix Potter
Pearl S. Buck
Hans Christian Andersen.
Joseph Smith – who by the way was not only a general the in the U.S. military but founded a world wide religion and the city of Nauvoo
I think that is enough of a list. This just goes to show that homeschooling does not harm children as there have been many home schoolers that have risen to fame and have demonstrated a large intellect and intelligence beyond their peers at the time. Ultimatley I have come to believe that homeschool is in fact superior to public education in everyway.