Even though Lily is just barely a year old, I have been thinking about homeschooling lately. Now, I have several friends, family members and acquaintances that are both public and private school teachers. It is a very real possibility that I could be flogged by any one (or more!) of these dedicated professionals. My reasons for considering homeschooling have nothing to do with my perceived caliber of educators out there. I am sure there are some crappy ones, but I am willing to bet the house that a vast majority are dedicated teachers that do so not for the glory and riches of it, rather the true desire to shape future generations. See, so you can't all be totally pissed at me! It just seems that everywhere I turn, there is bleak and chilling news about the state of education (mostly public, though private doesn't seem to be immune)in this country. Layoffs, school closings, shortening the school week, increasing the class size, cutting resources and programs and on and on and on. Doesn't really make me want to sign my child (and hopefully future children) up.
And as far as what is taught in public schools, well, I don't know. I want my kids to be critical thinkers above all else. I want them to be able to decide for themselves what they think is true. I am all for learning evolution and creationism and intelligent design and that the world came to be because little green men thought earth looked like a nice place to take up residence. I think sex ed is important, but I am not sure to what degree. And I totally reserve the right to change my mind when Lily is approaching the age of The Talk. I'm not sure that any of the theories out there are wrong, or right. What I believe is what I believe. My kids don't have to agree, as long as they have sound reasoning. I don't want my kids homeschooled because I don't agree with what is taught in public school.
Of course, I am grossly under-qualified to be a teacher. I don't really know anything about teaching. Sure, I know I am teaching Lily things every day, but really, she is just one smart cookie. Give me a child of average intelligence and forget it...they wouldn't learn a thing. Just kidding...I know all parents think their children are brilliant...but mine really is...So why I am even thinking this is an option? I mean, realistically, a crappy public education, which isn't even necessarily what would be received, is bound to be better than what I can provide. Right? So why oh why has this been on my mind lately? No, really, seriously, I am asking.
I guess it may have to do with my little baby becoming her own person now. I can't imagine the day I will have to drop her off at school. Big, scary school. Which quite possibly will not be how my outgoing, friendly and independent child will view it. Heck, she will probably be happy to get away from me, if only for a few hours a day! I don't want to shelter her. Really, I don't. But scary things happen at schools across the country every day. That threat, along with the ever worsening conditions of schools lately make homeschooling look like a good option.
Oh what to do? What to do? Thank goodness I have a couple years...