11 September 2013

Common Core? Common Bore.

Whole Heart School is now in session.

The baby is three weeks and a half weeks old now so I figured we'd better get started on school.  I didn't spend any time with the kids keeping things fresh in their minds during this summer as I intended (aside from reading with the big boy) - but hey, I was fat, hot, miserable... pregnant.  We are brushing up on reading, carrying, borrowing, multiplying, and just plain paying attention!  It's really amazing what a couple months more of maturity does to a child!!  It's been THREE days and they are like little SPONGES and just catching on SO quick, PRAISE GOD!  We are going to have a great year (by the Grace of God).  Our studies will include the second half of the Old Testament, ancient Greece and map reading.  Math, science (the systems of the body, astronomy and an in-depth bee study to get ready for our farm bees next spring).  English, creative writing.  We will also be learning French (in a more formal fashion than before), cursive (which many people have told me their kids aren't learning in school anymore), typing, piano, violin and studying musical composers and artists... Degas, Van Gogh, Rockwell... Chopin and Handel to name a few.  (I will post my posters again if you would like).  I won't be throwing up every ten minutes this year so I am thinking it's going to be an amazing.  I look forward to Christmas break to access how we are doing and what the kids have learned.  We have decided to spend our mornings doing farm chores, mom's Turbo Fire work outs, errands, baking and being a family and to school in the afternoon while it's quite and the little ones are sleeping.  GENIUS!!!

Lately I keep seeing these two words:
"Common Core" on the Internet.

I can't tell if I am bored with it or a bit concerned.

Homeschooling is huge for me.  That and homebirth.  What I mean is, the minute we loose our rights to do these two things with our children.  Well... fricken' forget it.  To me, that's about as bad as it can get.   It's off to hide in Appalachia if you know what I mean.

So many people give me grief about these two passions of mine... grief or "concern".  Like, What if your baby dies... How will your kids be socialized?  Don't you need a break from them?  And my favorite, Are you going to Homeschool all the way through highschool? As if I am going to (and that's the plan so far) well, as if that would be a bad thing.  I mean come on, generally speaking, have you SEEN what's coming out of public high schools lately?  I don't want my kids to turn into that.  I don't want my kids around that.  Please, don't read me the riot act how your kids and your public school are different... I know... that's why I said GENERALLY SPEAKING.  Not every kid is going to be stupid or go off the deep end and turn into a twerking, texting, twit.  But, like I said, I just don't want my kids around it.  (Come on, twerking, texting twit?  THAT was funny.)

Now,  I have friends with awesome families that I LOVE and greatly respect who have their kids in public school and that's the beauty of the country right now - we can each decide what is best for our families.  I have no desire to be dogmatic about something like education.  However, just like natural/home birth I hope that everyone does their research and knows what is going on in each system and what, if any, alternatives there are.  Some mom's would LOOSE THEIR EVERYLOVIN' MINDS if they taught their own kids.  Trust me - I understand.  I've lost mind many times.  Thankfully Jesus found it for me and brought it back!  It still doesn't stay put too well.

But - this Common Core thing creeps me out.  And so far, from what I have read I am not very impressed.  It seems like another control freak, knee jerk reaction to the disaster that is (GENERALLY SPEAKING) our school system.  It looks like everyone is going to have to jump "how high" to make sure they are all on the same page.  I've read stories of desperate curriculum changes to accommodate what is going to be on the tests.  I've read of horribly low scores on states who are running preliminary tests after making those curriculum changes.  

Supporters say Common Core only tests students in math and English, but critics say school districts will devise curriculum to maximize their students' performance on the national exams, and, in fact, have already begun that measure. And those same critics claim Common Core math standards barely cover basic geometry or second-year algebra and that the classics are all but ignored in English classes.
“The math standard focuses on investigative math, which has been shown to be a disaster,” Glyn Wright, executive director of Eagle Forum, told FoxNews.com. “With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”


There are some serious questions we need to have answers to-
Whose writing these tests?
What is their background/agenda?
What if it is a disaster?  Will they admit it?

And how does this affect Homeschoolers and our choice of what we teach our kids?  See, I think it's really going to affect us when it comes to college.  For the most part we homeschoolers are teaching our kids differently than a public school education.  Ours is more of a classical education if you will (GENERALLY SPEAKING).  We aren't wasting time teaching about so-called "Global Warming" or whatever palatable name they call it these days.  There's no "Janie has Two Mommies".  We aren't reading "technical writings" as is one of the focuses of Common Core (or so I have read - that schools will focus less on the classics) -- we've already introduced our kids to Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain.  Critics say the loss of focus on classic literature will hurt children's ability to think critically.  

Yikes.  That's what we need are more kids walking around with an inability to think.
I just want my children to have depth and a wicked (strange pun?) understanding of our faith... to know that there is life beyond an Ipod or Xbox.   And to know how to (lovingly) argue an atheist into a corner.  (The numbers are frightening when you look at how many "Christian" kids leave the faith upon entering university -  that says a lot about their upbringing, the pagan culture of college or BOTH!)

Anyways, what I am saying is, if the whole system "out there" changes then where does that leave homeschoolers who want to apply for college?  NOT that college is a focus in this house.  Don't get me started on how college is not for everyone.  It just seems like this could put a lot of pressure on homeschooling parents to conform in order for kids to be taught what is on the tests.

???

And I can't tell yet if that really concerns me or like most things...
really bores me.




40 comments:

Joannah said...

You are right on, and I'm a public school teacher. It is simply the federal take over of education, and all about getting those federal dollars cash-strapped states are salivating over. Since I didn't marry the misogynist/fundamentalist weirdo I was engaged to, homeschooling is probably not in M's future. However, she will attend the finest Christian academy I can afford. I want her education to be traditional, and for her to develop a biblical worldview. My concern is that the feds will find a way to prevent children from having a private Christian education, or from being homeschooled. I sincerely hope the Lord returns before it comes to that. Have a wonderful school year, Angela. It sounds like you have some amazing learning experiences planned. :)

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I taught my children cursive and when my two youngest decided to go to the public HS their teachers praised them on their nice, readable cursive writing. I have four children and homeschooled for 20 yrs. my two dear never went to public school until college. And they have all done so well in college because they have a love for Learning and know how to think. One of my daughters is T UC Berkeley as an English major. Her professors have all been impressed with the level of literature education she received homeschooling. She loved to read especially the classics. She devoured books from the library. She thanks me now for home educating her. My two youngest graduated HS with honors and are also honor students in college. We have experienced both and though they enjoyed being involved in sports and clubs in public HS they did not like the politics or how the students who didn't wNt to Learn interrupted the classroom and that tit was a bit prison like. They do have a lot more confidence and sense of who they are and what they want to be than their peers /friends. AND they have no social skill problems lol. Enjoy teaching and learning it goes by so fast. I miss it! The love and acceptance they receive at home is the foundation. On the hard days just do something you all enjoy because being there for each other and loving is most important.

Mandy said...

A'fricken'men. preach on. I'll be there with you with my 4 homeschooled in Appalacia ;)

Gio said...

Dear Angela, I am leaving a comment for the first time (but I sent you an email days ago), anche even if I live thousands miles away, I totally agree with your wiev. Homeschooling in Italy is made really difficoult by the law,plus I am a working Mum, so my girls are going to school, BUT, I chose a Christian school where the education is very traditional and kids are taken by hand to know and respect God. Every time I compare their education to the one our friends' children are getting in public school, I am glad I made that choice, even if we have to pay for it, thus giving up other things such as traveling. But I am sure this is like a good investment for their future!

God bless You

shirlgirl said...

I love it. Needed it. This newest blog post hits the nail on the head. Thanks for keeping on with getting the message out there.

Christi said...

Here's my - very quick - opinion on common core as it applies to our children at college time. It won't matter if you've taught to the test throughout your homeschool. Because actually knowing the material isn't the concern. If you decide on college, when it's time for the entrance exams, take the prep course, study, & learn HOW to take the test.

Honestly, I don't think by time our children are high school age (my boys are a little older than your kids - 10 & 8) that we will still have the right to legally homeschool. THAT'S my concern about what is coming down the pipe with this common core nonsense. I've always felt that the entire purpose of "public school" education was to basically raise, well, minions for the government. Not necessarily the individual schools & teachers, mind - like you I know lots of great ones! (Yes, conspiracy theory. But just look around!). Don't think. Don't talk! Everyone must be the same, think the same, and (with the advent of CC) perform the same. Common core is just another step in this direction.

I'm concerned AND bored... and that wasn't quick at all! :-)

Enjoyed your thoughts on this - hope y'all have an awesome school year!

UNICORN said...

I am a middle school product of public school. With respect, I believe you want to say "LOSE your mind", not LOOSE your mind", but what do I know? Maybe too much twerking and texting.

the Shepherd's farm said...

I never knew about the Common Core testing. Sounds ridiculous. What do you use for curriculum or how do you go about homeschooling?

Mac n' Janet said...

I'm a retired elementary school teacher and for the most part I taught in good middle-class schools, and I can tell you without hesitation that I would not have a child in public school.
So much of what we were to teach was really indoctrination. The curriculum was designed to socialize the children, not teach them.
And don't even get me started on who your child might be sitting next to it's scary.

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Spot on on many points, my dear! Yes, the 'twearking, texting, twit' was hilarious!

Just a little thought on college. We have homeschooled for nearly 20 years and college was NEVER our focus, nor do I feel one 'needs' a college degree. And, might I add, we were NOT the type of family that had a nice college savings account, cough, cough. Savings? ha! Anyway, the LORD saw fit to open doors for two of our boys to go to college, debt free and guess what??? All those things I wondered if I was doing enough of and failing miserably because I was knee deep in babies, nursing, diapers and Algebra, well, apparently the Lord will provide and give them what HE thinks they need, not what I thought they needed. Apparently, the 'holes' in our education mean nothing to the Lord. Both were/are on the Dean's list, one is a 4.0, the other 3.8. And I really don't think it is because mom and dad are super smart, we're just regular smart, you know? It's the LORD, ladies, it's HIs work, we are just here to follow, obey and trust Him, He does the rest. Doesn't mean we can sit around and eat bon-bons all day, nope we need to do our part, but it is ALL Him!! Love that. So many wasted years of wondering if I was doing enough. Teach them about Jesus, live your life for the Lord and teach them to learn, (not dump in a whole bunch of knowledge) teach them to learn! They will figure it out. Okay, done for the moment. Love your posts, lady!! Have a very, very blessed school year. Enjoy it and be thankful for whatever you get done. Oh, and I cannot tell you how many times I 'lost my ever lovin mind', and still do!! Just yesterday I lost it again, Jesus brought it back today, though, so no worries! Hugs, Michelle

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Spot on on many points, my dear! Yes, the 'twearking, texting, twit' was hilarious!

Just a little thought on college. We have homeschooled for nearly 20 years and college was NEVER our focus, nor do I feel one 'needs' a college degree. And, might I add, we were NOT the type of family that had a nice college savings account, cough, cough. Savings? ha! Anyway, the LORD saw fit to open doors for two of our boys to go to college, debt free and guess what??? All those things I wondered if I was doing enough of and failing miserably because I was knee deep in babies, nursing, diapers and Algebra, well, apparently the Lord will provide and give them what HE thinks they need, not what I thought they needed. Apparently, the 'holes' in our education mean nothing to the Lord. Both were/are on the Dean's list, one is a 4.0, the other 3.8. And I really don't think it is because mom and dad are super smart, we're just regular smart, you know? It's the LORD, ladies, it's HIs work, we are just here to follow, obey and trust Him, He does the rest. Doesn't mean we can sit around and eat bon-bons all day, nope we need to do our part, but it is ALL Him!! Love that. So many wasted years of wondering if I was doing enough. Teach them about Jesus, live your life for the Lord and teach them to learn, (not dump in a whole bunch of knowledge) teach them to learn! They will figure it out. Okay, done for the moment. Love your posts, lady!! Have a very, very blessed school year. Enjoy it and be thankful for whatever you get done. Oh, and I cannot tell you how many times I 'lost my ever lovin mind', and still do!! Just yesterday I lost it again, Jesus brought it back today, though, so no worries! Hugs, Michelle

Deanna said...

Hello from Kansas. Let me tell ya....i like poppin' in here from time to time to read what you've been up to. Refreshing for me.

What's his name the Education Czar, I'm sure has a great deal to say about what the public school children are being taught and what to force on the innocent children. Seems like the bottom line is to be anti-godly and to destroy people's lives because they can.

In school it 'use to be' strive to be an individual....now the cookie cutter public school kiddos are being told to all think a like.
Homo sex, u' al is the main pressure point of the day. No need to know how to read or write, remember to put your rubbers on....and i don't mean boots. Let me demonstrate this by using a banana.

Did I say that?
Blessings,
d

Katy said...

I like homeschooling (I was homeschooled in junior high) but there's one thing I want to point out about that graphic you posted. Maybe because it's a sore spot for me.
The reason that most "fathers of homeschoolers" are doctors, accountants and engineers is because those are the people who can most often afford to let their wives stay home and homeschool. I think it's great to encourage people to explore the alternatives (in anything in life) - but I see that statistic as saying "hey look all the smart wealthier people choose homeschooling so it's not for dummies" - maybe I interpret that wrong but...

(GENERALLY SPEAKING :) ) people with low income levels can't do it. I'm an engineer but was left a single parent of 3 children, and now I am the head of household and homeschooling is never going to be an option for us.

but anyway - I agree that common core is just more government control and stupidity, but this is the world that we live in. :)


Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Unicorn,

I too with respect want to say that the next time you are breastfeeding a baby WHILE blogging at ten o'clock at night after taking care of 5 children under the age of eight since 6 in the morning, your eyes burning so bad you want to cry from fatigue you can call me on my typos.
I am usually so exhausted when I blog I don't see them until the next day - if at all.

I can understand why you are offended but that it why I kept saying "generally speaking". I'm thrilled you are great student. I am a self-confessed terrible speller.

I'd rather have a typo than be seen "twerking" though. Any day.

à la parisienne said...

I have so many comments, so this will be lengthy.

First to the commenters:

Unicorn--You must be really proud of yourself. I despise how some people follow blogs and find ways to elevate themselves by putting bloggers down. I don't know many bloggers who would be as bold and brave as Angela is about sharing her passions and beliefs, which also happen to be counter-culture. A true leader stands for truth even if it means consequential hateful backlash .

Christi- I've felt the same way about public schools for a while. My favorite fictional novel,Fahrenheit 451, depicts a government and people (frightfully much like ours) just as you have described. I do believe, however, that there are many great teachers and administrators out there who really do care for their students but have their hands tied by educational legislation.

Katy - I would have to disagree. Two of my closest friends and I are all stay at home homeschool moms and we live on very little. What makes it work is resolution and SACRIFICE. We drive used cars, shop at Goodwill and yard sales for clothes, books, and just about everything. We prioritize where our money goes and forgo the things that aren't necessary. Actually, that's how most of the homeschool families I know live their lives--very simply, relying on the Lord to provide.

Okay, now to the post:
As long as the family in our nation continues to decay, our public schools will continue to fight losing battles. While there are many adept students that attend public schools, there are many who struggle because they have no support at home, and somehow the school districts are expected to perform some type of educational miracle. In a desperate attempt to control this downward spiral our educational legislation is always scraping to find new tests, new curricula, new methods, in an effort to Band-Aid the situation,but the outcome is always the same--The overall quality of public education is declining.
Most children who are homeschooled have very supportive parents who teach them how to be responsible citizens, think and make good decisions, take responsibility for their actions, and trust in the Lord to direct their paths. These qualities are what lead to successful lives once the kids complete school and enter the workforce. Although I do not know much about Gere and Emilee Jettle, founders/owners of Baker Creek Seeds, I find their personal story to be quite inspiring. Both were homeschooled and were able to follow their passions due to this special upbringing. Now, they are providing rare seeds to a world whose food system is also decaying. I bet their parents would have never imagined the kind of impact their children would make on individual families across America and beyond.

I can only pray that Americans will continue to have the right to choose how their children will be educated. Once that right is taken away, I believe many other great things in our country will fail.

Mandy

Kathleen said...

I'm not against homeschooling at all. I will admit, even though I've worked in education for years, teaching my own children would not have been in their best interest. I'm a big supporter of voucher systems. Again that isn't how most people in education feel. My concern with homeschooling is I know several people that should not be homeschooling. You're an intelligent, dedicated mother that isn't always the case.

Dewena Callis said...

You never cease to amaze me and impress me. You tackle these serious subjects that few will. Keep it up, and keep up the job you're doing because we need people like you to succeed at this important work. It may not be for the lazy or faint of heart or for single parents who aren't financially able to, but Godspeed to the men and women who are dead serious about it as you two are.

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Hi Angela,
It's been a long time since I commented at your blog. I had to take a step back from blogging (only write occasional posts these days) to live my real life which is in a super busy season as I set up a business a couple of years ago and life is a whirl of family,church, homeschool, markets, bridal expos and delivering vintage china to venues. But I have been here reading and following all your adventures from the chicken wars to the move to your halfway farm and your new baby and saying amen at many a post - especially this one! Common core is here too, it just goes by the name of national curriculum. Different countries, same agenda. I remember being asked all the same questions about high school when my children were younger and how they would get into university. Well I pretty much did what you are doing now. My son has just finished his degree, he has no student debt and a flourishing business. All the others are doing well and most importantly they all love Jesus and want to serve Him. Even if these new so called 'standards' focus on the foundational subjects we should be worried. I remember a number of years ago seeing an English exam paper a friend's son had just sat. It had dumbed down questions about the Australian movie Strictly Ballroom - yes, the movie, not the book! I decided there and then I would homeschool all the way through!
Not sure when I will comment again but know that I'm cheering you on all the way from down under and haven't forgotten you. Always think of you when I pass by my stash of favourite home books on my kitchen dresser and pull out Romantic Prairie Style to flick through for a moment of lovely inspiration in my busy day!

Elissa said...

The more and more I read your posts the more I agree with you about the way you chose to live your life. From home births to home school--all in the country. I just recently went back to teaching (4th grade) in the public school system and it's awful. I'll make it through this year and then I'll never go back. So not worth it.
No way in hell would I let my child (if I had one) even get near some of these ghetto kids! It's scary to think these are our nation's future.

April Dunlap said...

Beautifully and powerfully stated...for all those reasons!
Are you aware of the UN CRC and our need for a Parental Rights Amendment?

Because if we LOSE those rights, it's all over.
Blessings on your family!
~april

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I don't have kids....yet...but I love how you are raising them :) :) You are an inspiration...real life inspiration :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :)

p.s. It's been awhile, but are any of the past issues of Parisienne Farmgirl magazine still available for purchase? I haven't been blogging much lately, so I've been out of the loop.

Katy said...

sigh, I don't know if people intentionally misunderstand this or not:
just because you "live on very little" does not mean that homeschooling is available to everyone. You have a husband who can work full time, so that you can homeschool and stay home. That's all I meant. I know that people really lose sight of this fact, but here it is again:
homeschooling is a privilege. If you are so blessed to be able to do it, as my mother was, then you should do it! totally!
I was just pointing out that there are many MANY OF US who love Jesus, depend on Him for our very survival every single day, and homeschooling will never be an option for us.
I read this blog because I love decorating and homesteading and all of that -- it's just hard to read homeschooling manifestos when you know you can't join in. :)
I do hope you all continue to have your options - I just had a quibble with the message in that graphic.

Sandy said...

All I can say is, I want to enroll in your school!!! Sounds much better than what I got in public school. 63 years old and I've never read Peter Rabbit. Shame, shame. It's on my "to read" list before years end. Go for it Angela. Sounds like you're on the right road in my opinion. Your children are very blessed to have parents like you and your husband.

david terry said...

Ummmmm......while hoping not to seem irretrievably ignorant?....

Can I ask(and I mean this quite sincerely):

(1) What in the world is meant by "A'fricken'men. preach on. I'll be there with you with my 4 homeschooled in Appalacia ;)
& (2) What in the world is "Saxon Phonics"? For whatever it's worth, I have just followed some of these commentators' links to their own blogs, and I'm also a highly-trained linguist. I have no idea what "Saxon phonics" would be, but I expect it would be interesting to have this explained to me.

That's all of my questions. I might(given that my family has lived on the same land in Northeastern Tennessee since the 18th century and in the same house since 1832)add that "Appalacia" has done got itself a "h" in it somewheres, usually speaking, you know, and stuff, also, too (thank you, Mrs. Palin...).

This is a delightful blog.

Amusedly as ever,

David Terry
www.davidterryart.com

Marta Montenegro Martin said...

Could not agree more, Angela. It goes back to the premise of when did we stop protecting our children? When did we as a society step back and let a government stand in for an education we should be providing? We are doing "homeschool" for our four year old - hymns, composers, art, music, writing... but most importantly we are working on kindness, work ethic and gentleness. We are blessed to have a classical Christian school in our town and may consider Kindergarden for her there if we can afford it. I work part-time (legal) and tried to do a more "formal" homeschool this year, but had to be realistic that it just wasn't going to happen. Only so many hours in the day and well, we do LOVE to garden!!! I'm a product of the public schools as are all my cousins and we all love the Lord, but we also had strong families always present. However, I would not enroll my daughters in public school - there is too much being taught that goes against our very core beliefs as a family. If it was just arithmetic and french, no problem. But its a secular religion, and one in which we will not partake.

Christi said...

This has been such an interesting conversation - I've loved reading the comments! I always find it funny that there are so many public educators that wouldn't have their children in public school. My husband works in a public school system (though not a teacher) and every day our decision to homeschool is reinforced!

I wanted to point out - like Mandy (I think) did - I disagree totally with the comment about it being impossible to homeschool on a modest income. We do, and always have, even through a period of unemployment. In fact, I kind of isagree with that point in he graphic. NONE of our homeschooling friends are doctors, lawyers or accountants. We are just regular folk who have CHOSEN (and been blessed, without a doubt) this lifestyle. We work hard to make ends meet!

And I also agree that there are wonderful, caring teachers in the school system whose hands are tued - absolutely! And I'm thankful they are there, even though limited by the "government" because we can never have too many people to truly care for our children. That said, "I've seen the village..." and that's why we homeschool! ;-)

Miss Angela - I admire your courage and your ability to think for yourself & stand behind your convictions. Free thinking and OWNING IT are so rare these days... yet another reason we homeschool! Enjoy your weekend! xo

david terry said...

Dear Angela & Readers, Here's the link to a very thoughtful, non-partisan & apolitical essay on home-schooling. It's written by the home-schooling (he's got two fourth gradeers) movie-critic for Salon.com, but it isn't what you might expect from such a blazingly "left wing" publication. Be sure to read the many responses (they illustrate the article's central qustion, which is basically "Why can't we all just get along?" Go to:

http://www.salon.com/2013/09/14/home_schooling_youre_doing_it_too/

The article addresses an issue that's troubled me for at least twenty years. I worked in education for years....teaching in boarding schools, and, afterwards,at Duke University---along with absurdly overpaid stints writing "No Child Left Behind" standardized testing materials. Amusingly enough, for two years I was the private tutor for the nieces and nephews of the President of Columbia (the country, not the college)....I quit when they demanded that I move my 29 year-old tail to Bogata (of alll places...this was during the Noriega years) and live in the family compound. It would have been the ultimate "homeschooling experience", given that none of the children/teenagers nor I would have ever been allowed to leave the compound without being accompanied by a driver and at least two armed bodyguard. Howz that for a work environment? I turned the offer down for some reason.

In any case, I've been aroud the educational block in various capacities. I remain boggled and fairly dismayed by the fervor & vitriol surrounding this supposed "homeschooling debate".

One of the article's most useful points (and I'm paraphrasing) is "All homeschooling parents are different from each other; simultaneously they're not that 'different' from any other parents".
Sincerely,
David Terry
www.davidterryart.com

Homemaker Ang said...

I have to say that you can home school on a very poor income...

You do not have to be "rich" to home school and your husband can even work part time. I might get stomped to death on this, but it is all in priorities...

We have homeschooled for over 15 years. Some years we made MEGA money and other years we were WAY WAY below poverty income for a family of EIGHT, but we still home schooled our children...

And truth be told, the "poverty" years is when our family and children learned the m o s t...

We are so thankful for this "privilege" but we would do ANYTHING to continue it, including selling our 40 acre farm to renting or living in the city...

I could NEVER send my children away to be educated, ever...

To God be the glory and I say this not to be a snob but because I really mean it and HE was here for us the entire time because we believed HE would back us on His calling to educate our babies

xo

Homemaker Ang said...

I wanted to add a few more things to my comment:

I would not want to pigeon hole everyone and if I did, who cares any way as opinions stink and everyone has one. But since you asked :) Here is mine:

I am not saying "everyone" should home school and one example would be that I mean single moms. I had seen it done before but it is hard.

I would not recommend home schooling to a mom if her husband was not behind her 150%. I will not work without hubby's support. If you want to home school and hubby doesn't, pray about it... It works.

However, I would not use money as a basis whether or not to home school. We have been all over the money scale, high and low and home schooling works at all ends... In fact, when money is tight it is so comforting to know your children are with YOU and you can at least not have to worry about their safety and spirituality etc when you have so many other worries that the lack of money can cause and the horrible stress of it.

Also, home school kids twerk and twit too. Sad reality. So far so good with our family but no one is perfect, the math is not all in yet either. I give that to God. I can do a perfect job at home schooling and my children will still mess up and more. I have seen teen pregnancies and drug use in home school families... But the percentages are very low. *KEY, still pay VERY close attention!!* That Bible study you might be having with your small group from church, and the kids are in the basement "playing", check in on them!

Home schooling high schoolers is hard, but we will graduate our 2nd of 6 this year. Lord willing, I mean this seriously when I say that, I will be 55 when the last one graduates. It can be done.

Pace your self Ang, trust me, even with 5 littles, this is the easy time for you! ask me how I know :)

you are doing a great job

xo

ps. to all of you grammar Nazis out there, feel free to critique mine. Its far from perfect and I teach my children but I saw the village and :P

Texas Mom said...

For wealthy families, homeschooling may be a privilege. For the rest of us, it is a sacrifice.

Texas Mom said...

There are ways to homeschool as a single parent--I've seen many creative situations. I encourage parents to look for a support group in your area~if you feel the conviction to homeschool, you can make it happen.

Discerning parents are pulling their children out of public schools in droves, either to transfer to private/Christian schools or to homeschool. We are seeing a trend of public schools becoming "welfare" schools--it is only going to get worse.

April Clark said...

Parents need to know that there are Christian and charter schools out there that are adopting CC. Homeschoolers will need to be aware of curriculum publishers using CC, not too mention the colleges that will come to expect students to meet those standards. So, us homeschoolers will not be completely immune to the effects of CC.

There is a blogger, spunkyhomeschool.blogspot, that is fighting back and trying to get the word out about CC. She is very vocal with her state legislature and is making some waves! Those of us who are concerned should speak up.

April Clark said...

Parents need to know that there are Christian and charter schools out there that are adopting CC. Homeschoolers will need to be aware of curriculum publishers using CC, not too mention the colleges that will come to expect students to meet those standards. So, us homeschoolers will not be completely immune to the effects of CC.

There is a blogger, spunkyhomeschool.blogspot, that is fighting back and trying to get the word out about CC. She is very vocal with her state legislature and is making some waves! Those of us who are concerned should speak up.

(not sure if my first comment came through or not. Sorry if I'm posting twice)

Priscilla said...

As one who has put both my girls through private school (Carden schools) and taught in these schools for many years, I know you are doing the right thing. When we lived in a place where there were no carden schools, I (unhappily)taught in public school and my second daughter attended public school. Two years of me teaching her after school, because of not only all the things shw wasn't being taught, but because of all the objectionable things she was getting. Finally we pulled her out and I took over full time. She is a successful young lady, now. I've not regretted that path when I see her and what she has accomplished.

BTW do teach cursive penmanship. Did you know that children who learn cursive do several points higher on SAT scores than those who haven't?

In your other post you asked why god chose you for parents. Well I just wish there were more like you for him to chose.

sweetvintageofmine said...

I commend you....I believe in every thing you've said! I pray more and more families start homeschooling....Blessings~~~Roxie

Anne Marie said...

I'm not worried about it....besides, if home schooling is "illegal" someday, then there are always private schools...with that being said...I still think it is atrocious and 'the obama care of the education system' (which means it sucks)

david terry said...

Dear Angela & Readers,

Here's a link to a new article (from Salon.com) which is a real eyebrow-lifter. Do take time to read the many comments following the article.

You'll probably be interested to hear that this article is about the supposed correlation between Evengelical Christian families and child abuse in the home. Of course, even if someone proved there WAS a correlation (non-Evangelical Christians never abuse their children...what??), that wouldn't equate to causation.

Essentially, this article (which appears in a major online publication) suggests that Evangelical Christians who homeschool their own children are irresistably inclined to beat the hell out of them on a regular basis. I read the article and found myself wondering if it was supposed to be a parody of left-ish, mushy-headed "analysis". Turns out it's in dead-earnest.

Just for the record?...I'm a utterly conventional Episcopalian, but I know (and admire, for that matter) plenty of Evangelical Christians (who happen to homeschool). I'm dismayed to encounter (as I regularly do) inflammatory articles such as this, particularly in a publication that describes itself as being overtly "progressive".

Go to: http://www.salon.com/2013/09/26/a_strict_method_of_christian_discipline_has_led_to_child_abuse_partner/

Sincerely,
David Terry
www.davidterryart.com

Tara Peters said...

My first time commenting! I am a fellow homeschool mama and farm lover even though all we have at the moment is land. No farm..yet. Anyways, just wanted to say I completely agree and I love this post. Amen and amen!

Angie said...

In the state I live in, it is legal to homeschool up to 4 children that are not your own, as in the single working mother's children. Lord forbid it happen -but I would find my sweetest homeschooling mama friend and definitely ask if that were my position. As far as common core, it IS frightening!
http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/16610-educators-expose-dangers-of-common-core-national-education

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I have a master's degree in education, and now that both of my children are almost finished with the public school system, I have to say I wish I would have homeschooled them both. I did homeschool one for a couple of years, but the situation didn't work out for other reasons. There are a few good things to belonging to the public schools, but your overall home life, quality of life and basic education is much better when taken at your own speed by your own rules.

The two years I homeschooled there was PLENTY of socialization - and it was all with wonderful, polite, well mannered kids.

I encourage everyone to find a good homeschool group to lend support and encouragement.