8 thoughts on “Public School – Counting the Cost”

  1. The only thing that bothers me about this, is what if there is a need for the child to one day attend school. My nephews were made orphans recently and their lives have had to change as they have had to move to a new city. The main homeschooler could end up too ill to educate kids, etc. Things can happen so that kids end up having to go to school and we don’t need then to be scared or hate the thought of school along with other changes that may be going on in their lives.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      How sad and unfortunate for your nephews. While it is uncommon for a child to need to go to public school, there are exceptions to the rule. My post, however, wasn’t about scaring, but rather preparing. I don’t think it would be fair for a child not to know what to expect. Then the child, with the parents, can make an educated decision. It is all about each family counting the cost and making the right choice for them. I’m sure a lot of thought went into making the choice to put your nephews in public school, and I hope it works out for them. 🙂

  2. You make public school sound so horrible! My oldest goes to high school after being homeschooled for seven years and he loves it. Cafeteria food and all.

    1. I’m glad the decisions your family has made are working for you. However, your son loving school does not make anything I wrote untrue.

  3. I came into homeschooling very late in the game. I have 5 children ages 26, 24, 19, 16 & 13. I homeschool my 13 yr old who will be a rising 8th grader. My 16 yr old will be a rising junior in public high school. I began homeschooling my 13 yr old 4 months into her 6th grade yr due to bullying. My 16 yr old is a gifted athlete and remained in public school for scholarship eligibility.
    If I knew way back then what I know know, I would have home schooled everyone of my kids from the jump start. We live in a large metropolitin area with very over crowded schools, and with young unexperienced underpaid teachers. (This is not to say that they are not qualified or that they aren’t capable.)
    I understand that homeschooling may not be for every family, or it may not be feasible for every family, but I now having been on both sides of the fence am a huge advocate of homeschooling. (I have even started homeschooling Pre-school for my 3 yr old granddaughter. She has actually started being able to read simple words, and has total letter recognition. She absolutely LOVES all the fun activities I print from your site. 🙂
    In the year and a half we have home schooled my daughter has not only excelled in her academics, but has surpassed her current grade level. Her confidence in herself has also soared beyond words. She is a competative Irish Dancer, and her confidence in herself has carried over into her dance. She recently achieved Champion level status. (after only 2 1/2 yrs of dancing) She has also taken responsibility in her own learning. She is becoming an independent thinker. She is retaining valuable knowledge rather than spitting out cookie cutter information.
    With that being said, I have left the door open for her should she choose for herself to want to go back to public school. The only stipulation I gave her was she had to complete her Middle School yrs at home, then she could start fresh in HS. I also told her should she decide to go back to school, and decides she really doesn’t want to be in public school, she would have see out the yr in school.
    I don’t see your post as a derogitory statement about public school or those that either choose that route or have no choice, but rather your personal feeling in regards to public school.
    Thanks for sharing.
    God Bless, Kimmie

    1. Congratulations to your daughter, Kimmie! And thank you for understanding that I was not passing judgement on those parents who choose public school for their children.

  4. You are right. Everything comes with a cost. Quite often the picture of public schooling is very different from the actual experience. I taught in the system for five years . It was while teaching in the ps that I became convinced that no child of mine would ever be forced through that sausage grinder.
    Thankfully here in America we can all freely express our thoughts on this issue and each family may make their own decision concerning education.

    1. It is good to see comments from those with experience in the system. I’m sure not everyone’s experience is going to be the same, thus the reason each family needs to weigh the pros and cons and do what they are led to do. Speaking of counting the cost, here is one gal’s assessment of the financial costs of homeschooling vs. public schooling.

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