When I was faced with actually sending one of my kids to high school outside the home, I knew I couldn't do it! My husband had taken several criminology classes in college and a guest speaker and juvenile police officer told them that the most dangerous place we send our kids every day is their high school. I looked back on my years and my husband's. There had been a shooting at my husband's high school when he was there. I had been bullied, he had been bullied. The peer pressure and cliques were so terrible it was beyond reasoning and not at all healthy for any person's psyche. The more research and time spent in my own high school years I realized that I would rather send my kids to elementary school and homeschool high school than the other way around!
And honestly, after my 9th grade year at public school I was lucky enough to go to a private school, which was much better... but still a lot of peer pressure and cliques. Which was something I didn't want for my kids.
I was going to be a teacher. I am just one year short of my masters in teaching... yes, high school. I come from a long line of teachers, there is a school actually named after my educator grandfather. My mother was a teacher, my father was a teacher... it is in my blood. But when I started student teaching in the classrooms, in actual public high schools, my ideals were destroyed. There were worksheets and down time.... and more worksheets. Kids in ESL classrooms were given thousands of worksheets. I am not saying that all high school teachers are this way, I was unfortunate to see too many of them though in my time student teaching. So many teachers and students were angry, bitter, and very unhappy. It seemed like teachers really had no say what was going on in their own classrooms. I became very aware of how controlled it was. Someone, somewhere (not in the classroom) had decided what these kids were being taught and how. And the worst part? This was based on stereotypes and pre-conceived ideas of where people, your children, belonged on the socio-economic scale. Education was not equal for all.
Back then I dropped out because I knew I didn't want to teach that way. I couldn't imagine having to teach kids things I didn't believe in and to do it the way they said I had to. So why would I send my kids to school when I didn't even want to teach there?
I was firmly on my path now. I was going to do it! I was going to homeschool high school. No more questions. No more doubt.
|They like field trips too...|
So why homeschool high school?
I am not saying that homeschooling is for everyone. We all have our God given calling and that is not always to homeschool. It was the best and most amazing thing for our family. I have struggled with it, I won't lie, it took years for me to get confident and yet, I still question myself sometimes. I am human. I am speaking to those of you out there that have wondered about it... even just entertained the idea. For those questioning whether or not you can homeschool high school.
The best part? Even if you only do it for a few months, a year, a couple years- your kids will be fine. They won't be behind and if they are, don't worry about it. High school is not all it is cracked up to be. If your child wants to go to an ivy league college they will do what it takes to get there, homeschooled or school outside the home.
|Don't forget how important it can be for your little ones to have their older siblings around too. If you have a family with any age range like we do, the little ones could possibly never truly know their older siblings.|
I promise to actually write more on homeschooling middle and high school. In fact I made this so long, I cut a chunk of it and am putting it into another post!