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Misconceptions About Public School

Posted By JessieLeigh On August 9, 2011 @ 11:26 am In Public Schooling | 30 Comments

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh [4]:

photo credit: Alex Grant [5]

There are so many factors to consider as we decide what path we’ll choose in educating our children.  And, happily, there are many great choices out there!  What works for one family may not work for another.   Priorities will vary from parent to parent just as needs vary from child to child. 

I am, in no way, on a campaign to get people to choose public school.  I would, however, like to dispel a couple of myths you may currently believe about choosing a public education:

“I won’t have any say in what my child is exposed to.”

Will you have less say than if you were the teacher and your other children the classmates?  Well, yes.  But you most certainly can have a say. 

I can honestly tell you that I’ve been surprised how careful our teachers really are to ensure that my children are not exposed to “controversial” topics.   One even checked to see if we were okay with our son having a conversation about heaven with a peer.  (For the record, yes, we were fine with that.)  I have far more control over what my children are exposed to at the school than, for example, at the supermarket.  Or even, quite frankly, in the church vestibule.

“I’ll hardly see my child!”

Sending your child to public school doesn’t have to mean saying “bye, bye” and not seeing him again for eight or nine hours.  If you want to see more of your kid, you can! 

You can choose to drive your child to and from school.  You can volunteer in the classroom.  You can attend the parties and special functions that will be scheduled.  You can offer to help during specials (art, music, library, PE).  Will you spend all day/ every day with your child?  No.  But you can most certainly still stay very involved!

“I don’t have any patience, so I’ll send him off to school.”

I think we can all agree that being a good homeschooler requires patience.  But, here’s the thing… sending your child off to public school can require a fair amount of patience, too.  Arranging conferences, dealing with occasional politics, navigating the minefield of peer relations, organizing needed homework/snacks/permission slips… it all takes time, organization, and patience to do it well.

You don’t “check out” and wipe your hands of responsibility when you decide to choose public school.  At least, not if you’re doing your best job.

How about you?

What common misconceptions do you hear about how you choose to educate?

[6]– JessieLeigh is the mother of a former 24-week micropreemie [7] and two full-term blessings as well. She is a determined advocate for the tiniest of babies, including the unborn, and a firm believer in faith and miracles. She shares about raising such a precious, tiny baby over at Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles [4].

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