My kids all go back to school this week (I go back to school this week too!), so I guess the back-to-school theme has been on my mind lately.
Along those lines, I saw a comment on a blog recently that I just can’t get out of my mind.
The blog post was from a mom who was pouring out her heart about sending her first child off to first grade. Lots of conflicting, difficult emotions there.
But the comment. Oh, the comment. I can’t help it, but it has bothered me so much I want to scream.
The commenter basically said something like this: “Well, if you homeschooled you could just keep her with you all the time and enjoy all those precious moments of learning together.”
Where do I begin? There is just so much wrong there.
For one thing, the sweet young mama who wrote the post might not have had a choice. She might need to work outside the home to support her family, as many moms do.
On the other hand, she may have also chosen to send her child to school—whether private or public—for reasons that are personal to her and her husband.
And for a third . . . well, I can’t think of a third. Do I have to?
I know many moms who have chosen to homeschool. That’s their right and their privilege. My husband and I chose—CHOSE—public school for our children for many reasons, all equally valid.
The homeschooling mother who made that comment probably wasn’t thinking at the moment. She was probably just so thrilled with her choice that she thought everyone would be happy if they did the same.
But I’ve had friends do that to me early on in our schooling career—try to persuade me that their way (homeschooling) was the best way—and I have to say it turned me off more than anything.
I have never tried to persuade anyone to put their kids in public school. I will happily tell you of our experience, if asked, but I would never say to you, “Well, if you put your child in school you’d have so much more time to serve the Lord elsewhere” or something equally as inane.
I guess the reason that comment got to me was because I just plain don’t want someone else making my educational choice for my children and my family. And I don’t want to make that choice for you or yours.
So what do you think? Was that mom out of line? Or does she have a point?
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