Parent’s Question: We have a 4-year-old son who is starting school next year. I am getting all sorts of advice from my family and friends. All the choices can seem overwhelming at times. Public school, Christian school, private secular school and even home schooling are on the table. How do I know what is best for my child?
Mom says: Schooling in the 21st century is an adventure which requires great parental courage and discernment. Many of us were raised by parents who chose the local public school option before their kids were even born and never had cause (or opportunity) to revisit the issue. Today, parents are faced with so many options and choices that many parents are fearful of making the wrong decision.
It’s a mistake to go into any important decision (including schooling choices for your kids) with biases or blind spots. Each major form of K-12 education has pros and cons. The key is to really know the strengths and weaknesses of your child as well as your own.
Even if there are lots of other homeschoolers in your area, you must be honest with yourself: do you really believe you have the talent and fortitude to homeschool? If you do — that could be a great option. But if not, be honest with yourself and take that option off the table (we’ve seen some home schooling disasters, just as we have seen problems at times with private, public and Christian schooling).
As your children grow and mature, you may find your schooling decisions change to take into account the best academic and moral/cultural environment for your child. You may also have to move (we’ve moved many times — never an easy thing for children).
Moves force us to make an educational re-assessment. What may be a wise decision for your child in one season of their lives (and your own), may simply not work as well when they get older.
Gregory and I have found that especially in middle school we must be very careful. What worked in sixth grade by eighth or ninth grade was untenable because of drugs, drinking and all the rest (sadly, what hit high school in our generation is hitting younger and younger).
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Gregory and Marina Slayton