***First, a disclaimer. This post is just my personal thoughts. It is not meant to be offensive to anyone else's opinions. If you comment, please respect my views as well. Be nice.***
Ok, I know Grayson isn't even 2 yet. But lately I've been thinking a lot about how to have him educated. There seems to be four options:
1. Public school
2. Charter school
3. Private school
I have been hearing so many horrible things about public schools lately, and the more I think about it, the more scared I get to send him to public school. It seems SO much worse than when I went to school!! I don't know much about charter schools -- they sound a lot like public school to me. Except Ogden Prep teaches in Spanish and English -- I like the idea of learning bilingually. Private school always seemed snooty to me, plus almost all of them are Catholic schools -- which I am not. So that leaves me with homeschooling. Which is WAY intimidating to me. But Steve and I have talked a lot about it, and he is very FOR homeschooling -- something about how on his mission, his mission president encouraged them all to homeschool, and he keeps bringing me quotes from general authorities that he interprets as pro-homeschool (though I know no one in the church has officially come out as pro-public school or pro-homeschool, just pro-good education). But it seems I can't count on public schools to give my child a good education. And the more I think about it, the better homeschool sounds. I can have complete control over what my child learns about (about creation, not Darwinism, for example), the environment he learns in (no swearing/immorality, and I could incorporate gospel principles in what we're learning -- seems like public schools can't teach about virtues/morals at ALL), I will be able to focus completely on him, and tailor lessons to suit his learning style. Plus we could do things that normal schools just can't do: we could have school at the park one day, or go on field trips to the places we're learning about: go to the dinosaur museum when we learn about dinosaurs, etc. And we could go at HIS pace -- I remember being SO bored in elementary school when we were doing reading -- because I was always 3-4 levels above the other kids, so I never felt like I LEARNED anything. I wouldn't have to worry about him missing things when he's sick. Et cetera!! I think I really may be leaning toward homeschooling him. We could enroll him in sports, music, other extracurricular activities, and he'll have friends from church -- so I think we could get the social interaction part -- which is really the only thing I'm worried about him missing out on with homeschool. And I think I'd just homeschool until Junior High or High School, so he'd still get that experience.
I just don't know if I can do it for sure. Does anyone have any thoughts about schooling options? What have you decided to do for your kids, and why??