by Jennifer Cartwright
Many parents are choosing to home school their children for a variety of reasons ranging from dissatisfaction with a particular individual in the school system to religious reasons. It is important for a parent to understand his or her specific reason for choosing home schooling and to be aware of the work involved in home schooling. It is not a choice to be made lightly or in the heat of the moment. This article will explore rationales for a decision to home school and look at the ramifications of the choice to home school.
- Religious: You may feel that you do not want to expose your children to certain type of ideas or individuals who do not have the same religious beliefs that you do.
- Better education: You may feel that you will be able to give your child a better education than the public school. You will be able to tailor the educational program to your child and provide undivided attention to them.
- Afraid of the school environment: You may be concerned that the school is in a neighborhood that is not very desirable or that the students in the school are not a good influence on your child.
- Personal vendetta with the school: You may have had an argument or problem with some of the school personnel including the principal and teachers.
- “Living off the grid”: You may like living a self-sufficient life style with little interaction with society in general.
Jennifer Cartwright B. A., M. Ed., Ed. D. Candidate,
has been a classroom teacher working with children with disabilities for the past 29 years. She began her career working with institutionalized severely and profoundly mentally impaired, multi-handicapped children and has, through the years, worked with children having various disabilities. Jennifer has taught in public schools in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Georgia. She has been a co-presenter for workshops on ADHD in New Hampshire. She currently lives and teaches in Georgia.Disclaimer: Any names used in this article do not represent any real people or children, but are based on the experience of Jennifer Cartwright in her many years of teaching experience.
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