Wednesday, August 11, 2010

abysmal harangues

Prajna and I ordered a pretty large package from Sonlight Curriculum yesterday. This coming year we’re going to be spending more hours homeschooling that we ever have before. Part of Homeschooling is learning as we go along. Some years we’ve done more, some less. Prajna tried to do a lot one year but I was working days and never participated in it.
This new school year is going to be a bit of a shock for the kids. I think that Harrison understands the importance because he’s getting close to the age where a lot of his peers are getting ready to complete high school. But the next two kids down may have difficulty adjusting to so much work.
I wish I could tell them how abysmal government schools are. But I would hate to hear the cliché sound of an old dad talking about having to be ready for the school bus at 7:00 in the morning. Waiting with a bunch of unsupervised big kids cussing at each other only to ride a wheezing gear grinding vehicle over town to pick up a bunch more of the same. After disembarking at the intermediate school we waited another 30 to 40 minutes for the bus to bring the next trip up before school began.
There’s too much to harangue and I don’t want to just weep over what a miserable school life I had. A lot of the teachers did the best that they could and loved their jobs.
We homeschool because we love our kids regardless of the condition of government schools. It’s not about making up for miserable childhood. It’s about experiencing a joyful childhood today and building a strong future for tomorrow.

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