Well, I have often gone back and forth about how I feel about homeschooling. I remember as a new teacher, I felt indignant that some untrained parent thought they could do better than people who took YEARS to learn about and train in the craft of teaching. Then as I gained experience and age (hopefully wisdom came in there somewhere), I began to see how beneficial home school could be for some kids and for some families. One of my best friends home schools her child and is so active in it. She has always made sure that her children are exposed to the best things that life and the community have to offer. She takes them to community centre groups, to swimming lessons, to library story times and all kinds of educational events that students in public and private schools simply don't have the time to do. But she is also a trained teacher and nutritionist. She is exactly what home schooling should look like, but as I've come to find out, often doesn't. Recently a received a new student. She had been partially home schooled and partially in school. She is in Kindergarten and I don' t know what the standards were for where she was from or for home school, but mid way through April she can only write her first name, doesn't know the names of most of the letters or their sounds. She has no sight words, no math skills, no understanding in science or social studies. Basically, she came in like she had NEVER been exposed to school at all before. At first I excused it as being in Kindergarten but her grade one and grade three brothers and her grade 5 sister are in nearly the same boat. And so my pendulum of thoughts on home school is swinging back into the negative.
I know that home school is really in the hands of the parents who avail of their right to home school but it makes me nervous. I almost wish that there was some evaluation of those parents and if they couldn't meet state/province/national standards, then they would not be allowed to home school or that they would be put on probation for a time period.
Okay... I am getting off my high and mighty teacher soap box now. Thanks for reading/listening. It feels good to vent it out.