I am a big advocate of public schools, and schools in general. I think the school setting teaches a lot about life. I think there are things about having other authority figures in a kids life, having negative influences around, yes, negative, and the group setting that are important to a kids development.
On a more personal level, i specifically chose this house and area because of the district. I didnt have many options and this was the best one, and i did research quite a bit.
The problem is, they are confusing the heck out of my kid.
I have posted about Raeanna and school before. You all know about the homework situation. I messed up on the dates of conferences, they arent until next week. But, I have reached my own compromise for now. First, CVC words are just not being done. All the spelling words are still cvc words. Second, speech homework i am only doing twice a week. Finally, reading homework that comes home once a week is only done quickly-pages are skimmed, and if i feel like it, i read it to her instead of making her do it. And discussion will be had with ALL teachers next week when confrences actually are.
But, the curriculum just bugs me. I HATE Saxon Math. I didn't like it 15 yrs ago when i had to teach with it, and i still don't like it. I do get it. I get why the school uses it (beyond its convenience) and i can see how it would work for some kids. I dont think its working for mine at all.
And the reading curriculum is, i think, hindering her reading process. First, thinking back to when i was in school, it was phonics 100%. There was no such thing as sight words and "guess based on context/pictures." In fact, that was firmly discouraged. But thinking back to when Caiti was learning to read, that was all the rage, and it confused the heck out of her too. And its doing the same to Raeanna.
And none of that touches the lack of science and social studies I am seeing (which bothered me about all schools 15 yrs ago.)
Someone posted a comment on one of my other posts on this about thinking i (or maybe it was a general you) could not home school when I already seemed to be. And to be honest it did get me thinking.
I asked DH his thoughts and he said he thinks i am better qualified than any district in the area, but that doesn't know if i have the time or energy. A legit concern to me i wanted to do some homeschooling type things with the kids over the summer and struggled to fit it all in. I dont know if i have enough self discipline.
I dunno. The biggest thing for me is that i know what would help my kid and i know how to do it. What i don't know is if homeschooling would have unintended consequences.