In the beginning, your kids need youâ€”a lot. Theyâ€™re attached to your hip, all the time. It might be a month. It might be five years. Then suddenly you are expected to send them off to school for seven hours a day, where theyâ€™ll have to cope with life in ways they never had to before. You no longer control what they learn, or how, or with whom.
Unless you decide, like an emerging population of parents in cities across the country, to forgo that age-old rite of passage entirely.
When Tera and Eric Schreiberâ€™s oldest child was about to start kindergarten, the couple toured the high-achieving public elementary school a block away from their home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood near the University of Washington. It was â€śa great neighborhood school,â€ť Tera says. They also applied to a private school, and Daisy was accepted. But in the end they chose a third path: no school at all....
Sure wish my folks had done this with me. There were PLENTY of other kids my age at our local church and neighborhood to fulfill any so-called "socialization needs" public school advocates have so often criticized homes-schools for supposedly lacking.