Homeschool To Classroom: A Quiz For Anxious Parents

Are you at an appropriate level of freakout?

And, because I never get tired of it, here is one of the reasons we quit homeschooling:

and here is the attendant, admittedly rather skimpy explanation.

We are so lucky that we have a wonderful charter school half an hour away (which is why, in about a week, I’m going to resume moaning and groaning about how much time I spend in the car); but we also used the local public school for a year, and you know what?  It was fine.  Not great, but not fine.

And the charter school is not perfect — but no education is perfect.  Not home school, not public school, not private parochial school.  There are always gaps.  There are always problems that need fixing and mistakes that need addressing.  Once I realized this, I felt a lot less overwhelmed and more able to use my energy fixing the things that did need my attention, as well as appreciating the things that were new but good.

And driving.  I used lots and lots and lots of energy in driving.


  1. That really is a classic picture. So who drew the circles around her eyes? Those were clearly made by someone with decent fine motor skills, at least 10 or 12 years-old. Or did she fall twice for the old paint-on-the-rim-of-the-telescope trick I remember from so many Saturday morning cartoons?

    The rest of the tribal markings look very familiar. I have a two-year old who loves to paint her nails with dry erase markers. Once she’s finished her nails, she moves up her legs and arms. This pattern gives you a pretty good idea of how long she’s been alone at the ground-level white board. If she’s past her elbows and knees (which is roughly 30 minutes given her attention to detail) I know that I’m not checking in on her enough and thus opening the door to significant damage that can’t be fixed by a magic eraser.

    My prayer is that this is not an early sign that she is predisposed to tattoos.

  2. I love this picture. We put our kids in public school again after enduring yet another year of home school. Reason: everyone seems to like a sane mother, even adult children, husbands especially. Reason: ‘more time to play video games’ is not what you want to hear come out of your children’s mouths when you ask them why they want to be home schooled. Reason: I want to continue my education.

    I’m was thinking about whining about a 10 minute commute to their school, so I’ll shut up now.

  3. I love this picture. We are actually homeschooling for the first time this year, through a state charter school, so not totally on our own. This picture makes me laugh and terrifies me all at once. It’s also why I keep telling everyone that homeschooling does not have to be a permanent decision, but we at least owe our kids the chance to give a try.

  4. Dear Simcha,
    you remind me of G.K.Chesterton, the apostle of common sense.
    I live on a continent where most countries have no legal option for homeschooling at all, and all that stuff “Christianity=homeschooling” is pretty exotic for me.
    I’m born and raised in a (then) communist country, and all that anticlerical propaganda in fact made us stronger. Later I met many people from other countries who attended Catholic schools and had no idea about faith.
    Like Fulton Sheen said, “If you want your kids to defend their Faith send them to a public school, if you want them to lose their Faith send them to a Catholic School”.

  5. Love this photo — and hooray for charter schools! Our kids are in a great charter school too, and it’s the main reason I break into a cold sweat anytime the idea of moving comes up.

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