The key words in that paragraph are an effective and inspiring teacher ....... perhaps other districts are different and I know that there are a handful of teachers that truly care about children and want to shape their little minds, but the majority of teachers in our school district are there for the paycheck and summers off. I know this because I worked there for two school years. I truly believe that God provided me the job to show me what was going on in our schools. It was after beginning that job that homeschooling became so important to me. I was privvy to the inner workings of our local school system and it terrified me! With the teachers who do truly care, the spirit is quickly sucked out of them by the political machine (the local school board) or the demands the government puts on them regarding state testing and the like. It isn't the fault of the teachers, most of them do the best they can. It's a broken system and I'm thankful that we removed The Youngun from it before she was broken as well.Take away time, take away learning. As the co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program, a national network of extended-day public charter schools, I know there is no substitute for the hours a student spends with an effective and inspiring teacher.
The Youngun and I were doing some schooling today and she did a couple workbook pages and took a little quiz that I made up about wolves. I graded them and she said......... Mom, I hope I didn't get an F! I said.....We don't have F's here, just Good jobs! or Ooops, we need to work on that! My friend Darlin' Deb came over to visit and we were talking about this subject. Take an average public school classroom of 27 kids..........they take a test.........5 of them receive F's.......5 receive D's..........the rest of the class C's B's and A's. Those 10 children obviously didn't get the material. They obviously didn't understand it, so common sense dictates they need to remain with the subject, and do more study on it. Do you think that's what happens? Nope.........they get the tests handed back to them and they move on to the next topic. Even if the kid takes the test home (which wasn't allowed in my daughter's public school class, because of the fear of cheating.......they use the same tests year after year after year, so they won't send graded tests home, but that's a whole 'nother blog post!!) the average parent isn't going to go over it with the child, and even if they do they may not know the answers, or how to reteach the material. If the classroom teacher stopped moving forward for those 10 children, in order for them to understand and retain the material, that wouldn't be fair to the other children in the class. How in the world does a piece of paper full of red marks inspire a child? How does that teach them what they so obviously didn't know, retain, or understand? It breaks kids and makes them think they are dumb, so eventually they just stop trying! See.........a broken system. It just doesn't work!!
The Youngun is a fabulous reader, good at english and grammar, pretty darned good at science (as long as it's in regard to life sciences) and isn't very strong in math. The beauty of homeschooling for us is that she can read whatever she wants to read (her school wouldn't let her read above her grade level) and we can take math as slowly as we need to, and believe me we are taking it slowly. She was bored out of her mind in reading and grammar, and getting left behind in math. Having her home with me, we can tailor the curriculum to her needs, and with enough prayer and preparation she will have an effective and inspiring teacher! I love homeschooling and struggle with wishing we'd done it sooner. I don't play that game though.........God puts us where He wants us, when He wants us there and that's a beautiful thing!
Please forgive me if this post seems random and rambling.....I've read over it several times and it even seems that way to me, but it's stuff that I wanted to get off my chest! Thanks for reading!
Till next time...........GOD BLESS...