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Pressure to Homeschool

  • Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Every time something new happens with Ben and his school, somebody brings up homeschooling. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against other parents choosing to homeschool, nor do I have anything against the choice to homeschool being available.

I do, however, have a problem with others pressuring me and my husband to homeschool our children, Ben in particular. Homeschooling isn’t the solution. Not for us. Ben requires special education services, and we don’t have the training for that. Obviously, we teach him things. But we are not qualified to be his sole or his primary source of scholastic education. Nor are we interested in becoming qualified to be his sole or his primary source of scholastic education.

The school is responsible for educating Ben. The solution to our problem is for the school to meet its obligation. That very well may require others forcing them to meet this obligation. If so, I’m happy to do it and I know how to get help to make that happen.

Pressuring someone to homeschool their child is not appropriate. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Homeschooling is definitely not the right fit for my husband. While I may be closer, I’m also the breadwinner of my family. I can’t go to school, go to work, and spend a full day educating my child. Nor should I have to. We have schools for a reason. If there’s a problem, there are also ways to handle the problem that do not include pulling the child from school.