the public school is not meeting the needs of
The following are excerpts from letters we
have received from parents interested in receiving help and information
on homeschooling in Indiana. Specifics have been removed for privacy.
We are publishing these posts in an effort to portray to the general
public and the media, a more balanced picture of why parents are
transferring their children out of their local public schools to
educate them at home.
I am at my wits end. My son continues to fail almost all classes
despite his intelligence. He hates school. I have bent over backwards
to help him succeed.
He has mentioned college, but at this point, I
just want him to graduate from high school. I am seriously concerned
that he might not. He has mentioned that he could drop out. This
is not an option. I am an elementary school teacher. I work full-time.
I am wondering if [homeschooling] may be a better way for him to
succeed. Nothing else has worked and here we are now in 9th grade!
My son is in the third grade. He's a very intelligent kid but has
difficulty with the structure of the classroom and is easily bored.
He is not performing at his potential and his teachers/school administrators
are not equipped to give him the attention he needs. My son is very
interested in science and loves to experiement. I would like to
encourage this interest. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
I am considering homeschooling my 5 year old, who would start kindergarten
this fall. My 3 other children are in the public school system,
and I am very dissatisfied with the education that they are receiving.
I would like to homeschool my son for at least kindergarten, to
"see how it goes", then possibly continue from there. I work 3rd
shift, and I worry about the time involved for his education, as
I do not want to cause a delay in his education. I am overwhelmed
just trying to navigate the wide variety of information available,
and have no idea where to start. Thank you in advance for your time.
Subject: New to Homeschooling Old to Public Schools
After teaching in the public schools for four years, working as
a remediation aide this year, and having my children in and out
of daycares I have come to the realization that they are and will
be cheated from me, family life, and opportunities to experience
learning in a fun, natural, self motivated way. My oldest is about
to enter Kindergarten next year and I just can't send her to a public
school. I have taught in them and I know from first hand experience
what it's like being the teacher in a room of 25+ students. Xxxxxx
is intelligent, reading, writing, enjoys learning about science
and social studies, computer literate, and does her math when asked
;) She's an avid learner. I'm so scared that it will be sucked out
of her the day she sets foot in the door and is told to sit and
Wait to learn to read while the others learn their
letters, wait to write because the others aren't reading, wait,
wait, wait. And during all this waiting, she'll be bored. She'll
be looking for something to keep her interested and instead will
probably get in trouble....then disciplined, then squashed.
As a former public school teacher, I am guilty
of saying, "Draw while I help these children finish their work,"
or "Read a book until the rest finish." There has to be more to
learning than sitting and waiting. Please help! Thank you.
Well my son is 16 and in the tenth grade and has been failing since
the fourth grade. No one wants to do anything but keep passing him
to the next person. I dont know anything about home schooling so
any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
My son is in 9th grade. He has the reading
and math level of a 3rd grader. He has short term memory problems
and has a terrible time. The school system is not the place for
He feels singled out with the resource teachers
coming to class and sitting with him and being taken out of class
to go to the resource room for additional help. The help he receives
is not to catch him up and get him to his grade level. The help
is in the subjects he is forced to take that are way above his abilities
(Algebra, 9th grade English). How is he ever going to graduate?
I'd like to start over. Back up to where the "No
Child Left Behind" philosophy left him behind. School is nothing
but stress for him. It's hard to go somewhere everyday where you
are constantly set up to be a failure. I'm tired of the public school
system and so is he. We've just had enough. I just need help and
so does he.
As a mom of a nearly-seventeen year old girl who has always struggled
in school, I'm faced with a decision to pull her out of a public
school system that has seemingly failed. I'm willing to accept some
of the blame for the failure. Perhaps she needed far more attention...?
My daughter, the youngest of three children, has
been passed from grade to grade every year... and now finds herself
a junior at Xxxxx High School, completely lost in a system that
didn't seem to care enough. She has 25 of the 44 credits needed
to graduate. Even if she did pass every course in which she is enrolled
this semester, AND goes to summer school, she won't have what she
needs to graduate in June 2009. There has been at least one, possibly
more, teachers at Xxxxxx High School who have told my daughter that
she should just drop out and get her GED. This has not encouraged
anything except lower self-esteem. I'm not sure where to go or what