Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More on the California Ruling

Go here to read more about the California ruling on homeschooling. (I posted about this earlier, here.)


  1. This observation is tangential to the ruling. But, based on my very limited experience (7 months of being a mom), I'm not sure how homeschooling works when you have kids that are different ages. Joe is an absolute full time job. I cannot imagine trying to plan and implement one or more curriculums while taking care of him. He's been sick the past couple of days and honestly, I can't even take care of myself. I'm not sure how people handle infant care and still hold school. KM, I'm sure that you have thought this through more than I have. And, it's more likely than not that taking care of an infant gets easier each time.

  2. I haven't done a whole lot of calculating how it'll work. I know it can work because so many people manage it. I also know there are lots of advantages to multi-age learning environments, so that doesn't worry me too much. Some of the other blogs I read basically said they took 5-8 weeks off after the birth of a new one, just like a maternity leave. It's one of the reasons I'd considered a year-round schedule rather than the traditional school year -- more flexibility.

    One thing I've learned as a parent, schedules change. We have to be ready to re-evaluate how things are going and move on (like the switch from two naps to one, and the recognition that First Daughter really needed to be in her crib for naps so no more traveling about during those times). The good part of that is, as the kids all grow, the learning schedule will also grow and change.

    Next year shouldn't be too tough. I'm thinking of doing only 20-30 minutes a day with First Son on preschool type stuff with lots of "field trips" (fun for the whole family). We may even just convert his current quiet time to school time with hardly any notice on his part. (We already sit and read books or do puzzles. He had a few "worksheets" over the holidays with his cousin and thought they were fun. I'm hoping to keep it that way.)

    It's a bit scary, but exciting, too. And the more I learn and explore the research and issues, the more I believe it's the best choice for us. It won't be as easy as putting him on a school bus every day, but I think it'll be better for him and fulfilling for me. (I hope!) We'll see how it goes.

  3. KM,
    Not sure if you are open to discussion on this blog or not. If the answer is not and you'd rather communicate via email, I understand (and wouldn't mind at all if you deleted this comment!). Or, if you don't want to discuss it with me at all, that's okay too. But, since you directed your readership to the link--I read it. I also read it because I have thoughts about homeschooling that aren't very well researched. Okay, I read it until I got to the following line:
    "...Pray for the attorneys involved (for wisdom for the attorneys appealing to the California Supreme Court and for confusion for the state's attorneys)."
    Did I read that correctly? Are they really requesting that people pray for the state's attorneys to be confused?!!?!?!?! It's probably not nice that that made me laugh!

  4. I should probably go back and reread it because by the time they got to the praying part I just skimmed, but I think they were praying for the attorneys to no longer be confused.

    Though from your quote, it is rather hard to tell, isn't it?

  5. By the way, I love comments. Keep them coming!

  6. All kidding aside, I tend to make decisions based on my gut (which often aggravates my much more logical partner) and I have a pit in the stomach feeling realizing in that call to action the original impetus for the Court's decision is, in my opinion, marginalized. My mother is a middle school guidance counselor and a large portion of her job is making sure that kids are safe in their home environment. It would upset people to know, really, how many children are not safe.
    I can't help feeling that the more Christian (as I understand it) approach would be to care about all children, not just one's own (which seems to be the case in that call to action). Having checks and balances to parenting, such as is provided by school systems, is a way to have this double check (Granted, not all counselors are as good as my mom at their jobs and there are flaws in the system, but it's better than no system at all). Don't get me wrong; my first priority is my son. However, he is a member of a greater society, so part of my responsibility to him is helping to raise up, not ignore, his peers.
    I, personally, believe that more parent participation in the schools would be a better solution than the isolation tactic of home schooling.
    But, again, I have done little to no research on the topic (as usual). It's purely an emotional opinion.

  7. Thanks for being open to discussion and for posting information in the first place. I'm not sure I would have thought about it otherwise.

  8. I don't disagree that we should care for all children. Kansas Dad and I have talked about ways to do that (even considering fostering children in the future), but there are lots of reasons for homeschooling, some of which apply to us. Perhaps someday I'll be coherent enough to write up a post on all the reasons we've decided to give it a try.

    I wouldn't count on it anytime before or soon after baby, though.


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