I have have been a frequent critic of homeschoolers. I have criticized their choice of foregoing institutional education provided by the government and parish. I have stated that those insitutions only get weaker when families leave and do not fight back. They still get to spend your property taxes or donations even if you are not there.
After several months being frustrated with my current local gov’t school district, I appreciate why many have left. It is the District’s way or the highway and kids grow too quickly to get in there and fight all of this nonsense.
What I have realized is that I will have to educate my child protecting from the known errors and correcting the unforeseen. Due to my non-Catholic spouse and my own limits as a teacher neither homeschooling or the parish school are an option.
What I have discovered is that the administration calls the shots and the school board rubber stamps it. There is no apparent effort to gather opinions and ideas and see what the parents and property owners want and then get out of the way and let the Superintendent do his job. Instead, we have a school board where 4/6 come from the wealthiest neighborhood and the other two come from the next two wealthiest areas. 7/10 of the neighborhoods have no effective voice on the Board.
We are told that our city had many districts and that provides choices. Really the only choice is do you want to be in the district with a bunch of minorities or not. That is the only choice. I would gladly send my kids on a bus to the urban part of town if they would offer the anti-Jay Bennish(sp) approach and be pro-America, pro- family and pr-proven teaching methods in the depressed areas.