There are amazing teachers out there that make a difference in kids lives every day! There are outstanding teachers who deserve much more recognition, not to mention pay, than they will ever get. However, there are "not so great" teachers out there as well. I don't ever want my kids to be in the hands of a "not so great" anyone. Then there are good teachers that have their hands tied, or are limited in some way by the politics of public school and can only reach so far for their kids. There are no guarantees when it comes to my kids teachers.
Will all of my kids get good teachers for every subject, every year of their school careers? No. Will my kids teachers wait for them to master a topic before moving on? No. Will Prissy Pants' teachers recognize when she's trying so hard to please them and encourage her accordingly? Probably not. Will Z Girl's teachers understand that when she gets embarrassed and lashes out all she needs is reassurance and comfort, and will they give it to her? Not likely. When the time comes, will Funny Bones' teachers find new and creative ways of grabbing her attention instead of labeling her as ADHD or a "class clown"? I highly doubt it. Knowing these things, and as a mom who is both willing and able, how can I not take this responsibility into my own hands?
2. They can have one on one learning time.
3. They can advance quickly when ready.
7. No spending 99% of the school year preparing for a standardized test.
8. No taking standardized tests.
9. No stinky boys to distract my girls from learning.
10. No parent/teacher conferences about Z's attitude or FB's cutting up.
11. No seeing PP's nervous face when she has to walk into a big, scary class room full of strangers.
12. No worrying about my babies being bullied.
13. No worrying about a bullied kid taking revenge and shooting my babies.
14. No getting up before the sun to catch the bus.
15. We can sleep late and watch cartoons every single day.
16. We can start and stop school whenever we feel like it.
18. I get to watch the expressions on their faces when they finally "get" a concept!
22. I really get to know and understand each of them individually.
23. I get to learn right along with them.
25. And one of my favorites: my younger ones learn without much instruction because they listen and pay attention to what PP is doing! They surprise me all the time by what they've picked up.