I never thought I would say that sometimes public school is the answer. But, this past year, I realized sometimes public school is the answer (and I should not use the word never).
Yes, this past year my oldest attended public high school. Please, if you homeschool, hold your judgment until the end.
For years, he talked about high school and how he couldn’t wait to go. While we never had any intention of sending any of our children to public school again, I (yes, I – not ‘we’) decided it would be best for this particular child to venture out of the home. He needed to spread his wings, put his character to the test and (while I hate to admit it) show me if his home education stacked up well to his friends who had never homeschooled.
In many ways, I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did.
After a few rough weeks of acclimating academically, he found his footing and ended the first semester with a 3.8 GPA! WOOT WOOT! I was ecstatic. He was taking one honors class (Biology – oh yes, Apologia had prepared him well) and the rest were college prep classes.
To say, I felt a little proud, is an understatement. I felt that I had proven to many (non-homeschool) friends that homeschooling was just as good as the private and public schools his friends and peers had attended.
I know most homeschool Moms worry about that. Many homeschool Moms never share their fear because we are afraid others will think we don’t rely on God’s sovereignty enough… so, there it is. I’ve shared my secret fear and how public school answered that question.
But, that wasn’t the reason I decided public school was an option.
You see, I knew it was becoming a heart issue. This young man is a social creature. He thrives on being around other people. Not just some people, but any person. So, I knew he needed the opportunity to get out, meet more people and use that opportunity to see how his character would hold up. I also knew that the heart issue would fester and grow as long as that fruit was hanging there and I didn’t afford him the opportunity to prove that he could hold tight to what he had been taught at home.
So, I took him to the big school, with few windows and thousands of other kids.
I bet you’re wondering how his character in the world of public school and ‘all it has to offer’ especially since I shared how he did academically.
I wish I could say he remained unscathed and stuck to everything he had been taught. But, he didn’t. His character did not soar as high as his grades, it plummeted to the ground. Circumstances, bullying, self-esteem and knee injuries took their toll on his heart.
So, we have removed him from public school and it is not my intention to send him back. To help overcome some of the heart issues, we will be using books and products from the Character Bundle this summer to rediscover some of the fruit of our previous homeschool labor. (I’ve already purchased it and recommend you buy our own bundle(s)!)
Public school became an opportunity to help my oldest see that he can do the work and there are many things that are ‘good’ about school and many things that are ‘bad.’ He would argue that there are good and bad things about homeschool.
And that is an argument we would both agree on.
No ‘school’ is perfect. No person is perfect.
Sometimes public school is the answer and sometimes it is not. In our case, it answered many questions but helped us remember the reasons we chose to homeschool.Please note, this post contains affiliate links. See disclosure for full information