As promised yesterday, here is a summary of reasons many children go to public high school. After the socialization myth , this might be the most asked question I get about our homeschooling. How was the decision made that, after 8th grade, your children would go to public high school?
For each home schooling family, this is really a very individual decision with many different resolutions. Many continue to home school in the same method through high school. Often home schooled high school students will take supplemental classes through a local college or university in order to pursue, for example, advanced math or science or literature classes.
By the time most homeschooled children reach high school age, they have mastered many of the independent learning, organizational, and motivational skills that the most successful college students have. Although the level of enthusiasm does vary a bit from child to child, they are more motivated learners than they might have been if not homeschooled. They know how to organize what they need to do and how best to utilize resources such as text books, teachers, and school counselors in order to be successful in high school. Up to this point in time, the broad and robust course offerings at our local high school have provided a great education for our oldest two children. Hopefully, this will continue at least until our 7th grader gets through high school.
Our local school district has been enticed by the money the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering to schools willing to adopt the Foundation’s “Small Schools Initiative”. Although the Gate’s have education’s best interests at heart, there are problems with their plan, especially for the higher achieving students. That critique, however, is a topic for another day.