At least, that is how it feels. I just completed registration for my daughter to take a class at the local high school.
However, my daughter is now signed up for 2nd hour choir, starting second semester. For us, it really isn't about the choir class, nor any other class she might have taken. I have other reasons, and I believe they are very good ones, with some unique circumstances. I'll share my reasons another time, because this situation required special permission with benefits beyond a choir class, and I want to be sure everything goes as it should first. While I'm not looking forward to the required strict morning routine that it will impose every day (bleh!), I think it will be worth it in the end.
To be clear, I'm not exactly the type that goes around spouting that public school is evil and bad and homeschooling is pure and good. Public school hasn't been the choice for my kids up until this point, but each family needs to make that decision on what is right for them. It isn't us vs. them or one perfect education decision. Everyone has a choice in the matter, and should have one without criticism.
The problem is, my choice for the last 9 1/2 years has been homeschooling. It has not gone without sacrifices and determination, and there is a lot of identity that goes with that. Granted, we are still considered homeschoolers in our state and it *is* just one class. And if it doesn't work as intended, we'll just go back to how things were. I still have complete control over my daughter's education, and that is my goal in my homeschooling decision. However, it still feels a bit...strange...and like I've gone to the "other side".
I'd love to hear from my readers...if you came across an "ideal" school situation/opportunity (whether part-time or full-time), would you take it? By "ideal" I mean one where your student would enjoy and thrive, was financially and/or academically beneficial, and left you with all the control cards? Would you give a try? Or, would you pass it by regardless because of your homeschooling principles or ideas?
I think this will make for an interesting discussion! However, I don't want a debate. Please share your thoughts and opinions respectfully.