Is it time to think differently about education?
I shared a few posts last week about education. Last night my wife and I attended a meeting at the high school my youngest daughter will be attending. What I heard was discouraging. My daughter has become very interested in music and it has really helped her become a better student. If I understood the speaker correctly last night, my daughter could have her electives taken away from her so they can give her “credit recovery” classes in the subjects she can’t pass the GQE in. Losing orchestra would devastate her. It is what keeps her going, and she’s shown steady improvement in playing the violin. She is an inclusion student – meaning she has an IEP and gets special instruction for some of the subjects that give her trouble. I’m really beginning to question the methods that are being used. I don’t think the system worked for my eldest daughter, who is mildly handicapped, and is now struggling to fit in with life outside of school. So I started some research today, and I wanted to throw this on the internet in hopes that some families will find this post and maybe respond.
I’ve been aware of home schooling. It has been considered in our home, but we’ve always been concerned that we won’t be effective teachers. I’m wondering how other families overcame that notion. I’d like to get some perspective from both sides. Did it work for you? If so, why? If not, why?
Also, I just found this article on unschooling (related article), which appears to be an interesting notion, and I think it has some merit where my kids are concerned. My kids are inquisitive, but I’m afraid they don’t ask all their questions in school like they do at home. I like to hear from parents that have tried this too, along with the why’s and why not’s.
Yes, I’m giving educators the opportunity to help us too. I have another meeting scheduled to discuss my daughter’s IEP and future. I just think I’m getting a bit more serious about alternatives. I need something that works for her and helps become the young lady I know she can me. And if conventional thinking doesn’t work, I can pursue the alternatives.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to search the ‘net for other articles and blogs, and try to get some perspective. To those who respond – thanks in advance.