Shannon Stacey

Homeschooling…not for us

“You should homeschool the boys.”

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve heard that over the last few years. And with TK starting high school tomorrow, I’ll admit I gave it a passing thought.

Very passing. As in blowing by a Buick on a blind corner kinda passing.

The top three reasons there won’t be any homeschooling at Casa Stacey:

#3: Surviving high school is a necessary skill. And the social aspect is incredibly important. Yes, I know many families who homeschool and their lives are a social whirl—there are sports and field trips and extracurricular activities. I, however, am an extreme introvert and if my children didn’t leave the house to go to school they’d know maybe six people.

#2: My children are smarter than me.

#1: Fortunately for the future of my children, I’m a pretty self-aware person and I always put off until tomorrow what I should have done yesterday. Discipline? HA!

SK finished second grade on June 18th, and before the end of school he received his book assignment on which to base his summer reading project, as well as a calendar of math activities. Third grade starts tomorrow.

Guess what we’re doing today?


Every. Single. Year.

5 comments to “Homeschooling…not for us”

  1. Karen Templeton
      · August 31st, 2009 at 10:36 am · Link

    I admire people who homeschool. Truly. And I know many kids who, allowed to progress at their own pace, were done with the whole shebang two or three years early, then went on to blow everyone’s minds at college.


    a) I could not write and homeschool. I know others who do, but the dedication and creativity that homeschooling demands (if done properly) would totally deplete the brain for other creative endeavors.

    b) Like you, I know nobody. IRL, at least. Kids would have aced “Social Ineptitude.”

    c) Math

    d) There would have been blood. :gaah:

  2. Shannon
      · August 31st, 2009 at 10:38 am · Link

    That’s another thing…I have no patience. No teacher-ability AT ALL.

    Just trying to help with a couple of homework problems leads to a loud intensity I’m sure has the boys wanting to go Menendez on me with a #2 pencil.


  3. Annmarie
      · August 31st, 2009 at 10:46 am · Link

    I don’t have kids so I’ve never faced this dilemma. I did homeschool a neighbor’s kid this summer to get him up to speed for the GED. He passed. WITH flying colors. I loved teaching but found that if I homeschooled full time, I would have to quit the day job. It requires a LOT of planning and learning (I’ve forgotten higher math).

  4. Rhonda
      · August 31st, 2009 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Karen’s d) = why we will never homeschool, someone would be institutionalized. :gaah:

  5. Jill Sorenson
      · September 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I was a teacher BC (before children) but I have no desire to homeschool. I don’t think I could do a better job, single-handedly, than a variety of experienced, qualified professionals. What about cultural diversity and group discussions and opposing viewpoints?

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