Home schoolers…

I had been fairly ambivalent about the whole concept of homeschooling until a few years ago. I kind of thought that it was for people who just loved spending time for their kids, and home schooler types had always struck me as a bit wierd. The public primary school I attended even had exclusive bretheren attending, so I kid of thought, if it’s ok for them, it must be ok for everyone!!

A few years ago I vaguely remember hearing of  a mother pulling her kids out a Catholic primary school because they had been teaching the kids that they should hang dream catchers above their beds to keep bad dreams away etc. I think they were even making them in class. I think that it had been the last straw of a haystack of problems, so the family left the school. I thought, good on them. Maybe these people aren’t so wierd after all…

The other night I was having a conversation with my mum, who is the Bishops rep on the board of a fairly reputable Catholic primary school here in CHCH. She mentioned that the school roll wasn’t that strong, or something along those lines, and that if the Catholic home schoolers (of which their is a fairly large number living around this particular school) all came, then the school would be very strong in termsof its roll. However, we both new that these families were not prepared to comprimise their Catholic faith, just to support a ‘so’called’ Catholic school. And we both thought them courageous for living the faith in this radical way.

I came across this great blog of a mother homeschooling her kids, very cool stuff!! And what a great name, Pulchra Doctrina – Beautiful Learning. (Marty will appreciate the Latin)

Oh and any primary school teachers planning on getting the kids to make dream catchers, how about getting the kids to make these instead… Better to start a rosary army!!

I think we will home school our kids, either that or free school them!


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    Comments: 5

    1. John Jensen March 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      …home schooler types had always struck me as a bit weird.

      We home-schooled our four all through, except the two boys went to college from fifth form – and we are more than a bit weird, so you are accurate there :-)

      We were Protestants through most of that time. Oh, our younger daughter did go to a Catholic college for two years (3rd and 4th form), then we took her out. It was one of the ones with a good reputation, too – but … well, her RE teacher once told her that it didn’t matter if you were a Catholic or a Protestant, but you should be strongly faithful to whichever you were – and that it was just like supporting a sport team. Go team!!

      Seemed a bit less than worth the time (for the commute) and the money.


    2. Lucia Maria March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      My youngest boy is now at a Catholic primary and intermediate school after five years of homeschooling. Yesterday he told me that in R.E. they are basically trying to equate Maori spirituality with Catholicism. Apparently their pantheistic beliefs that God is in the trees and the earth is much like our faith… NOT. Anyway, he knew enough that what they were “teaching” was wrong and I explained to him what pantheism was.

      I’m not too worried, though. He knows the R.E. part of his schooling is crap, and we are doing extra study at home and he’s getting other benefits from being at school right now. But seriously, if Catholic schools want the homeschoolers back, they really, really need to teach real Catholicism, not whatever is the fashion of the day.

    3. Voice in the wilderness March 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Having been a teacher at a public school and a Catholic school and having been a student at both too, I can quite confidently say that there are very few positives when it comes to “socialisation”, whatever that means. It is a term that comes up often when homeschooling is discussed. There is a fear that kids won’t come out balanced, and will spend the rest of their life living in a wardrobe or something.

      The socialisation that takes place at high schools (and primary I suppose) include: swearing, pornography, sexual relationships, mistrust of authority and a plethora of other social ills.

      Often the socialisation call comes from people of an older generation, who don’t quite understand how much schools have disintergrated over the past 50 odd years.

    4. John Jensen March 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Our only problem with socialisation was preventing toxic socialisation (mixed success :-)) – things like getting into their friends’ activities. Our children were involved in music groups which helped a lot.

      One nice thing about home-schooling – the kids don’t know what age they are. By that I mean they don’t identify with a cohort of children the same age. My children all were much better at relating to other young people and to adults regardless of age.


    5. JoyfulPapist April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I’ve always like the tagline on a homeschooling blog I saw several years ago when we were homeschooling two of our grandchildren. It was a pun on the line that it takes a village to raise a child.

      “I’ve seen the village, and they’re not raising my child!”

      The grandchildren are now in school, and doing well – but the benefits of their time in homeschooling show up in all sorts of ways, not least in independence of thought and confidence.