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!