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Subject:  Re: I am such a Wannabee! Date:  2/21/2004  4:03 AM
Author:  zsimpson Number:  1952 of 5069

I'm not trying to be elitist but you can't expect to put to very good children with other kids, 8-10 hours a day, and then expect them not to get tainted. The public school system has so many undisciplined and unruly kids that it is impossible for the administrators and teachers to do an effective job. Especially when they are expected to be this great “social change agent” that has been put upon them by politicians. Too many problems, not enough accountability, not enough discipline and too many parents that don't care because they are out working to pay for their 3000 sqf McMansions and SUV's. The many problems in public school is why the rich send theirs to private schools.

When the girls were really little, I had them in a Catholic preschool. I started looking at the bills, and got quite nervous. Public school was never an option for us. Both my husband and I had a miserable public school life. I was talking with another mom about the cost, and she said, "Well, we're planning on homeschooling." I had never heard of it, so I didn't really have an opinion either way. I checked into it, and now, we've been HSing for about 3 years actual, but technically 1 year (ages).

We wouldn't trade it even if we could afford to put them in private school. As you said, my kids are polite, considerate, well-behaved little girls. They are ahead in most of their studies, and people like having them around.

On the other end of it, we are not hampered by a schedule. As Hubby is retired, and my business is extremely flexible, we can tavel as we want. We do not have to wait for certain dates to travel. I take my laptop, printer, and the rest with me where ever we go, and i can run everything from that. We even set it up so that I can use my cell phone as a modem. Yesterday, we were driving on I-20 coming back from the accountant's and I was online while Hubby was driving.
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