05-15-2010, 10:19 PM
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Sadly all ya'lls rants lend credence to my own theories. I recently pulled my two kids out of school and began homeschooling. The schools they attended in Texas were phenomenal. I'd love to say it is state wide there, but it is probably more or less blind luck that we never had issues at schools we attended as kids or the schools our children attended. HERE, we have some major problems. After five months of them not lifting a single finger to meet the standards of education that Texas had provided for my "special needs" son, and after five months of my other son spiraling out of control, I had had enough. I was there for a minimum of an hour a day rectifying one issue or another. No matter how many experts, doctors, or specialists gave recommendations, the school kept stalling. It was a matter of my kids being the victims of the bottom line. Why spend money to accommodate a child that cannot take a standardized test? No test, no money. My younger son, who was being groomed to skip a grade at his previous school, hadn't completed a single assignment in class here, passed every test with 100%, and misbehaved constantly. I suggested that maybe he wasn't being challenged. They said I was putting him on a pedestal because my "other son has problems."
Two months into homeschooling, my so called special needs kid has finished his grade level in math and is well into next year's math curriculum, he loves reading now and hasn't shed a single tear over his work. My problem child is two grades ahead in reading, on par for writing and one grade ahead in math, he hasn't destroyed anything or had a huge tantrum since. I have my kids back after a six month crappy school hiatus.
Even at 7 and 8 I correct their grammar. The big favorite game now is catching each other. If they catch me I give them each a quarter. If they catch each other it's a dime. If I catch them it costs a nickel. Two birds one stone. counting money and grammar.