Originally Posted by sweetpeasmom
I was just curious as to what your experience was when you were a child if you were in public schools, or even private schools. Did your experience play a factor in your decision to homeschool?
I guess I had an average ps experience. I hated school, as did most of the kids. Some years I liked the teacher, some years I hated the teacher. I always hated homework, never studied, got by with the minimum amount of work. (I figured, if I could scratch together a midterm report the night before it was due and pull off a "B" why put more time into it than that?) There were bullies. Some I could stand up to, others I couldn't. I looked forward to assemblies and the smoking hall, art class and literature (the teacher was a radical feminist and I was more interested in her political opinions than in what my classmates had to say about the books we were reading.) Dreaded math class and French class (that teacher creeped me out.)
There were certain highlights--the 7th grade science teacher who researched one of my questions and got back to me the next day with an answer. I was stunned that he did that for me. The German teacher that I was in love with. Getting out of classes early to go to dance rehersals or performances (my true love.) But mostly, I just put up with school because all kids had to.
It wasn't until many years later that I started to analyze the experience. At the time, it was just what I had to do, yk?
So, I couldn't relate to ds's feelings of being overwhelmed when he was in school, but I could relate to his not wanting to be there. I recognized the feeling of wasting your life, and remembered the knots in my stomach from having to deal with teachers who were unfair or students who were mean.
I didn't directly say, "I hated school, therefore I won't send my dc." But having gone to school, I understood the things about it that he couldn't deal with. Originally, I sent ds to school because I didn't think there was any other option. I tried to *make* his school be the place he needed it to be, and while that was proving impossible, I was learning about homeschooling and it all just came together.