"(1) Keep the dialog going between you and DH. Listen to his concerns. Ask if he would consider a trial year and re-evaluate at the end of the year. There will be a trial "visiting week" in any case before you can enroll in the school. (2) Ask the school if they can put you in contact with other families currently enrolled, especially with Dads. Maybe you can meet a couple of families, meet their kids, see what you think... keeping in mind there is great diversity within the school."
Good suggestions. We've kind of put talking about it on hold, esp. since dh is now "making the face" whenever the school name comes up...
Stik -- I was not so much in agreement with the idea that college doesn't do much for people as I was with the sentiment that A LOT of my education involved requirements or things I thought I "should" take and that I had little or no interest in. At any rate, college is a long way off for a 5 and 8 year old and it really irks me that at such a young age kids are drilled and drilled and answering multiple choice questions, and tested ad nauseum, and the work is dull and they don't get to be creative -- music is 45 minutes a week, so is library, gym, art. "Specials" they are...
As far as the accredidation goes -- I'll have to look into/think about that one. Thanks for the links.
I guess I could put a big yellow light on my minivan and cart my kids around to piano lessons, voice lessons, art, sports, dance, creative writing, and on and on, but I'm getting ready to pursue some interests of my own and hopefully start working more too. Would I rather not pay tuition? Yeah, sure. But I'm afraid I'm just not the unschooling type and if my dh won't go for sudbury valley, he definitely wouldn't go for unschooling. (Home schooling with a little classroom and posters and chalkboard and me standing there in front of a map, he might, but I don't want to do that..., or do I?
) ...and as far as private school tuition goes -- it's not that bad. Both girls could go for approx. $10,000 with flexible hours and days...(Not that we have that kind of cash lying around, but I'll cross that bridge when we get there...)
As for the "tour guide" issue, the boy who showed us around really wasn't all that impressive! He was nice, yes, but didn't know a lot of the answers to our questions and had only been at the school one year!
It's a lot to think about and I appreciate the support/criticisms. I guess I'll have to keep talking to people, do the interview and go from there.