(1) If you can name one major reason for choosing to homeschool, what is it?
It allows us more freedom to travel and experience things. If we had continued with public school, we would not have seen Germany, Canada, most of the 50 states, Laura Ingalls' house, Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon...
(2) What is one thing you dislike most about public (or private) school for your child/ren?
Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school." -Texas Federal District Judge Melinda Harmon
That sums it up very well for me. Excuse me if I get a bit ranty here, but to go more in depth, we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. I don't like sitting in my son's kindergarten class and, during recess, hear another teacher keeping in a kindergartener during that time to scream at her to "JUST MAKE A 1!!! DO IT!!!" My children should not have to be subject to that abuse.
My children........key word there being MY. Why do I have a choice in pediatricians, coaches, tutors, etc., but for the most important time in MY child's life, I'm supposed to hand him over to the lottery system? No. Give me a choice - let ME interview teachers and write down who I want for my child. The school system is a public service. I should be able to choose who I want in my service.
I don't like picking up my child to find he has a swollen black eye, and the school decided that rather than call me at work would leave a message on my home phone that said, "B was hit by an older child in the bathroom today. But it's okay, he accepted the other boy's apology." Especially when the other child has a history of bullying younger students and they still let him out during the kindergarten play time.
I don't like them losing MY child, and then blaming it on him, when
1. they decided to do construction at the school and didn't tell the parents.
2. they chose a different door every day for the kids to go out of, and didn't tell the parents.
3. they turn a bunch of 5 and 6yos loose, knowing parents are waiting, trying to figure out where the kids are, and don't lead them to the door.
4. they lie, to the superintendent the next day about the construction and how it went.
I don't like fighting with the school every week because my child takes a cold lunch, but I get a bill for $10 for hot lunches. If they relied on a better system (small children, string of 6 numbers to remember instead of having it on CARDS like it should have been), this could have been avoided.
I didn't like the secretary treating parents like they were gum under her shoe, with a "whaddya want?" and surly voice.
I didn't like being told I needed to be more involved in my child's education and how the school loves volunteers, and when I attempted to volunteer in any capacity (I have library tech skills, I used to be a story teller, I was willing to help the teacher, be a lunch aide), what 'volunteer' really meant was 'give us more money'.
I didn't like seeing money wasted. After spending quite a bit on personal and classroom supplies, the first newsletter of the year announcing that every 5th grader would get a laptop to use infuriated me. If they have that much extra to get 90 laptops, after a nice computer lab was set up 2 years before, then they should be taking care of the school first. Allocate more for classroom supplies.
I could go on, but here at home we don't have to deal with any of that and I have a happier child who would rather not set foot in a public school again.