|Originally posted by erika
You might find the answer in the homeschooling laws for your state. Iowa, where I live, has very liberal homeschooling laws, so the district is required to let you put your child in part-time if that is what you want. The district may not like it, but they don't have a choice, and it is up to you whether you do it two hours a day/two days a week or whatever.
I live in Dubuque Iowa, and the public schools in this city changed from half-day to mandatory full-day kindergarten this school year. My youngest son happened to be the right age for kindergarten this year, and we were torn about whether or not to homeschool him, and in many ways still are undecided.
I talked to several people working in the school system and they unanimously said that we as parents had NO CHOICE about full days. If I wanted to send my child to Kindergarten, FULL DAY was the only option. If this was not the law, I wish I would have known what to say to make them comply, because I wished very much to have the option to send him half-days.
In my opinion, the full-day Kindergarten is being used by working parents as a state daycare. Not only that, but the school's mentality is to pretend that Stay-at-Home parents don't exist. My guess is that they must take this stance in order to assume more importance in the lives of our children. If a little education is good, more is better, right..? With the result being that "school" grows and grows until it swallows up the child's whole waking life.
I myself am unhappy with the idea of raising a child until age 5 or 6 and then being forced by law into handing him into someone else's unsupervised care for 6-7 hours per day. The schools here are hostile to parent input. I suppose it is because school administrators must be convinced that "educating" children so young is a worthy cause. They have to strip them from the arms of their parents in order to take full control. I resent it.
I've sat in on my son's classroom several times, and I believe that he is receiving a so-so educational experience. Some moments are good, others are negative. He is reluctant to go to school and it is a chore to get him out of bed in the morning. Every day he asks me to homeschool him.
I've been thinking about taking him out of school until he's six years old (that is the start of mandatory education in Iowa) but probably what will happen is that we just stumble along for the rest of the school year. I'm so glad I didn't send him to preschool. There are many things I dislike about this school district, and the primary thing I dislike is how strongly they devalue parenting.