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" I just use the county school system for a certain number of hours per day so I can work from home and earn money for our family."
So PS is the babysitter ! We choose frugal living and time with the kids over living at the bar placed by marketers.
We HS for 16 years, the kids have friends and not just those found in their particular class. They range from 65 to 3 years old.
I find the idea that public school is for interaction laughable. As stated here, only at lunch or parties were the good times found. Life does not segregate by age and I have been joyful to see how easily my six kids interact with people of all ages.
I have very active kids that I can't imagine would ever be able to sit for 6-8 hours! They, by their nature, are meant to move ,jump and run. I have had too many neighbors with kids just as active tell mine that the school wants them on ADD/ADHD drugs. The same kids in my yard that are active and curious. Not problematic just kids.
Those families with less than stellar results may be due to learning abilities. HS allows self pace without the fear of being "left back".
I went to PS and believe that had I been unschooled many more possibilities would be open for me.Not a great reason but it was because of my friends that I did not take some classes I had the opportunity to. I wanted to get classes with my friends. I don't want that for my children. When I see what they are doing I am glad they are able to follow their interests and not that of their peer group. My daughter has a unique sense of style that might not fly at school and that would be sad to repress.
I choose HS and the PS needs to be razed and rebuilt with the children in mind not corporate markets. Until then HS unschool is the best choice for us.
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