Yesterday I was freaking out a bit (actually a complete panic meltdown would be a more suitable description) about whether I should send the kids back to mainstream school and was I just being a hippy thinking of Home Ed (HE).
I decided to buy the books on the school book list just in case we decided that mainstream school was the right option – I bumped into another mother (who is a secondary school teacher) I haven’t seen in about 10 years and when I said we were going to do home schooling she nearly had a fit and said to my daughter, to quote ‘the people who have the most money have the most fun and the people who have the most money have the best jobs and to get the best jobs you have to get the highest points’.
I don’t think it was a coincidence that I met her yesterday. I just wanted to throw my arms around her and hug her. She had said just the right thing at the right time.
I’m glad I still understand the meaning of the word ‘education’. I walked away from her and her stressed out kids, knowing HE is 100% for us and feeling more relaxed than ever with our decision. I walked back down the street, into the book shop and exchanged the school books I had bought for more interesting books which the kids have already started enjoying.