HOW DO HOMESCHOOLED PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING?
Saturday, May 14, 2011 1:13:59 PM
I am a 35 year old male that was homeschooled for most of my life through the A.C.E program, which I understand at one time was not even accredited. I believe I got a raw deal for the most part. I was given this lot in life for the sake of religion. Even though my father is no longer alive the question I often like to ask him now that I am older is "why". He was not an ignorant man and actually only had one semester to finish for his CPA in accounting prior to enlisting in the military ( he never finished). But for some reason he fell for a cult like church which believed all public schools were evil and the product they produced would be the same. Well, let me tell you, I was far from being an angel as a teenager and in our circles, I would have been considered rebellious (I was). The part that really gripes me though is the fact that my parents had no involvment in my schooling but rather my Aunt who at one point even decided to move next door to us because of her insane attachment to one of my siblings. She too belonged to this church (phsyco)! As a result, we had limited instruction / teaching and were basically left to ourselves (four brothers) and when we did have problems we were treated harshly because no one had the patience to explain something to us. Did I mention the the Aunt did not even have a high school diploma! We (four brothers and I) were basically expected to teach ourselves. I never knew growing up that there were actually guidelines governing homeschooling, but later in life I found out that my Aunt was acutally not permitted to homeschool us. By law my parents should have taught us. Then I thought, "how did the local school district let us slip through the crack and not hold my parents accountable?" Why didn't we have to report to the local school district? Well, it turns out that my aunt used the name of the Academy through the church we attended, which was no longer in existence, as a means to avoid any reporting requirements to the local school district. No wonder!!! On top of all that, my father actually paid her pretty good money to homeschool all of us. I don't know for sure, but it almost seemed like a pretty good deal for her to give up. She could stay home with her daughter (her too!) and get paid! What a deal! As for my brothers and I, we all feel pretty much the same way, we got robbed. Robbed of meeting other children in our neighborhood, robbed of any community involvement, robbed of sports activities, robbed of support for higher education, robbed of so many opportunities and advantages that so many kids probably thought to be a bore and took for granted. Though my opportunities were limited I managed to obtain my GED, since the diploma we would have received was not real. Today I am a manager in a good size corporation and I am doing well, but the thought that I just cannot get pass is "why".