Monday, July 4, 2016

No such thing as one-size-fits-all education

No such thing as one-size-fits-all education
Despite the opinions of some highly vocal people on Twitter and other social media, I do not think the public school system is evil. I don’t think private school is egalitarian. And, I don’t think charter schools, homeschooling, or any other system of schooling are 100% right for 100% of families.

I have homeschooled my son for the past 9 years, and it has worked wonderfully for the two of us. It was easily one of the best family decisions I have ever made.

But, does that mean it’s right for your family?

Not necessarily. 

McKenzie and Todd both wrote recently about their frustration with kindergarten registration (HERE and HERE) and both mentioned that they don’t plan to homeschool anytime soon. It simply doesn’t fit their lifestyle at this time. And, maybe it never will—time will tell. 

I pulled my son out of public school—a terrific school with amazing teachers, by the way—because the system simply wasn’t working for us and I couldn’t afford the other options available, no matter how amazing they seemed at the time. 

One of my dearest friends started out homeschooling her daughter, then added homeschooling a group of siblings her family adopted, transitioned them all to private school, and currently has the oldest enrolled in a charter and the younger three in public school. 

Many of my friends have always homeschooled. Others have always public schooled. Others have only ever sent their children to private schools, charter programs, or alternative non-homeschooling programs. Some have started with one model, tried something else, and tried yet something else. 

The point is, we all have unique families with unique needs and we all move through various seasons in life, whether individually or as a whole with our families, and no one situation is totally right for everyone.

I truly wish all public schools were created equally, addressed the needs of all students, and resulted in highly educated, well rounded, happy and thriving young adults. Unfortunately, that is not reality. 

As you can see in THIS post, my own experience with my son and the public school system varied for his first several years of formal education. And, while we had a great experience at the last public school he attended, it turned out that homeschooling was the best option for us. And, over the last few years, we’ve even moved into unschooling. 

But, at the same time, I have stayed connected to multiple educational models through my own teaching and tutoring experiences and meeting other parents both inside and outside of the homeschooling world.

I have taught at an elite, but public, combined junior and senior high school in Queens, New York, a vocational college catering to recent adult immigrants from Asia and the Caribbean, and a private Christian college. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours tutoring students of all ages and widely varied backgrounds in a number of subjects and skills. And, I have become an exceptional trainer in my most recent non-teaching jobs.

Why am I telling you all of this? 

Because I want you to understand that the mission of is NOT to tell you that you must educate your children in any one way. We wish to work with you to find methods and opportunities that best fit your family’s needs—even if that means different methods for different members of the same family!

While we’ve been posting quite a bit about parenting and family life, we also are heavily focused on education and over the next few months will be rolling out both educational and family materials for use as stand-alone items or in conjunction with mentoring from We are also developing mentoring and coaching packages, planners, and even some curriculum! 

We would love some of your input as we get underway—what are your biggest struggles as parents when it comes to raising your children or dealing with educational issues? If you were to seek out help in these areas, what would you most need? 

Please leave a comment on this post, use the comment form on our blog’s sidebar, or email us. We’d love to hear from you!

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Be sure to join us on Facebook and here on the blog in July as we read The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents & Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre.

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