I’ve recently started the slow process investigating colleges for my oldest. Mostly, examining what will she need to be prepared to take entrance exams, qualify for scholarships, etc.? She’s twelve, that seems a bit ridiculous. However, I’m learning it’s not given how many factors and variables there are. Maybe in like 12 years, I’ll write a post about college decisions, but for now, I’ll keep this one to a topic a little less novice for me: “How do I decide what primary education my children will receive?” I often get questions about homeschooling or sometimes just comments. They go like this: “How do you figure out how to educate three children of different ages?” or “I could NEVER do that, I just know it is not for me!” Yes, juggling three different age children has its challenges, and well, maybe homeschooling is not for you. I’d like to back up away from these particular details for just a moment, because, while these are important thoughts to consider, maybe there are some big-picture items to look at first.
I spoke to our mom’s seminar today at church about schooling. Before I did, with the help of some wise more experienced women, I prepared a list of discussion questions. I’d like to share those with you today in hopes that it might help others navigate their schooling choice.
These questions come from a Christian perspective and do not infer any one decision is best for all families. There is liberty in navigating your particular families needs and the season you are in. Some families find that public school is the right choice, some private or parochial, others homeschool some or all of their children at various ages. Some people send their children off to school with the intent of bringing them home for later years. I’ve known some families that do just the opposite and that works great for them. I think more important than the actual choice you make is how you arrive at that decision. The process of getting there and considering the decision from of the angles. School Choice Questions for Reflection and Discussion
What questions would you add to this list?