Thank you for your long and thoughtful responses to my last post. They really encouraged me and I mailed the letter to the local paper.
I like schools and I like the concept of learning with other children and being taught by professionals. I am also to this day very, very, very grateful to that handful of teachers that really taught me something, I especially want to thank my American lit teacher for teaching me symbolism and finding the story within a story and my driver's ed teacher, who drilled into us a full turn of the head for that blind spot check before turning, because "there might just be a bicycle back there. Always think that there's going to be a bicycle back there that appeared out of nowhere." Twice now, in fact, bicycles have appeared in my blind spot from out of nowhere. And thanks to my driver's ed instructor and that "full turn of the head", those cyclists are not paralyzed from the neck down.
I greatly admire those whom I know who homeschool. I am so very impressed by their children, their intellect, curiosity and abilities. I applaud those moms and dads, who in addition to all their other responsibilities, find new ways to foster learning at home. I am truly amazed. And thankful for their efforts to make great citizens.
I don't think I could homeschool. This is likely because of a lack of will on my part. And a lack of patience. And also a deep aversion to all forms of math beyond geometry. I like geometry. Me no likey calculus. Me hatey calculus.
I don't think our schools here are preparing our kids for the global, knowledge-based economy. I just don't.