Actually, let me back up just a little bit in my story’s timeline. Honestly, my misplacement started well before the loss of the homeschooling opportunity. It started fairly early on in the course of teaching my son.
During my time of homeschooling, I had multiple personal priorities that needed some managing and, therefore, I didn’t feel I was fully able to give my son the kind of attention he needed to make sure he could function productively in his homeschool environment.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I truly valued the experience afforded to me to teach my son for two years of his formal education, but I always knew that it wasn’t something that I would be doing for the long-term (up to his high school graduation).
I believe that all of us inherently know when something we’re engaging in feels out of place and homeschooling didn’t come as naturally for me as I thought it would. I’m an avid admirer of teachers (my Mom is a retired teacher); yet, my love for teaching hasn’t equated to having a natural knack for educating, based on a full-time curriculum. And, I, most certainly, never received any type of formal teacher’s training or education degree.
On the other hand, I’ve had wonderful opportunities to teach children various subject matter in different settings; and of course, I teach my own children every day of their lives by simply “being their mom”. But any teaching that I had done on a regular basis (before homeschooling) was strictly of an organic and/or somewhat informal nature.
I’ve never been a teacher by profession, but I truly enjoy educating others on topics of interest that I’m truly passionate about and helping others with their learning and growing processes. For this very reason, Degrees of Maternity has been such an outlet of self-discovery for me because the creative platforms I’ve been able to construct have allowed me to do some educating (by the terms that complement my capabilities).
However, I didn’t feel as equally capable in the homeschool setting. From my vantage point, as someone who taught her child for two grade levels, I have to admit that it’s not an easy thing to make sure your child is crossing all of his T’s and dotting all of his I’s when it comes to meeting the academic demands that the State requires in order to graduate.
Furthermore, there’s so much more pressure to make sure your child has received the necessary preparation to meet the rigors of higher education, vocational training, and the professional workplace. And I owed it to myself and my son to make sure that we were both in our rightful placements to develop and utilize our capabilities to the fullest.
I also observed the fact that my son needed the structure and challenge that his public school could provide and identified that the type of driving force to be academically competitive was a strong part of his public school’s culture.
So, one of the parental perspectives I’ll always stand by is that it’s a parent’s responsibility to assist his or her child in developing his or her talents, skills, and abilities and to guide that child into opportunities to use those capabilities in order to arrive at strong and thriving rightful placements along the child-to-adulthood journey.