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The alternative to “back to school”

by Dr. Randy


The Nightmare of Online Education

Most parents were very frustrated with the end of the school year and their children’s struggles with online education. Many children simply could not do their classes online and simply gave up or refused. Parents are understandably looking forward to having children educated by a teacher again rather than a computer. However, the educational system is not looking good. When I ask children what they like about school, they usually say, seeing their friends, and recess. But school is looking decidedly different in our new world. Children are going to wear masks and social distance, limiting the main reason they like school – playing with their friends.

I have spoken to parents who have said as soon as schools closed for in-person classes, their stress disappeared. No more struggles and fights trying to get children out the door in the mornings in the flurry of making lunches and feeding breakfast and brushing teeth and finding shoes for sleepy, grumpy kids.  All of the stress of school vanished, except the computer learning, which required parents to supervise their children’s online classes and become intimately familiar with the class material and the computer programs. Teachers have now become more stressed than ever with hybrid classes and an online curriculum and extensive restrictions.

The Homeschool Option

I am advising parents to avoid schools for children in these uncertain times. There are better alternatives than school with these restrictive rules. Homeschooling your children is a viable option for most parents. There are excellent ways to learn how to homeschool, and there are options to staying home with your children all day. Coops and networks of homeschoolers are available for families in many areas so that a group of parents can share the load of educating and supervising children. And, of course, children are likely to be more cooperative and enthusiastic about learning with other children’s parents than their own.

Consult an Expert

If you are not already familiar with homeschooling routines I suggest that you consult an expert. Elizabeth Hanson is a homeschooling expert that counsels parents has a course for parents to develop their homeschool skills and confidence. Anyone can homeschool their children. You do not need specialized skills or a teaching credential. Children enjoy the freedom of homeschool. And with some planning you can provide the social contact that children need.

Here is the contact information for Elizabeth. I urge you to consider withdrawing your children from school in these uncertain times.  And learn how easy it is to homeschool with an expert’s guidance. Watch this video.

Here is the enrollment information for her course to learn how to homeschool.

Smart Homeschooler Academy

And here is her extensive website.