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Homeschooling for the right reasons?

 
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SSmith1986
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Homeschooling for the right reasons? Reply with quote

I am new to this board as well as homeschooling, I started homeschooling my brother as of 11/01/05, He is in 2nd grade and he has always been in a public school with no problems, besides his kindergarten year when he was diagnosed with severe ADHD. He has never been picked on. But I am only 20 years old, and I had to move into the city, a nice area just a horrific school system compared to the county system. ( Baltimore Maryland) I never even enrolled him at the city school, when I went there and saw how bad it was. I called the public school system to find out about homeschooling. And signed him up immediately. He does very well with the homeschooling. He has a social life with friends. He is on a bowling league. So he gets to mingle with people his age there also. I guess I feel bad because sometimes (once in a great while) he will say he wants to be in regular school again. Am I making the right decision? The school he would go to is so downhill is unbelievable. Along with the entire city school system here in Baltimore. I have great text books that I ordered from Scott Foresman, a very nice classroom, and he seems to do a lot better with the one on one learning atmosphere. My goal is to one day be back in the county, so he can go to back to public school. Is that going to be too big of change for him though? I would say by 4th grade we should be back in the county. So it would only be 2 years out of public school. Can anyone offer advice?
Torn in Maryland
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a big city girl and honestly, I'm always offended by people who seem to think school is going to be "ok" or "better" in the country. Some great people come out of both enviroments - and some badly educated people come out of both.

I'm with Sherlock Holmes when he said there is more evil in the smiling countryside than in the city.

Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice - as I'm sure you've found out. As long as the student is exceling, then you shouldn't feel guilty.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Tabz about city vs. country. In fact, most city schools have better statistics than the small country ones, which is why I want to homeschool my daughter. Understandably, you don't have to worry as much about gangs, weapons and possibly drugs, but in small country schools, the teachers are sometimes underqualified and the funds they receive are minimal.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

country isn't all that bad. country schools tend to be more open to helping you. my son has a lot of special ed classes he still has at the public school. one hour a day. they were very open to cooperating with me. i don't know if a city school would be so willing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:50 pm    Post subject: County not Country Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies but I said County not Country, and if you read the reviews for the Baltimore City School System, most of the city is below average, and the city school system is underfunded. I attended city school for 2 years in middle school, and cried everyday that I had to go. It is by far a diffrent class of people, with different morals and values, then what he is used to. The school that he would attend would be Morrell Park School. Feel Free to look at the reviews.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Sorry about that I guess we got carried away a bit. I think you are doing the right thing. Keep him out of a place where he might be in danger. you did a great thing by researching the school and I can tell you are an active advocate for your brother and that is what counts, trust your instincts and you'll know what to do.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, you poor thing. I'm in Carroll Co, MD. I know what you're talking about. There isn't a school system worse than Baltimore City. I thought the state was coming in to clean it up, but they didn't. You are doing the right thing. Baltimore County schools aren't that bad. My son has a friend in 5th District Elementary. I hear it's a really good school. But Baltimore City is out of the question. Your brother is so lucky to have you. I don't know your circumstances, why you have him and you are so young. It's got to be very hard when you're just starting your own life. And adhd is not easy to deal with. When he grows up, he will remember you as a hero. You are making a difference in his life that really matters. Good luck to you both. Take care of each other.
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