So I spent a good deal of yesterday on the phone with online "public school" charters. One in particular actually. I did have two very informative conversations and although I did not find a solution for my families homeschooling needs I did at least learn a few things. There is a very distinct difference between "homeschooling" and "online public school". Online public school it seems is an extension of regular public school. They continued to use the phrase "at home education" vs. Homeschooling. Its government funded, you use your states curriculum, and you need to face their expectations within a timely manner, and you need to still answer to the state. All fine and good, I'm not "anti-man"...ok well maybe I am to some extent but this originally viable choice just does not seem to be the answer. How is this going to help Riley feel less overwhelmed if he's still got the same overwhelming pace of work? The general outline seemed to go like this: Sign onto the website every single day, log in what hours were done, 4-5 hours per day is absolutely MANDATORY. (this includes "online gym & art", yes I said it. Online gym) and every 20 lessons theres a 15-20 page test that needs to be scanned and sent into the charter school for evaluation. Honestly the structure and routine sounded somewhat appealing, I'm about as un-organized as they come and I think whatever solution we do find will have to have some sort of check list.
Something that really discouraged me in particular is the woman continued to say things like "you are solely responsible for his education", "it is YOUR job to teach him", and "You are his only teacher". No!!!!!????? Really? Thanks I hadn't really thought of that. Seriously? It pissed me off and made me sad. Why is it so hard to grasp the concept. They are my children, why should I not be held accountable? According to the law, if he robs a bank I'm likely to get hauled in right there with him. If I send him to public school and he turns into a real head case its my fault, If I homeschool him and he turns into a head case...its my fault. I'm going to take the blame for him potentially being a total failure either way why not at least take the matter into my own hands?
I've seen a good deal of buzz around the term unschooling in particular and I'm beginning to really feel like I've gone from being completely oblivious to drowning in answers. Homeschooling is not just homeschooling...its bits and pieces and cliques. It seems to me that joining a homeschooling routine is much line committing to a cult. Theres extremely religious, theres extremely hippie, theres online public school and I still have no clue what is right for us.