Last week my son officially became a homeschooling student. This is one curve ball that I did not see coming.
My son had been struggling in school. A lot. This past school year, 8th grade, was the tip of the iceberg. I tried to help my son as much as I could. The school, although it’s a great school district, did nothing to get my son the help that he needs. One teacher even went as far as telling me “Well, you can take a horse to drink water, but you can’t make him drink it!”
I was crushed. I know my son has sooooo much potential. I’ve seen him excel and do great on some projects and then totally bomb others. I can’t believe I’m telling you this but He did not graduate Jr High. He failed 2 classes and was not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. As a parent, I was extremely hurt with my son. I cried until I couldn’t anymore. I was embarrassed and ashamed with my family and friends. He is the only person not to graduate from a school in our family. I worked so hard to keep him afloat and try to make him skid on by but I was unsuccessful. We, were unsuccessful. Yet, he was still promoted to 9th grade, High School. I spoke with the teachers, principle and counselors to see if I could get my son to repeat the 8th grade. I got a big, fat NO! In other words, my son will still have the 8th grade problems in 9th grade.
I have taken control of my son’s education. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know why he is the way he is, in regards to his education but I am giving him all I got to make sure he gets the education that he deserves.
Were there distractions? I don’t know? Did he hang out with the wrong crowd? Nope! He doesn’t have any behavioral issues. He came home everyday, after school. The only problem is…
He’s too damn lazy.
He’s even gone as far as looking for “careers” that don’t require a college degree. He’s dreaming of becoming a professional skateboarder. I’ve told him that I’ll support him but I need to ask for something in exchange. I want him to get an education. He will get an education.
Then there was this:
Bill Cosby, I LOVE YOU!!! Can you believe we’ve had this conversation in my home! My son’s jaw dropped to the floor when he saw this.
This has given me the extra push that I needed to keep my son going. I have wanted to give up so many times but I will not give up on him. No matter what. And he knows that.
It’s a challenge, I’ll tell you that. A huge challenge. I hope I’m ready for it.
How do you feel about homeschooling? Are you doing it? Any words of advice? Have you been in my situation and your child’s education completely blossomed after switching to homeschooling?