I received this comment in response to my post, Reason #239 to Homeschool:
I agree that this teacher was way out of line. There is no excuse for treating a student in this way. But, please be careful not to condemn all public school teachers because of the actions of a few. Like all professions, we have great ones and horrid ones who should never see the inside of a classroom again. I am a public school teacher and a parent as well. I have a passion for my job and I love the kids entrusted to me each school year. For that nine months, they are just like my own. But the job is harder than ever because of budget cuts, class size increases,staffing decreases, and the ever present politics. So please say a prayer for us as we fight to give "our" children the best education we can under the circumstances.
Cindy, OreganMy point was not: public schools are bad because some teachers are bad. I sincerely apologize for making you think that.
My point was: Nobody will care about your children as much as you do.
Families who send their children to public schools are sending off their most precious possessions to complete strangers. That's what I'm wanting people to question.
I know there are plenty of teachers who care greatly about their students; but a teacher can never care as much as a loving parent. They can only be substitutes.
Not to mention all the junk you mention dealing with as a public school teacher. Those are distractions that homeschool parents never have to bother with. Why would anyone want to send their children into that?
Rather than taking a gamble every year that no teacher will do something horrible to your child; why not make certain that they are being lovingly taught and cared for by their teacher by becoming their teacher?
YOU know your child best.