It is this individualization that draws families to home schooling. "Because of the direct one-on-one interaction, you can tell if material is too boring or too difficult for your child and can make adjustments to that," says West Chester CHEC(Christian Home Education of Cincinnati) support group leader Susan Schechter, who has home schooled her two children for eight years. "I've always felt that I was able to do with home schooling what most teachers would like to do if they had the time and money." While expenses are not always a problem for home schoolers, they receive no financial aid from the government, and come from mostly single-paycheck families so that one parent can teach at home. "The idea is for parents to participate and share the skills they have with others so that we (home schooling families) don't have to hire as many teachers," says Schechter.
My family has a cleaning lady come to the house four times a week to do most of the work around the house. A few of her jobs include doing the dishes, taking out the trash, sweeping the floors and dusting. If for some reason the cleaning lady is not able to come to our house, my parents will ask me or one of my two sisters to help out with the chores for the day. We often agree and help out if we are not busy. The only things that my parents are really concerned with is school and work.
Without communication between parents and teachers everyone would be lost even the children. When teachers and parents communicate it’s not just about their children it’s also about what’s going on at the school and to try and get the parents involved. Involving the parents helps out their children in the long run. This is because example if they need help with a project that the whole school is working on, and the teacher sent out an email or even talked about it during their parent- teacher conference now the parent has knowledge of what’s going on and can help their child. When there is a happy child there is a happy parent, so communication between the teacher and the parent is very important to be.
Today, go to school is almost a worldwide “doctrine”. In every places children are forced to go to school because it is a safe way to success. Meanwhile, this is really hard for children to figure out why they have to go to school. Particularly, for me it took me approximately from the end of my study through now to know why I had been there. I understand now that it was not a torture that making me learn how to spell aim to sour that my classmates and I got the opportunity to make most of ourselves make.
I believe I should learn more about how to make the classroom a better place for students with ADHD. I have seen how Rick gets when he does not want to do his homework; he will pretend to no longer speak English or just deny having any homework. I also learned about how much patience my supervisor has and how much work she does in order to maintain the after-school program. She has a huge binder full of what the program will do throughout the schoolyear. In my head, I didn’t think any planning went into the program besides just making sure the children come to the location.
The teacher told me that a few students had not turned in any homework this whole year and that their parents just didn’t really care. This privileges the students who do complete their homework and whose parents do care about their child’s education. This privilege shows me how one’s family culture and values play a huge role in a students learning. These students have an advantage over the other students by having the academic support at home which potentially could lead to academic success. “Privilege is a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most” (Kendall, 2001, 576).
Some parents think that once their children are in school, they can relax and let the education system take charge. But this is not the case at all. Based on my own experience, my husband and I have had an even greater influence on our children’s academic results than the school system. Most of a child’s capacity to communicate, to describe to teachers and peers and their feelings towards learning, is formed at home. Parents can help give their children an advantage and begin their education at home, even before they start school.
When I was growing up, I remember attending elementary school, learning a new language seems to be difficult at first, but I was able to learn the English language because of the dedication of one of my teachers. Now, as I reflect on this experience, it is obvious that she was dedicated and enjoyed teaching her students to be successful. I know today that she made a difference in my life as I navigated through my education experience and high school years to present. I also experience the lack of concern of other teachers, not taking the time and dedication to teach their students to excel. In part, I strongly believe it had to with the culture differences that existed within the schools that I attended and the neighborhood I grew up.
My parents’ decisions for my education challenged my beliefs and as a minor, I respected their decisions begrudgingly. Although I thought their choices were unkind as the time, through that exposure to diversification, I fully believe that I have acquired that ability to be receptive and open to new ideas, opinions and concepts. As a young child, I started school through the public system in Concord, CA. From preschool to kindergarten, I made friends, behaved admirably, and completed all that was required of me. In addition to the lessons taught by my teacher, with the help of my mother, I read books and practiced math at home.
The girls stood home with their grandmother, Isabel, who taught them how to cook, clean, and take care of each other. Isabel taught the girls that even before they started thinking of getting married a woman should be educated and know how to take care of her house. Isabel played a big role in Angela¡¯s life, of course being her grandmother and everything, but she was there when she needed her and Angela appreciates all the help she got from her dear old grandmother. Isabel only went up to the third grade; however, Angela learned a lot from her grandmother¡¯s experiences and stories. Maria Virtudes Rodriguez, Angela¡¯s sister, studied accounting, English, cosmetics, and managed to keep a GPA of a 3.25 in all her classes.