I have been thinking about writing this series for a long time. And I’ve been working on this series for a while. However, I’ve debated over whether or not to post it. For one thing, the series isn’t finished, so once I post I’m committed to carrying this on to the end. Moreover, I recently learned that more than one person in the Afterthoughts readership is a charter schooler. But, after talking with Si, I decided to post.
So for starters, I’m not looking for a fight. Really, I’m not. I’m noticing more and more homeschoolers in our area turning to charter schools. Frankly, these folks believe they are getting such a good deal, they have trouble understanding why Si and I don’t jump on board and grab our free zoo passes while we can.
And I won’t say it wasn’t tempting, and I won’t say it won’t be tempting again in the future.
We here often choose the hard road because the easy road conflicts with our conscience. I am not, incidentally, saying that you must have a hardened, evil heart if you don’t see things our way. I simply want to explain that, to us, the charter school would be the easy road. And we just can’t take it.
This is the first in a series of posts to explain why that is. You do not have to agree with me. That is not a requirement for reading this post. Really, I am writing this to work out my own logic, so that when a smiling mom asks me why in the world we aren’t attending the local charter school and getting all the “free” stuff that is being handed out, I actually have a good reason ready.
Readiness is very helpful in difficult conversations.
Also, I would like to invite you all to think this through with me. Obviously, I can’t think it all through on my own, and the perspective of others is always helpful. And I think intelligent discussion is enjoyable. So please join me as I walk through what I think are some logical objections to charter schooling.
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