Our notice of intent to homeschool is signed, sealed, and almost delivered. I missed the mail today, although I suppose I could go downtown and mail it from there. It took me a few days to fine tune the curriculum I'd written.
Now begins the agony of apprehension. What if we're refused? But why should we be? Homeschooling is legal. Would a superintendent ever actually say, "No, you must put your child back in school." I guess I'm worried because I heard rumors, back in the fall that C'ville's superintendent had refused some parents' NOI's. I don't know how many parents, or how they resolved the problem, it was just something I heard from a friend of mine who is homeschooling.
I started homeschooling my other children during that crazy year when Scottie Griffin was the superintendent and heard barely a peep from the district about my decision, which was fine with me.
I guess what worries me most is that I'll be required to provide a reason for withdrawing my son. I don't think the simple answer: "He's profoundly miserable in public school," will be acceptable to Central Office. The complicated answer, about how he's gifted, etc, is also controversial. I've noticed that the standard reaction from some educational administrators, when you talk about your child being "gifted" is that you're an asshole.
The implication being:
How dare you have issues? Being gifted is a gift! You should be grateful. We're dealing with kids who have serious problems, real problems, and you're whining about your gifted kid. Raising a gifted child is all sunshine and roses and good grades. You know what you are? You're an elitist! You think your child is too good for public school and you're just plain wrong. Your child's gifts will carry him through no matter what, so quit your complaining.
The truth is, raising a gifted child is not all sunshine and roses and good grades. It's a freaking nightmare. Raising a bright child can be sunshine and roses and good grades, as I see with my other children. And it's totally incorrect to assume you can just throw a gifted kid into any environment and he'll turn out fine because his gifts will somehow magically make him thrive.
Anyway, no one has actually said these things to me, it's just what I fear will happen.
I homeschooled my younger children for a completely different reason--I was pissed off that the school board did away with open enrollment, thus forcing my youngest child to go to Jackson-Via, even though his siblings went to Burnley-Moran. Indeed, my daughter would still have been at Burnley-Moran when my youngest started K at J-V. Not to mention the fact that J-V is not at all close to my house, that I can actually see Clark school from my house (in the winter, anyway). I was all for sending both kids to Clark, but the school board wouldn't allow that either, so I homeschooled.