My experience with tutoring K-12 students inspired me to start The Parent Is a School. More importantly, the sessions I had with elementary school students, especially those from public schools, told a repetitive story. That tale kept identifying the hole in learning that nearly all of those kids had.
Prior to that time, I had been a single parent for five years. The crazy, jaw-dropping things that occurred on school campuses—and even at a preschool—motivated my choice to homeschool my child. It was already the organic choice for me because I wanted the best, mainstream or not.
My life had shown me continually that alternatives were champions. So early on, I supported charter schools, homeschools, and parochial schools. There were no magnet schools in my communities, and the average parent couldn’t afford private school. When I finally made the effort to try a private school, I discovered that there were scholarships available. That’s still kept relatively quiet. I was a charter school parent, homeschool parent (online or district-supported), a private school parent, and a public school parent, not in that order.
I saw things that only being a tutor afforded me. First hand, I saw the home environments, families, and what did and didn’t get addressed. I saw the low priority on education where it applied. Good grades were this thing that kids had to do, and the teachers were responsible for getting it done, according to uninvolved or less than dedicated parents. School was a bother since the parents were free from their own academic pressures. Usually, they couldn’t wait to leave school. In such situations, a kid’s motivation to succeed must come from within or from an outside influence.
My goal is to simplify education as much as possible for parents and their children. It can be done if they don’t clutch tradition like it’s a security blanket. There are numerous ways to get an education, especially a basic one.