My son has been enrolled at a public charter school that utilizes the K-12 Homeschooling Online curriculum, and the format (or expectations) that this school requires is getting on my nerves.
As part of the Hawaii state diploma policy, students report to the Learning Center at least once a week to meet with other students and are provided the classroom experience with a live teacher instructed lesson.
My son stopped attending because the lessons were going over his head and way too fast for him. This is one of the reasons why I pulled him out of public school, to be able to go at his own pace in the learning process. But since he is required to go to the LC at least once a week, he gets pulled out of the larger class and situated within a Special Education classroom for his reading disability.
Well, the teacher is too anxious, pushing him to complete the assignments because of a percentage rate he needs to reach weekly in order to pass the school year. So of course, my son shuts down. He tells me, “Mom, that’s why we decided to homeschool. So I wouldn’t get pushed too hard and I can learn at m own pace.”
I agree. His teacher however, now accuses that I cannot be his Learning Coach (because he is at home with grandparents who don’t help him). I am a single mom, working full time as an educator. What can I do? We homeschool when I get home from work. While I am at work, he is going over his readings and lessons that he can accomplish without me.
I wish I could stay home, not work, and homeschool (or unschool) my son. The funny thing is I love being a classroom teacher. I just wish I could just teach my son, while he is still young.