Back in 3rd and 4th grade, I had a teacher that I remember distinctly. He taught our class for all grades except arts/crafts - even P.E. This was at a little country school in Germany.
My teacher was rather strict. If students acted up, or talked out of turn, he would pull their ears. Like, waaaaay up. Almost-lifting-you-off-your-feet/bottom-up. Not that I ever got my ears pulled for popping off or anything...
He would often tell us about his own school days, back when corporal punishment was still accepted and commonplace in German school. Students would be rapped across their outstretched hands with a wooden yardstick, or have their buttocks paddled, and then be made to kneel in a corner on a thin piece of wood that dug into their knees. He would brag how he never once got punished in all his years in school, except once when the whole class got in trouble for something he had not participated in.
This teacher had a little saying, and he used it often with me. You see, I was one of two top students of his class in both grades. The other one was a boy, and both the kid and the teacher were always super organized and tidy. They were nerds. I had equally good grades, but it was in spite of my messy backpack and out-of-place supplies. Whenever we had to produce a certain book or paper, it would take me time and digging to find it. The teacher and the other kid would look at each other, and condescendingly inform me that they were lazy because "tidy people are lazy people - they are too lazy to search for everything they need." Boy, how that used to bug me! These days, the teacher would probably get in trouble for showing preference for smarter kids, pulling our ears, and emotionally traumatizing us with stories about his school days.
His little saying, which seemed like mockery at the time, is so true. Along the same lines, I homeschool because I am lazy.
I am too lazy to...
- be stuck in traffic twice a day to take my kids to school and pick them up again
- have to drag the babies out of the house early in the morning and again during naptime to take their siblings to school and pick them up again
- pack nutritious, balanced school lunches - it's a lot of work to do so just once a week for our field trips
- clean out dirty backpacks
- make sure everyone has a clean pair of socks and both shoes early in the morning. Shoes and socks will be the end of me with as many feet as this family has!
- spend hours and hours trying to find good deals on whatever the "in" clothes are. Our kids think the thrift store is the coolest place in the world for clothes shopping.
- deal with bad attitudes they pick up from hanging around other punks all day. Not that all kids in public or Christian school are - but all it takes is one bad egg in each class and they will rub their bad behavior off on all other students. And, come on, there are a lot more bad apples than that. Kids who have a single working parent that is never available, and are instead raised by TV and other bad kids, are just going to have a very different set of values than those we are teaching our kids.
- take the kids to the doctor all the time for the many diseases they are bound to pick up at school
- spend my evenings going over their homework with them
- raise my grandbabies when one of our daughters gets knocked up out of wedlock by some jerk
- carry all the bags into the house myself when I get home from shopping
- be left to do all the housework by myself all day while the kids are sitting on their rear ends doodling in class, bored stiff. I'm just kidding with this one - having kids at home all day actually makes for a lot more messes. I can't just clean the house for a couple of hours and then enjoy a clean house until the kids get home. As it stands, our house is only tidy and clean between 10 PM and 7 AM. Also, the more people are home, the more stuff breaks at home. Our door locks need to be replaced like every year just from people opening and shutting doors literally hundreds of times per day. That's just one of many examples. But - the kids do help with all the extra work they are creating, and they are learning everything from cooking to doing laundry.
You know what my smart little saying is these days? All parents homeschool. Some of us just also have them babysat at a remote location all day long. Because at the end of the day, you will still have to spend hours going over their homework with them, helping them with special assignments, participating in the PTO, and so forth. Those parents who are not involved in their child's education at all almost always raise children who fail academically. The deciding factor of whether or not children succeed in school are the parents/family, not the teacher or the school budget.