In articles about homeschooling, there are often objections to homeschooling because not all people can manage it. (not all people can ski, scuba dive or repair the roof of the house, but we don’t usually hear objections to other people skiing, diving or fixing the roof) Single parenting and not having ‘two incomes’ are concerns about homeschooling expressed by some homeschool-watchers.
Despite single parenting, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and living in one of the ‘tough’ states, the family in this article from New York State manage to homeschool.
Home health aide truly an angel to Pine City couple, 19 November 2007, Elmira Star-Gazette, Elmira, New York
Teaching at home can be a full-time endeavor, but Christine sets no limits on jobs. The personal aide job is only the latest, tacked onto other work.
Christine still cleans a house once a week, styles hair and does ironing for a friend.
Her boys help with home chores and work two days a week on a Lowman farm, earning money for clothes.
Christine’s mother is a planning room aide at Beecher Elementary School and has helped with her daughter’s home-schooling by tutoring her sons in math.
Christine’s sons want to play football, so they’ll be going to public school, but that in no way diminishes how their family pulled together to educate them, and their mom’s dedication and hard work in making a home, working more than one job, and homeschooling.
posted by Valerie