Dunkirk’s Observer is running a series on homeschoolers. The staff writer for these three articles is Diane Chodan – a former homeschooler.
The first was posted here on News & Commentary.
The second profiles four different homeschooling families. Area families discuss benefits of homeschooling. One family – the Geraces – are under sheriff surveillance. Joseph Gerace is the Chautauqua County Sheriff. The families share their different reasons to homeschool and many of the kids attended the public school at some point. The kids’ ages range from preschool to teen years.
Diane Chodan also wrote her Personal Connection homeschooling story. She homeschooled for four years starting in 1984. She related the involved process to start homeschooling her daughter in uncharted land:
The summer before we began, a resolution was introduced at a board of education meeting to allow my husband and me to homeschool.
The superintendent advised I not go to the meeting. The Rome Sentinel covered the story, noting one member of the board voted against the resolution. He said he understood parents doing this if the child was ill and unable to attend to school, but not for my reason. When the reporter called for my reaction to his comment, I was very careful to only repeat to her what was in my plan, that I could provide for my daughter’s education as well as the school. I also expressed gratitude to the board for passing the resolution and said I looked forward to working with my child.
Chodan also shared an always homeschooled adult’s reflections on her education at home:
Jolene wrote, “Yes, the experience was definitely positive … I really can’t think of any regrets I have about being homeschooled. I take a lot of pride in the fact that I was homeschooled ‘successfully’ from pre-K through 12th grade, because I do believe that it’s not for everyone. I think there can be more than one way to homeschool ‘well,’ but I think my parents gave us an excellent combination of time at home and time with other kids and adults in many settings. As a private school teacher today, witnessing the amount of time teachers have to spend on classroom control and bureaucracy even in a fairly small school, I realize that we had time for all those extra activities because we could get our academic work done in much less time – or spend longer on schoolwork that we didn’t understand or really enjoyed. I would definitely consider homeschooling as an option for my own children unless I encounter a serious reason why they would personally be better suited to classroom education.”