Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 22, 2012 6:30 AM

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Homeschooling fine, but …

I want to start off by saying that I think it's a personal choice to homeschool one's child, and it is perfectly fine. However, I would not choose to do so myself.

What I find to be vital to our growth is perspective. The social situations experienced while in public schools are unique in nature and are essential to add perspective to one's life. I am not saying that without this experience, one would completely lack perspective, only that public schooling adds something very specific. Experience with peer pressure and even bullying, while negative, are helpful and preparative for potential future situations.

As a future educator, I believe that I would want to prevent myself from depriving my children from the multitude of experiences that life has to offer. I would also hope for them to get many different perspectives on everything about this world in order for their minds to grow as they reach adulthood.

I know that protecting our children is another role expressed, but it is through my guidance that I would hope to protect my children. I would gladly take a bullet for them, but I would not want to need to hold their hand through every situation. I feel that much of my pride would come from knowing my offspring could live their lives without me.

Christopher Dunlay
UI faculty
Iowa City

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