Ridiculous to lump all parents together

In regard to the Wednesday letter concerning home-schooled children, I have to say that I was once again shocked to see a group of people painted with such a broad brush. As a home schooler myself, I have several reasons I keep my children at home and although religious, social and political reasons are part of the equation, they are certainly not the sole reason for doing so.

My main reason for educating my children at home is the fact that I want to spend those 8 to 10 hours a day with my kids. I have nothing against teachers or schools, and my kids are far from isolated, but every day lately children have died under tragic circumstances and every day I have thanked God that I have had so many great times with my kids.

Are there people who shouldn’t home school? Sure. Are there days when I wonder why I am doing this? Of course, doesn’t everyone have a bad day sometimes? Is this choice for everyone? Absolutely not. Although Thomas Jefferson wanted “all children to go to school together,” I am sure that the founding fathers didn’t intend to take away a parent’s right to decide what was best for their child and family. The vast majority of us are conscientious and dedicated to our children and our communities as well.

I am truly sorry for the children who are abused and that one of the covers is homeschooling. It is heartbreaking and we must do our best to protect all children. I do keep hoping, though, that as I have to respect the lifestyles and choices of others, that my choice to home school will be respected as well.

Don’t we have enough to be concerned with right now?

Carol Weinstock

Arlington

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