So, we home-school.
We did for a few years when the oldest two were young, and then put them in school. Now, we are doing so again because of a career change, but, you know, really enjoying it.
That's my main thought: why define your schooling type so exclusively? We do that almost out of the need to draw vain satisfaction from talking about it to others.
"I'm a home-schooler!" - pride.
"They home-school!" - derision.
I have met several people who have told me, "Ya, we were home-schooled for part and went to school for part." That always struck me as a sign of disorganization and meandering... or worse.
Now I can honestly say, why not?!
Why is one form so much better than the other such that the other would offer no benefit regardless of the factors at play? That's simple dogmatism. Having now been a father and an educator for over a decade, I would say that those factors at play determine which is better at any given point in time: home schooling or school schooling.
On the one hand, when we first home-schooled, our children were afraid of their own shadows. On the other, Anne-Marie got them reading like ten-year-olds by five.
Of course, I'll never forget Isaiah's first day of school: the teacher showed him a list of bad words he could not say at school. He had never heard of those words before. That was not a stellar beginning.
What I'm happiest about right now, is that I have a chance to spend more time with my kids, and help them with those areas I see that they were either falling behind in, or were not being taught. Some kids do well in the crazy classroom setting, others do not. The fact is, most kids can benefit from a combination of the two. People who deny this a priori probably have some non-rational reason for it.
Anyway, keep us in your prayers. It's not easy.