Why We Didn’t Home School or Send Our Kids to Catholic School

In a word, we didn’t think it would be necessary.  As I noted yesterday, I had gone to a great public high school, and we thought by moving to Montgomery County, Md., then one of the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S., my daughters would have the same experience.

We did consider Catholic schools, briefly.  But only briefly.  The tuition was quite steep — roughly $18,000 at one school, $24,000 at another — and, with what we thought would be an excellent education in the public schools, that was an expense we just didn’t think was necessary.

Had we known about the sex ed classes, or the drama classes in which the plays were loaded with sex, we would have looked at Catholic schools closer.  We might have inquired about scholarships or decided to do whatever was necessary.

If we were making our decision now, not 10 years ago, we might have read Kathryn Whitaker’s excellent TeamWhitaker.org blog post on “Making Catholic School Affordable (Yes, It’s Possible).   But Kathrine didn’t start blogging until three years later.

As for homeschooling, that was totally off the radar. We thought you had to be super-smart to homeschool.  We thought the kids wouldn’t be socialized.  We thought they wouldn’t be able to take part in sports or school dramas.

So on one of our really important decisions, namely our daughters’ education, just about everything we thought was wrong.

Tomorrow:  Why Homeschooling Should Have Been an Option


About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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