Is this a trick question? Ha ha..no, it is a serious pondering. I read another blog recently (a Charlotte Mason affiliated one), and as much as I hold Charlotte Mason dear to my heart and use many of her methods, I was very disappointed by what I read to be advice on home schooling through high school in a Charlotte Mason manner. Basically, someone had written in to ask the question regarding their 14 yr old student and how reluctant this student was toward school, and could they [parent] mess up high school doing it the Charlotte Mason way…? The blogger pretty much answered, no, they really couldn’t. And then went on to describe a student led course of studies, not particularly formative or rigorous (not for college preparation anyway; more on that later) and to be honest, I cringed.
First things first. Realize that you have to be very active in home schooling your high school student. This isn’t the time to take a backseat and let them “be independent”, “be mature.” Yes, yes, you WANT THEM TO BE. I understand. But understand this, chances are like most high school teens, they will be neither of these in 9th grade.
A lot can change in three years; just because one year isn’t going well in high school, doesn’t mean it’s a wash…don’t throw in the towel. But use that year’s experience to re-group, re-think your courses and what needs to be done in both the student and the resources.
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section.