While I didn't take much critisisim about home schooling, my DH's step-sister last winter was telling me (bragging) about how well her kids are doing with their music lessons. Daughter takes violin and son takes piano and how the son after only two years of lessons was playing and singing at the same time and how hard that is to do and how well he did and how some older person taking lessons as well was so amazed about it and on and on and on.
I went home thinking, am I really doing what I thought was directed by God? Am I failing my children because while I do teach my oldest piano, we seem to have trouble staying on track with it and I know she could do better with some one else as her teacher, but they only have two children and we have four and money is really tight because of a business loss several years ago (that seems to be taking forever for us to get out of debt.... anyway,) and my oldest is behind in math and what am I going to do!?
Thankfully, my DH and a dear friend put it all into perspective for me; what is the real reason we are home schooling our children? Is it so they fail at music lessons? NO, it's so they grow up with good, strong moral character and knowing that God is with them and loves them always and they will go to heaven becuase they believe! That is the reason we home school (for the most part) And some day my children will be able to tell others about the great message of Jesus. Can DH's step-sisters kids? Probably not, and they probably don't care either.
What is more important?
I am thankfull for this forum and the people on it to help lift each other up!