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Home Schooling an Option in Pleasanton?

Original post made by Johanna Weissen on Feb 4, 2013

My husband and I moved into Pleasanton a couple months ago and we really love it. The people hear are great. We're not thrilled with the public education system though.

We see many teachers as bad citizens, and teachers' unions as greedy "takers", and we don't want our children exposed to these types of people. And then there's the suppression of the "evolution" vs. creationism debate, resistance to stem cell research, and their always pushing the dogma about a changing, increasingly "pluralistic" (multi-cultural) society. Just look at how they worship the Gay lifestyle and even create a special month for Black people. We're German Americans, but I don't recall any special holidays for us. In short, we see a "liberal conspiracy" to take our children away from God and all that is good about being a real American.

We're thinking about homeschooling our six children. We can't afford a private school, and the public schools are infected with all kinds of evil. Has anyone in Pleasanton tried homeschooling? How does it work for you? Thank you in advance!

Comments (12)

Posted by great, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Just what we need, children taught by ignorant parents. Before you think about teaching, you should really know which version of 'here' to use in your sentence:

You said, "The people hear are great".

and the right version of there, their, they're

You said, " and their always pushing the dogma "

I know you are posting this just to get people all worked up but you should at least learn how to spell simple works like this. Your spelling looks the same as the scams from Nigeria looking for money. Or maybe those emails did come from you.

Posted by ??, a resident of Canyon Creek
on Feb 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

This post is a joke, right? You have got to be kidding me. Please no one post on this.

Posted by Johanna Weissen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I am very sorry about my grammer. I have lived in America for twelve years now but I still make very EASY mistakes! My husband usually corrects me. We use dictionary with our children. But you don't think this is a good idea? We are not sure where to turn. Thank you!

Posted by old timer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Good for you, I think homeschooling should be more in practice with what is going on in the schools. It is as if your children aren't your's anymore. The garbage and stupidity they are teaching kids now a days, It's no wonder america is behind the rest of the world. They are teaching our kids to be conformist, ignorant liberals with no common sense. Not all of the teachers are bad but a large majority of them are ! It seems as though all they can do is complain about their pay, their overworked, The kids this, The parents that, Well hello!!!! it's a job! if you don't like it then go find another. The requirements they put on children in school are completley out of line. They expect a bunch of little 6,7, 8 year olds to sit still in their seats for hours on end, go out to recess and you cannot run because someone might get hurt. Oh lets not forget the educators that blow things out of proportion, an innocent kid makes a silly comment and all of a sudden your kid is a terrorist or sexual preditor.... I agree with you 100% If I had a school age child there is no way in earth I would send them to any public school!!! Good for you. Young minds need to be tought with love, common sense compassion and integrity... That will not happen in public school!

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Joanna my husband is first generation from Germany and I am from the UK. There are some great Homeschooling support groups in Pleasanton/Livermore. While I didn't homeschool our children, I did seriously look into it. Google Pleasanton homeschool groups, and I'm sure you can find some good ones. There's also a big homeschooling conference up in Sacramento every spring, where you can get lots of information and materials. It might have changed somewhat, but it used to be that the State of California required you to register as a "private" school. There are certain records you need to keep to show attendance, adherence to State of California education standards etc. Here's a CA support group that can help: Web Link

Another way to homeschool is go with one of the multitude of online schools. One that PUSD uses for students who need to pick up credits is National University High School. My son took a US History course through them, very well done. Web Link I know that the diploma from there is easily accepted by all the Universities in California. Another online school is California Virtual Academies, but you might want to check their record with the State and BBB.

If you end up sending your children to PUSD, get involved with the School Site Committee and parent teacher groups. It allows you to have a full understanding of what is being taught in the schools. What the teachers teach is required by state and federal laws. We found having nightly dinner discussions about what the children were learning in school, and explaining what our beliefs (or other side of the story for history and politics), helping with their homework, and of course family vacations back home, helped give them a different perspective. I hoped this helped. Good luck

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm


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Posted by Johanna Weissen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Dear Elizabeth,

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

tee hee hee (English)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

6 children? WOW...hope your back holds out!

Posted by Laura M, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I don't think you should joke about women carrying babies, Cholo. I've reported you to the FBI. And I hope they make you eat mushy pea soup for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. Tee hee hee (Athabaskan)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

You clearly don't appreciate the history of MUSHY PEAS! Not only do most slurpers beg for more...some will offer to do all kinds of chores for you if you're a good cook! ps I'm an EXCELLENT COOK and I DON'T MEAN MAYBE!

thank you very much...

Posted by Godless, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 18, 2013 at 6:16 am


Yes. Please, homeschool your kids. That way my kids won't need to ridicule your kids for being bigoted homophobic god fearing louts incapable of an independent thought. (Yes. I'm just trolling.)

Why did you move to Pleasanton? It has one of the best school systems in the state along with a great environment for raising kids. And, you're going to homeschool them so that you can protect them from this?

Your job as a parent is to prepare your kids to survive on their own in this world. Unless you're more concerned about a fictional afterlife, your kids are better off in a public school. That way they won't grow up to be bigoted homophobic god fearing adults.


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