Institutions and systems!
I simply don't want my child going through the conveyor belt system. I don't want teachers to push their own views and beliefs on to my children; I am a christian and I feel it so important that my children are brought up with christian values. I don't want to leave others to discipline my children in ways I may not necessarily agree with; at least with mine and my husbands discipline I can reinforce how important they are and how loved they are, something a teacher could never do.
I don't want to leave my children in a place that does not have enough time to nurture them properly - even if they have the best teacher in the world with all the best intentions in such big classes they simply don't have the time to do that and educate them.
In short the school system is one giant baby sitting service that I don't want or need! I don't want my children brought up by others I want to bring them up myself, with my husband. I want to see them reach every milestone, congratulating with them. I want to help them through the difficult periods and sit with them so they don't feel alone when they need that extra one on one time.
I also find that a lot (not all) of the children who attend schools are so competitive! I believe this is the influence of the school system. From the day a child is born there are all these boxes they have to tick, milestones that have to be reached at certain times.
We are all so different, so how exactly is it possible that we are all going to read at 5?
We all do things at different times and some of us don't want to learn certain things; woodwork might not float their boat or art or learning an instrument. Also a school can not let a child spend time on where their hearts desire and skills are best used. What school would let a child paint all day simply because the inspiration is there and they can't stop? Or a story idea has popped in their head and they feel the need to write up a story all morning for 3 and a half hours? Quashing skill and imagination by not allowing the children's flow of creativity just happen!
I also think that, certainly round the early years of primary school, the stress that school can put on a child is unnecessary. I'm not saying that all children would feel this stress but to get my children up and ready for school on time would mean I have to wake them up every morning, even if they go down at a reasonable hour!
Can a break like this in a child's sleep like this be good for them? I don't believe so.
Even if my children were early risers how can they say their best learning time will be 9am - 3:30pm? I have to often give up any formal learning by 1 - 2pm in the afternoon. It just doesn't go in, it becomes too much like hard work and the fun is gone; so what would be the point of those last few hours of school?
I also hate - really, really hate - the way the school systems work towards statistical goals! This leaves all the children wanting to be challenged, needing more from their teachers, with less in my opinion.
I suppose it comes down to no matter how good the school, no matter how good the teacher - teaching one on one is an great advantage compared to a class of 25 plus to teach!
Someone said to me a few years ago, all kids end up catching up with each other in the end, the ones ahead academically soon meet the ones who were falling behind. Isn't this because of this point I have just mentioned? schools are pushing out robots these days, state schools creating: office juniors, shop workers etc. Public schools creating: army generals, managing directors and such. I know some children manage to fight against the mould but isn't that the school systems real goal? Isn't it sad?
Sometimes it's that fight to fit a 'square peg into a round hole' that completely destroys a child's development though I think.
These are my views anyway...