I like this family, and think that everyone has the right to decide the number of children they want, but I think my biggest concern in the last year is how much they have changed - not for the better.
When the show first started, Michelle was a lot more involved in every part of her children's lives, even though there were many of them. She was their teacher all day and always working with the children. But now, she has put the children's schooling onto the older girls and doesn't get involved with their homeschooling at all. She was using a pretty decent curriculum ( although very conservative and not strong in science), but now they are doing Switched on Schoolhouse, which is really only good for certain learning styles. I think it is good for older children to read with the younger ones, but to have the older ones "school" the younger ones is ridiculous. I completely disagree with people who "homeschool" by just handing the kid over some books or computer curriculum and leaving it up to them. That is not schooling the child! The benefit of homeschooling is the one on one, tutoring-style, of teaching. I homeschool my children and I sit at the table with them for hours every day as we learn together. If I didn't have time to do that , then I would send them to school. I just think it is irresponsible schooling. Also, I have noticed some real grammar problems with the kids - even the older ones, that I think should have been fixed in English class. And, I'm really against them graduating the kids at 16 years old just for the sake of them being done. If they were changing over to community college from there or something, I think it's fine, but just to have them home and taking care of their siblings is not a good reason to graduate them 2 years early. They would be much better off having those extra 2 years of education if they are not going to continue with higher learning. I would really love to see one of these kids go to college or even trade school - something!!
I think that they have made a lot of changes due to the show and to the birth of Josie. I really hope to see them realize their mistakes and fix them. Michelle needs to come out of sitting in her room with Josie all day and get active with her family.