Post # 1
I know that we come from so many different backgrounds and different educational backgrounds, and I am wondering what you ladies think of homeschooling?
Also, everyone is going to have had different experiences meeting different types of homeschooling families..
Post # 3
I have a cousin who home schools. I think its very unfair to the kids upto a certian age. Her oldest has been saying as long as I can remember he can’t wait until he is 18 to move and have a “normal” life. The day he turned 18 that is what he did moved away 🙁
Post # 4
I have a hard time getting on board with it in cases where there’s not a qualified professional teaching kids. If one of the parents is a teacher, that’s different. But I’ve seen a lot of cases where the reason the parents are homeschooling is because they don’t want their kids taught evolution, etc. Some extremists twist events of history, etc, to fit their agenda and that can give kids a very twisted worldview.
I also know that for me, the social aspect of school was very important. On the flip side, I know there are groups of homeschoolers that get together and go on field trips, etc, constantly, so that might be a place for that community and socialization.
Post # 5
Personally I think going to school and learning to interact with many different people in an academic as well as playtime atmosphere is very important to a child’s social development.
However, if the only options are a terrible/dangerous school environment or high quality home schooling, then I can understand the reasoning behind it as long as the child is involved in other oganizations with other kids their age (i.e. girl/boy scouts, sports teams, etc).
Post # 6
I just cannot get on board with it to be honest for reasons people have mentioned above so I won’t bother to reiterate.
Post # 7
To each their own–the social interaction I had was invaluable, so I would prefer that my (hypothetical) kids attend public school. But I respect people that make that choice for their children.
Post # 8
@lilyfaith: I am of the same mind about the main reasons I’ve seen for home schooing are “not wanting to teach evolution” or other “radical” curriculum choices. The other reason I see a lot is paranoid parents who don’t want to ever let their children out of their sight in case they get hurt. I feel living in a very sheltered environment can be harmful to a child’s well being and development.
Post # 9
I think it really depends on the child and the parents, but it does make me nervous when parents prefer to homeschool for religious reasons.
Post # 10
I believe I’m with teaandtoast on this one. Like with so many other things, I imagine that there are some significant advantages and disadvantages to home schooling. I also imagine that it depends on the type of person teaching and the type of child being taught. Personally, I’m looking into Waldorf schools.
Post # 11
Doubt I’d ever do it myself. I think it works out well for some but I think some people use it as a crutch. Others are too overprotective, and others turn out great!
Post # 12
As a mom, I totally don’t get homeschooling. Ok, so I do get wanting your child to have the best education possible and I understand wanting to shelter your children from “bad influeneces.” But when I was a stay-at-home mom, I LOVED the fact that my kids WENT to school and I had the house to myself for a few hours a day. I cannot imagine wanting to actually DO the homeschooling myself.
On a more serious note, I do have some reservations. I worry about the lack of interaction with other children. I feel that socialization is a very important aspect of school for children. I also can’t imagine every parent who chooses to homeschool has both the education and the temperment to do it. I can’t begin to imagine what it takes to teach calculus AND physics and literature and history and a foreign language, etc. all on the high school level.
Having said all that, a friend of mine homeschooled her children and they are some of the brighest, most polite, and just fun to be around kids I know. They recently transferred into a private high school and both are doing VERY well both academically and socially.
Post # 12
When I was in high school I actually begged my mom to homeschool me! She wouldn’t.However, we did come to a compromise. I only went to traditional school half day and was homeschooled via an online charter school (although then it was by mail) by taking correspondence classes. My mom actually had to pay for me to do this and get it approved by the school board, but I loved it!!!!
I was a competitive figure skater so I did this in order to make practices 1.5 hours from home and to train with better coaching. I wish I could have done it full time. I also learned more this way because in a sense I was teaching myself and everything I learned was reiterated when it was time to take exams. I also want to add I graduated high school with more than enough credits (more than double the amount of science credits needed), I also took AP classes, and graduated college with 2 degrees in 4 years.
Homeschooling isn’t ideal for everyone. If you decide to do it and your child likes it, learns and thrives that’s one thing, but if they hate it then I couldn’t force it on anyone either.
Post # 13
I feel the need to play the devil’s avocate somewhat (and I’m a teacher, so I totally agree with lilyfaith’s perspective and I am totally for schools ultimately, BUT FWIW):
I don’t subscribe to the idea that homeschooled children are going to have social problems–I think that’s a convenient assumption. It’s not like homeschooled children are locked away in towers and study all day. Most definitely interact with other kids–they sometimes work with other homeschooling families and oftentimes the kids are enrolled in a variety of after-school activities–Little League, AYSO, art classes–everything that other school children do. It’s just the academic side that isn’t in a classroom setting. So the idea that they’re not socialized is not always true. I do worry about the fact that part of education is creating a learning environment in which kids learn from and help each-other and you don’t necessarily get that from homeschooling.
You have to look at the reasons why people to homeschool and how homeschooling compares to other options. Yes, the majority of homeschoolers do so because of religious reasons, but there are a lot of parents out there who might live in rural areas and would have to travel hours to get to the nearest school or areas with underperforming schools without options for private schools or magnets, and then there are parents who have found that it makes the best sense financially–I have a friend who homeschools her 4 children because they can’t afford to live in an area with good public schools and can’t afford private school. Sometimes it really is the best option.
And I have to say that I knew a person in college who was homeschooled because his parents were fundamentalists and he was truly the kindest and most tolerant person I knew. Whether he was an exception and not the rule, I don’t know though!
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
People tend to overly criticize homeschooling out of being uninformed. There are pros and cons to public schools, pros and cons to private schools, and pros and cons to homeschooling. It all depends on the individual situation. I was homeschooled, and when I graduated high school, I had three full-ride scholarships offered to me, as well as being a National Merit Scholar/Finalist. Homeschooling tends to produce A+ educated students (with parents that are diligent teachers) but with social barriers to overcome. Standard students are more highly socialized, but were not educated with a curriculum fine-tuned to their specific needs (unless they were in a class of 1-3 students). All this to say – any educational choice presents different pros and cons – you just have to pick what’s right for you and the choice that matches your top priorities!
Post # 15
school days for me were really the best days.. theres so much fun in the interaction of students.. no matter how well educated the home schooler is, nothing replaces the actual experience of being in a class and interacting with teachers and other students and other school activites. school is not just about academics, it really is life changing experience that most of us dnt realise till you take the time to look back n imagine how differen your life and friends would be if you never went to school. i know that different people have different opinions but as long as far as my kids are concerned they will go to school.