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you can answer in the view of a child or parent I love homeschooling my kids. I get to be with them, be the one to raise them.
We get to do all kinds of great things together at home or around town because they're not stuck in school all day during the week. They get to have some quality time with their dad in the evening because they're not stuck doing homework.
My kids get to meet kids from all over the city and even from outside the city at homeschooling social activities. Because they are meeting strangers all the time, it's not a big deal to them and they're not shy about meeting other kids, whatever the age, at all. They have also developed some special friendships from homeschooling activities and see these kids regularly during the school year. They're approaching the age where they could even email with them in between visits. When we're out, I see the difference in social skills among the homeschooled kids and the public schooled kids in our city. If you want to talk who's got better social skills, even at the elementary level, it's the homeschooled kids generally. But it's only natural because they don't have same-age peers as behaviour models and they're going to get more feedback from adults on social skills than public schooled kids will and don't develop certain bad habits that are rampant in our schools here.
They also have an education tailored to their abilities, being able to go ahead in one subject while perhaps staying behind in another. As I mentioned in another answer in the homeschooling section, this is how it used to be. People were educated at their own pace in the past, not thrown into a group based on age and stuck with them for their entire schooling. They often had time to and were encouraged to study personal interests. My kids get this type of education, an education where they are able to devote some of their time to personal interests, an education that is for some reason reserved for high school and college level students.
Because they're not in a school situation, they are not having to deal with bullies, listen to sexual talk at a young age, hear and adopt bad attitudes towards school and a multitude of other things that go on in the social interactions at school. They have no need to be like how other kids are, like what other kids like, dress how other kids dress, etc. They know very well what they like and that's that. They don't know what's in style in terms of music or clothes and that's fine by me.
There are other great things about homeschooling but I hope that will be enough. I will add that I'm saddened that public school, which originally started as being something available to others, is now seen as absolutely mandatory and that it's also seen that people are choosing homeschooling instead of public school. It's not an instead, it's one option among many for a child's education.
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3 hours of work is about all that gets done in school. Truly. There is so much wasted time trying to get 30 kids ready for a lesson and changing lessons and getting them ready to listen to this and listen to that. The whole format is set up for group work, not individual. Teachers have to be able to reach a wide variety of kids and it takes way more time to do that than to just reach one or a few children. If you had one-on-one tutoring at school, don't you think you'd get all your work done in 3 hours? And think about it, to get a group of 30 kids to read one short story together takes FOREVER. Trust me. I've done it. How long does it take to have my daughter read a short story to me? Maybe 5 to 10 minutes. There is so much less wasted time at home.
While I know some people who get up late, definitely not all do. My kids and I are early risers and we've usually started our work around 8. But I have to add that the work doesn't really end 3 hours later because they still spend time reading and playing music and doing phys. ed. activities and going on field trips and doing art and science experiments and a lot of stuff in the afternoons. It's just the actual book work that's in the morning, other than the reading. Their learning is not done even if their book work is.
About parents not being fully accredited teachers, teachers in the past had no training but still were fine teachers. Teachers are trained how to teach groups of children, how to keep them all in line, keep them all interested, assess them, report that assessment to parents, tons of stuff that a homeschooling parent essentially providing full-time tutoring to their child doesn't need to do.
People in the past also did fine, if not better than today, without today's style of dating, heartbreaks, etc. Kids can be well versed about drugs at home without having to be in situations where they won't have to decide what to do because they still are not mature enough to really stick with what they know is right. I'm frankly surprised that an anthropologist would not be better versed in the history of human behaviour. Source(s):
I'm a former teacher and a current homeschooling parent and took a college-level anthropology class i was homeschooled for 2 yrs of highschool...my junior year and senior yr..and it worked great for me..and im going to a regular college now..i had a assigned teacher from my highschool who bought me work from my classes..it was the best thing for me Terrible idea. The social skills and friendships made at school are equally as important as the education. i was homeschooled in high school. though i didn't miss out on anything related to education, i sure missed out on the socialization aspect. please email me i had a great experience homeschooling, i can tell you what i did. too long for on here though. Your children are deprived of the social contacts that they make at school. But sometimes that can be a good thing, you might not want them contacting some kids. I have been Home schooled all my life (I'm now 18)..I think it was the right choice. Of course, in all fairness, I have nothing to compare it to. Its not that gud since student cannot see outside world that much or can make new friends. It will be gud idea if the student have some mental or physical problems. It's a lot harder to do than you think. There are state curriculums, at least here, that you must abide by. And the kids don't get that peer-group belonging and social growth like they do from school. On the other hand, they can be watched more closely and kept from peer pressure. There's good & bad about both! I feel homeschooling lacks the kind of social challege that kids will be required to cope with later on. If I learned from a tutor or my parents for 18 years I'd find it hard and overwhelming in dealing with college where the enviroment is much different and very competitive. Bad (as an Anthropologist). Most often the parent is not a fully accredited teacher, therefore does not teach the child adequately and correctly. Often home schooled children learn from the parent's own social agenda (such as Evolution doesn't exist, gay people go to hell, etc.)
And the child has to deal with the near impossible task of developing lasting relationships with other people. There is no way the child will gain a large group of friends. How will they get their first crush? First heartbreak? Dealing with difficult issues in life (bullies, drugs and sex)? These are important lessons that home schooling CANNOT teach and must be learned in an environment with other students and peers of his/her own age. I am all for homeschooling. People always say a child will not have socialization but they can always join a sport, clubs or youth groups. I went to public school and I feel that I was held back...I couldn't reach my potential because there were too many kids, kids that didn't like to pay attention, and teachers who were incompetent and lazy. Admittedly, there are some teachers who try but they can only teach what they are told. If you want your child to have a broad spectrum of learning and to not be held back then you should really consider homeschooling. Even though I am a teacher I would not want to home school my kids. First of all I would go crazy with them around all day.
The biggest reason is that I think kids need the social interaction with their peers. A big part of school is developing relationships outside of the home.
I am also a Christian and many Christians do not want their kids to be influenced by the bad influences of the "world"
I think this is Baloney Sausage. God tells us to go out into the world and be a part of it.
I'm for public education. I think for a teen that is going to high school, i will defiantly say homeschooling. From experience i didn't learn anything from high school and i went to a good school. As student i will say homeschooling all the way i wish my parent did that for me but they both had to work. I wish more people would do it for educational reasons rather than strictly religious ones. Save your kid(s) the double work and waste of time that public school represents because you're only going to have to teach them everything after school anyway. I went to public school (because it was required then) then came home and started my education. I learned to read at home arithmetic, everything. Public schools teach nothing, as you can tell from reading these boards. I used to think it was a really bad idea. There were these two boys from my home town and they were home-schooled and they acted really weird and really didn't know how to behave and act properly in public. I think the problem was that they didn't have any kind of social interaction besides what they had with their grandparents (who were the ones raising and home-schooling them.) But I've also seen positives from it. I know this one lady and her teen daughter was having a really difficult time at school, she was being pressured into drugs and sex, and her grades were slipping. She started home-schooling her and now she is where she is supposed to be grade-level wise. It's important for kids to have social interaction, so find some home-schooling coops where they can get together with other kids, or enroll them other activities, for example my friend's daughter is in dance. The Mom is happy, and the daughter says she is also happy now and feels like she's on the right track again. Homeschooling is only truly needed if you live in a terrible neighborhood or your child has a disability that other kids will make fun of. Homeschooling, in my experience, is the excuse that kids and parents use to get them out of doing hard work. All the kids and adults that homeschool are lazy. They get up at 10 in the morning, work for 3 hours and stop. The other bunch of homeschoolers are the super-psycho controlling type parents. They want to control every aspect of their kids lives. Unfortunately for them, once their kids go to college, get a job, live life away from them, they will see what they were shielded from (both good and bad). I knew a kid who parents were like this and once he went to college he started smoking and drinking heavily. He OD'ed. Seriously. ouch here we go my daughter home schools and home schooled both her boys and my daughter in law is going to do the same my feelings from watching all of it is this even thou they are getting great educations they have no social life out side of home even thou schools are really bad now days children really need to learn the social arts of life as well and reading writing and etc. But that's just my opinion for what its worth. And then again if your child is subject to being persecuted for being big or adhd or some other problem then it may be best for yours and there health to be home schooled its a flip of the coin so to say. I think home school is the same as home appendix removal...a few parents might have the qualifications to do it correctly...but most don't... however if your kids appendix were to burst and you had no way to get to a doctor I say try your best at the home appendix removal. same thing goes for school if the school is that terrible or your child is that gifted and you as a parent are at least college educated... then go for it. I wuz razed bi a hipppy chik muther an she red tu me a lot.thins lik rollin stones mag an muther erth nuez...am emplote az aassosiate et WALmart az a greeter.it sez so on mi baajud.aaaarrrghhhh...aaarg... iz 42 tuday... I home schooled my daughter from 9 yrs old to 16yrs. I found she was much more learning focused than her " mainstream " friends (something she even noticed ) as for socializing she is able to mix with any age group, she had art lessons with a 82 yr old lady who is a close friend to her now. We moved away from our home town and she was still able to meet and create new friends. Academically her knowledge was also superior to those of mainstream, The greatest thing about it is that you can create a lesson plan around your child's interests. The important thing is not to get too stressed about it and have fun with it. No child under the age of thirteen should be subjected to it unless all other avenues of education have been tried and found unsuccessful. The most important skills learnt throughout the formative years of schooling are social skills. Home schooling robs children of the much needed social interaction and this cannot be replaced with outings and play dates. Bad idea.
Most homeschoolers are severely lacking in social skills. "New studies show that, contrary to popular mythology..the average home-schooled child has no problem 'socializing' with other children...as long as he remembers to use smaller words and shorter sentences."
What most people don't realize is that homeschool means home-based education. Homeschool kids are NOT kept locked away from society. They enjoy a multitude of activities such as scouts, campfire kids, church groups, 4-H, dance classes, karate classes, fencing classes, homeschool bands, homeschool co-ops, chess clubs, homeschool sports teams (yes,we have homeschool football, basketball, softball, track, swim and soccer teams).
Homeschool students also participate in homeschool book clubs, spelling bees, science fairs, talent shows, field trips, prom, and graduation ceremonies.
The idea of homeschool students being friendless social misfits who are missing out on important social opportunities is completely off base.
As far whether homeschoolers are receiving a decent education, yes, they are. The average homeschooler is leaving the average public school student in the dust when it comes to ACT and SAT scores.
They're not only being accepted into many major colleges and universities, they're also being recruited by many schools.
One more thing, not to be rude, but if you're going to insist that public schools are better than homeschool, use the spell check feature. A pro-public school post full of misspelled words and bad grammar provides a wonderful example of why parents should homeschool. HA! That was a great comment at the end of your post, Tawny.
OK. I wish to address the "socialization" aspect of this subject. Many people seem to believe that because a kid is home schooled, he is isolated from the world. That is simply not true. Home schooling is just that - a different form of education.
There are many other ways for a child to socialize. Involvement in community team sports, extracurricular activities, community theatre, church (if you’re into that), Boy/Girl Scouts, and the list goes on.
As far as home schooling itself – as long as the parent understands their child’s learning style, has the appropriate resources to offer a quality education, has a curriculum and method in place, and an appropriate place or environment, I think it can be extremely successful. It also removes the outside negative distractions common to many public schools. HOME SCHOOLING.
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Kevin, Liverpool, England. Bad idea to keep kid at home with only you. Good idea to be with a team of a few other parents and other kids. That way, they get quality custom education and still get to socialize with children whose parent's you trust! Plus, there is also church, scouts, 4H, sports, etc that the kid can get involved in and be around others. We like it. I have two sons and this will be our 4th year homeschooling. They are 11 and 13 and the only problem I have is I wish I had done it from the beginning. It is amazing. Both of my sons do not want to go back. They even do educational things during the summer without realizing it all on their own. They seem to love learning now. By and far the home school kids I meet are nicer, smarter, and more socially adept. Most of the Doctors I know home school their kids. I was home schooled for a while in Jr. High while waiting to get into the public school I wanted. (it's a long story) While homeschooling was preferable to attending the Jr. High I was supposed to go to, I didn't enjoy it much. I was soooooo bored most of the time. There's no social aspect to homeschooling unless you have siblings but then your social life shouldn't be limited to your family. One good thing I can say about it is that I could speed through most of the work at my pace instead of being held up by other kids in my class.
I now have a couple friends who were home schooled up until college. Both wish that they had attended regular schools- public or private. They said that they were initially very awkward going into college. Both said that it was a huge adjustment to have to learn how to deal with so many people directly or indirectly all the time. Homeschooling is as good or bad as the parent(s) make(s) it. If the parent is not commited to the best education possible (mental, physical, social, psychological, spiritual), it will not be good for the student. If the parent is commited to seeking out opportunities for the child to grow and experience all life has to offer (field trips, sports team, clubs, co-op classes, etc.), then the experience will be both challenging and enriching for the student.
When you commit to homeschool, you commit the child's ENTIRE education into your own hands. It will only be as good as you make it. I was homeschool through middle and high school. I did go to a public elementary school. Was it bad for me? No. I met lots of friends through homeschooling and I was constantly busy. Because of homeschooling I was able to spend more time with my parents. It was a great experience and if I'm able I will do the same for my children. Now onto the negative. A friend of mine was also homeschooling. And she is everything the bad side of homeschooling presents. Anti-social, doesn't do the work. Not to say she isn't smart or nice, but her mother never made her do the work or go out and interact with others. It really depends on the parents. If you don't lay down the rules about the schoolwork, then yes your child will fall behind. If you don't encourage you child, in sports, dance, etc.. then they may not have all the social experience you want. It also depends on the school, if you don't want your child to be taught certain things or if the school is overcrowded ( as my high school was. 7,000 students in a 3,000 student building) then homeschooling or private may be a good option. Some people say that just because you don't agree with what the school teaches is not a good enough reason. But when the evolution theory is being taught as fact ( and is a theory as they haven't been able to prove it. A good theory but still a theory. ) and you want it taught as a theory it may not be the school for you.
I'm currently in my freshman year at American Intercontinental University in London studying International Business. I have to admit that right before I left anyone who had told me my parents were making a mistake by homeschooling me, it was nice to see the looks on their face when they relised that I had proved them wrong. I gained a lot from homeschooling. My mom is one of my best friends, I have so many great friends ( not all homeschooled ) and am now in an amazing city receiving a great education. Homeschooling really depends on the parnets.
I would say go for it.
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