Sorry to be another person who doesn't fit your criteria, but I've read a lot of answers in here from those who were homeschooled and who are now against it and I thought I'd share their reasons:
1) one person was abused and is convinced that most homeschooling is just a way to cover up abuse
2) a few complained about having lost all social contact and think that that's how all homeschooling is
3) a few complained that their parents just let them be educationally so that they didn't get the education they should have had (and yes, seem to think that that's how other parents are, too)
So, basically, those homeschooled students (current or former) who have responded in here who are against it seem to think that their negative experiences are the only way that homeschooling can be done. Most of the people who are homeschooled who responded are very happy with it. Because the approach to their homeschooling was done differently.
In real life, I've only encountered one homeschooled student who was against homeschooling itself (and I've been around many, many homeschooled kids). She was maybe 13 and had been homeschooling for one year. Her reason to be against? It was embarrassing.
I'm against homeschooling.
I went to public school, but had a large group of friends who were all homeschooled.
All of them were extremely rebellious and angry because their parents were all so strict, and constantly keept track of their every move.
More than half of my homeschooled friends were drinking and or smoking both weed and cigarettes by the time they were 14. Any chance to rebel, they'd do it. They also had poor social skills.
I've seen a few who actually were homeschooled who were against it. Most weren't. Most opposed to homeschooling are ones who have never experienced it. Most of them don't have a choice if they are against it. Personally, I loved it. I don't mind them expressing their opinion, as long as they have a reason for it (unlike the ones who have never experienced it).
I can't answer your question specifically because I have never met a homeschooled child that did not enjoy their life.
I would like to address something from your first answerer, to put this into perspective.
I have known many public schooled kids whose parents were too strict, and they too rebelled. Does that say something about the method of schooling, or the overly strict parents?
Homeschool does not equal strict parenting any more than public school equals lax parenting.
I was homeschooled for K-3rd grade and 5th-9th grade (in 4th grade I went to public school). I hated being homeschooled and I resented my parents for homeschooling me. The only reason I went to public school in 4th grade was because my Mom had just had a baby and was also homeschooling my 2 sisters and didn't have time for me that year. Then my parents pulled me out after that year, even though I wanted to go back. It wasn't because I was a bad student or had any learning problems, on the contrary I was very bright. Their reason for homeschooling me and my brothers and sisters (I am the oldest of 6) was because "public school is bad and ungodly, blah, blah, blah....". After fighting with my parents through all of middle school and my first year of high school, they finally let me go back to public school for my last 3 years. To this day I regret that missed all those years at public school with my friends. My parents also were part of a "homeschool group" that I was forced to be a part of and go to the various functions. I hated it because the majority of the other kids in it were losers and people I would have never been friends with or even liked. I'm not saying that homeschooling is all bad, but for me it was a bad experience. I think it can be a viable option for elementary grades but ultimately should the students choice at least for middle and high school. So yes, I am against homeschooling and I was homeschooled, to answer your question. (By the way, I'm 25 now.)
I was homeschooled in seventh and eighth grades (I'm a senior now). I absolutely hated it. My mom decided to homeschool my sister and I even though we hated the idea and didn't want to be homeschooled. To this day, I have no idea why she decided on it. I was really resentful towards her because of it, and we argued and screamed at each other all the time. It really ruined any relationship we might have had. As far as academics go, since I was so resentful, I didn't take any of my work seriously. Also, my mom wasn't qualified to teach any serious subjects, like math and science, so I always had to ask my sister for help, and I really didn't learn anything. Socially, I didn't get to keep in touch with many of my friends, and going places was really awkward because everyone thought I was skipping school if I was out during school hours. There are som organizations of homeschooled kids, but it isn't the same as regular school, and no one wants to be aound their parents only for so many years.
When I went back to school, my grades were terrible. I wasn't used to doing homework, because everything was homework for me. Since I hadn't learned anything, I had to be put in a lower class than all of my friends (I had previously been in gifted programs) and so I didn't have very many friends. My mom had very reluctantly let me go back to regular school because we had fought so much, and she couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't tell her anything, or about how one girl was being mean to me and making me cry all the time because I was so afraid that she'd homeschool me again and I'd go back to having even less friends.
I know that not everyone has an experience this bad, and I'm fine in school now and I have lots of friends, but really, think twice before homeschooling.
I have read through the answers you have gotten and thinking back to other peoples complaints, it seems the resounding theme is that if home schooling is done properly, there aren't complaints. Like I have said in the past, you can't judge home schooling as a whole by a few bad experiences. I truly believe that some kids are better off in public school if their parents aren't able to commit the resources and effort to do it correct.
For us, it is great. My kids and I have a great relationship (not perfect of course, but better than some of my friends kids) and they are excelling academically.
I have to say, we have not had that experience at all.
If you are looking for validation that home schooled children do not like, or do not have a choice in their education I am going to have to disappoint you.
I moderate a local Yahoo Group, we have over a hundred plus families just in our area, and I have not heard any of the children, and many are teens; say they disliked it.
They do however often thank their parents for sticking with them, and taking the time to home school them.
Most enjoy very much the freedom to set their own schedules for work, study, and activities.
We have had several of our children's school friends tell them how lucky they are to be home schooled, and they wished they would have that opportunity.
I am homeschooling my daughter simply because I do not like the schools around where I live. My 6 year old sister goes to public school, my mom went to pick her up and while waiting in the hallway heard a boy ask a little girl for a head j*b. The girl said, "Agian?" That is reason enough for me, I have plenty more reasons, but what more does a mother need to know, than that!? To know not to put there child around that. She is in girl scouts, and plays sports, and also does church activities. I am not all out strict so i doubt she will get hooked on alcohol or drugs, I really don't think it is about being strict anyway....if you teach your child good morals, ethics, and values then who else is to blame?
some people have a hard time fitting in or the school is not advanced enough. its a good 2nd option.....
im home schooled and im a good kid, against drugs and drinking so dont say that all home school kids get into trouble.
I'm homeschooled, and not really con, but it's hard. I was in public school until I was in 7th grade (I'm in 10th) . Public school was really easy for me and I enjoyed it. My mom chose to have us at home b/c she hated to have us gone for so much of the day. I think homeschooling is good for people who can handle it, but my mom has her hands full with my lil bro and 2 lil sisters. I have to do everything myself. It's just to easy to be lazy. I kinda wish I was in public school, but that is mostly b.c I know how it works, I'm comfortable there. btw socialization is rarely a problem. My siblings have TONS of friends. I'm not so bad myself. I go to church, I take orch and AP Physics at school, and my life is good. The only con about homeschooling is that it is super hard.
I am homeschooling my daughter currently, and I would say that her major complaint is that we don't do our work every day.
The curriculum is very dry, and I have had a hard time to make it interesting for her. We are going to a lot of activities instead, and she is learning what she needs to. The cool thing is that we can branch out to areas that she loves, which she wouldn't be able to do in a regular school (such as art).
She told me that she does not want to homeschool again next year, so we are putting her back into private school. I know that she has missed her friends; however I have also seen my daughter blossom this year in a way that has never occurred.
Good luck in your endeavors!
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