Personally, I'm not opposed to homeschooling. I think it's best. The student can learn at his or her own pace.
I'm not really opposed to it, but I'm paying for public schools, I might as well get some use to them. It is a luxury if you have a parent who is able to stay home and teach their child.
I supplement school teaching with my own work and the importance of thinking critically and reviewing my child's work.
With respect, many home schoolers are taught because parents are opposed to certain widely-held scientific theories that are promulagated in public school. I believe that parents who do this are doing their children a disservice.
Other than that, I don't have a problem with it.
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I don't know of anyone who has said they are opposed to home schooling. There is a stereotype that parents who home school do so as a way of sheltering their children. This yields the criticism that children who spend so much time at home will be socially maladjusted. The only other criticism I can think of is that it might be perceived that parents who home school are doing so to ingrain some "weird" cultish set of values into their children (i.e. Mormons, Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, religious fundamentalists, etc.)
It's not a question of the education they receive. In my experience the kids that are home school are socially retarded. They don't know how to interact with other children. Part of going to school is learn social skills. You can have all the education in the world but if you can't interact how can one make it in the real world. Glad to hear you turned out OK. But you also had 1o yrs of public schooling. My neighbors kids are a bunch of little weirdos with some fucked up religious beliefs.
I know several children who were homeschooled. When they started college, they had a hard time adjusting to life! Had NO SOCIAL SKILLS..They are now finished with college and say they would never homeschool their children!
It seems that those who are opposed to it either know a few who turned out poorly or are just going with what's taught by society.
Perhaps to further the question, why do people assume that the few homeschoolers they've met (or are aware of that they've met--many people have no clue just how many homeschoolers they've actually come in contact with) are representative of the whole?
If you were to go to some bad area of a city and the first black men you ever met in your life were part of some gang, would that make sense to assume that all, or even most, black men become gang members?
If you were to meet a few people from another country whom you all found weird, would it make sense to assume that everybody from that country is the same way?
Of course, first impressions are always the hardest to change!
When I was younger, like in the 6th grade, me and my friends use to play with these kids on our block, we use to call them "the girls" because they were sisters and it was like 4 or 5 of them. Anyway whenever we talked to them they wanted to know about everything we did at school and wished that their dad would let them go. I remember when we all tried out for cheerleading and the girls wanted to so bad and couldn't. Being home schooled they have really miss out on some good times. For me high school was so much fun, I was a good kid and had really good grades. I know the girls wanted to go to football games, get-togethers, and prom like other kids and wasn’t able to. I really felt bad that they had to miss out on things that they really wanted to do.
I don't know how old Baby T is, but homeschoolers have sports, cheerleading, arts, etc. in such quantity now that it is hard to decide what to do.
The majority of homeschooling opponents I encounter are either p.s. employees or people who are hellbent on getting a hold on the minds of other people's children before the poor little moppets learn to think for themselves. The rest are mommies who work to pay for their 2nd tacky BMW/trips to Bahamas/whatever & dump their sweet little bunchkins off in daycare or p.s. & are guilt-ridden. Mommies I know who really MUST work usually wish they COULD be home w/their children.
There's pros and cons to home schooling......
The pros are:
More personalized attention
More time with parent
Structured system of learning
The cons are:
Social skills go way down because homeschooled kids are around the same types of kids as them and they don't learn to socialize with other kids.
They don't get the chance to partake in normal activities for their age and learn how to take risks in life, love and other experiences to their age.
They tend to be very behind in a lot of social things and maturity wise they're not as fast to catch up.
I’m not opposed to homeschooling, but I do have a problem with absolutes. I get angry when people assume that just because someone is homeschooling, their children will excel. I feel the same way when someone informs me that children who go to private school do better. Some private schools are amazing, some home schoolers are wonderful and the some public schools are fantastic. Yet the converse is true also, it just seems to me that people in each camp aren’t willing to admit that.
I spent a few years as a home school teacher. My job was to meet with families that were homeschooling and evaluate the children’s process. I saw FANTASTIC things. Children who were grade levels above the state standards. Children who were socially active and participated in humanitarian projects. Children who were learning very well in all areas and yet were excelling in one area and were allowed to do amazing work in that area.
Yet I also so horrific things. A nine year old who was forced to spend the day playing with two year olds at a home day care center. Her only academics came when the babies were sleeping and she filled in the blanks in a workbook her mom bought at Wal-Mart.
A child who’s only reading and writing material was the bible. He had absolutely no interaction with people outside his family. In fact I had to get a court order to have his parents let me meet with him.
A twin brother and sister who at age 12 couldn’t read or write because they had “chosen” not to. The parents felt that children knew best and that when education became important to the children, they would automatically, without outside influences, learn whatever they needed.
I wish that instead of fighting about which is better, and attacking people who have chosen a different way then ours, all educators would work together to insure that each child was in an educational setting that was best for them.
I generally tend to agree. The American public school system has major problems and needs to be changed or lost. It's that simple.
Teacher unions. Foreign immigrants. Gang-bangers. Druggies. Kids who hate school. These are the problems and home school CAN be (but isn't ALWAYS) the answer.
I was homeschooled from 5th grade until graduation. While I am a supporter of homeschooling, I don't think that just anyone can do it. Honestly, my mother could not. 2 of my sisters and both of my brothers did not graduate and have not received GED's. 2 sisters did graduate and one of them has pursued nursing. Not great statistics. Homeschooling requires a huge commitment and a very organized person. I would highly recommend that anyone thinking about homeschooling their children get in touch with a local homeschooling support group and really talk to a lot of people who are doing it to make sure you are up to the task. Another thing to consider is extra-curricular activities such as sports and drama. Look into local teams and programs like the YMCA.
That said, I think that you can give your children an amazing education at home. Don't let people tell you that kids need the socialization of public school. As long as you make sure your kids get some time with their friends, taking away the distraction of having so many peers around can really make a child focus on their education. Group sports, youth groups, neighborhood friends can all provide plenty of socializing.
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