If you plan a life-long career in a prison setting, school is a GREAT place to start. I suggest starting in a high-poverty school. I served a thirteen year sentence for a crime I still don't think I committed. I was punched, spit on, shunned, beaten up, vandalized, robbed and stripped.
Only in prison and school are you told where to go and when, what to wear, what to think, what you'll eat, where you'll have to seek permission to use the bathroom, and where the main objectives are to keep you on the premises and prevent overt violence between the inmates.
Prison culture and school culture have more in common than you care to think about.
Homeschooling helps a parent teach a child what he or she feels is necessary for the child to learn. Most adults forget some of the things they learned in public school because they did not need to remember these things for later on in life. At a certain age, a parent should ask a child what he or she wants to be when they grow up and the parent should help the child achieve this by helping them learn the necessary things which would enable them to succeed at the job, and not the things unnecessary for it.
I support the notion that homeschooling can be very beneficial to children. The biggest argument I hear against homeschooling is that people feel homeschooled children aren't well socialized. Beyond the fact that I personally don't understand why there seems to be so much emphasis on that aspect of the schooling experience, I have seen the exact opposite of such sentiments. Homeschooled children have the opportunity to get out more often and socialize with people of all ages, not just peers their own age, which is a much more true-to-life experience. Look around you sometime where you work, how many people there are your exact age or come from similar backgrounds and experiences as in a public school classroom? Probably not too many. There is a growing movement towards homeschooling now as well, which means there are SO many groups and activities out there for homeschooled children, so they also have plenty of chances to interact with children closer to their own age. Also, the idea that homeschooled children will automatically turn out strange, socially inept, or incapable of dealing with "the real world" is kind of silly when you really stop to think about how many kids you went to public school with who turned out just like that. Public school is certainly not a safe-guard against "weirdness". I could go on and on, but basically the point is once again that homeschooling can definitely be beneficial.
Homeschooling is beneficial because kids have better learning experience, can decide what they want to learn, and get possibly even MORE social. Now I can almost hear all those people screaming at their laptops or PCs or Macs or whatever, but before you start posting a bunch of disagreeing comments on my post, consider this: Homeschooling allows students to participate in fun and sometimes educational clubs that they could not do in public school. Sitting in a lecture for 7 hours a day is not socialism. Clubs, fun and Friends are.
I am home schooled, I'll be graduating this June, and I've been home schooled my whole life. Overall, I think it depends on the person, but I think that generally, home schooling is beneficial to children. To those worried about socialization skills, there are home school groups that kids can get into and meet other home schooled kids in there area.
But, onto the actual schooling process, I actually find the home school process very beneficial, at least the way we did it. I had trouble with math early on (especially multiplication, long division and the like) and being able to take my time, instead of being rushed through it and have it all shoved down my throat really helped. On top of that, you can combine certain subject to shorten the school day. For example, after my freshman english, I was able to combine english with another subject (history, geography, etc) to shorten my school day. If I were to write a history paper for example, I'd receive two grades, one for the content, and one for the actual paper, and this helped shorten the school day big time, leaving more time for playing, chores or whatever else.
Being home schooled also helped teach me time management. Instead of having a fixed schedule, every single day, I read out of the textbook myself, and had to decide how to break up whatever I had to do each day, and make sure I got all the reading and all the home work done. So here I am, at 18, and I can manage my time better than most kids my age, because I've been doing it all of high school. If I should decide to go to college, this will be a huge skill to have, and one that is difficult to learn and master. One you certainly don't want to learn in college, rather, you want to know it when you get there.
So overall, in my opinion, while home school doesn't work for everyone, there are lots of benefits from it, some that everyone should have.
Absolutely. I agree that it is beneficial. How could a parent that cares enough to devote his or her time teaching his or her child(ren) a bad thing? I was raised in a public school environment. Now that I have kids of my own I send my children to a public school. They are ages 5 and 7. I am experiencing the public school and I don't like it. With that being said with all the tragic events that are going on, I want to keep my kids at home. Teachers teach my children things that I don't like. My kids think that whatever the teacher says is right and it goes. I'm like who's the parent? Public school teaches that if someone is hitting or bullying you to go tell someone. I'm sorry but how is that going to help? If someone is choking or hitting you the only way to stop them immediately is to fight back. Otherwise how would you get away to go and tell? I wish I could homeschool my children. As a single parent I don't have that luxury.
I believe that education and learning is an experience, not merely the intake of information. The need for interaction socially, and academically with a range of minds is vital to this process. However, we must not forget the exceptional circumstances to which one might consider home-schooling their children. Can one really force a child who gains no gratification from being in school (a poor experience for them), and thereby, not learn anything, to continue attending? maybe home is the best place for some individuals. Education should be tailored to children, not children to education. After all, learning is a unique, individual experience, which although may often benefit from wider interaction, needs to consider cases where one might get more out of there being less of this interaction.
I think it is very important that kids come together and interact with kids of the same age. I think it is also important that children learn to solve conflicts, which originate from being together with others. Also, it is important that they learn to work as a team, to find solutions with others.
I have been homeschooled all my life. I've entered a public school building six times, only because I was getting applications to enter a school sport (guess that covers the socialization question). I am now in my second year in college and at the top of my class. My father owns a healthcare business from which I've been working since I was fourteen. My older sister (also homeschooled), is twenty and runs the business most of the time. I am now THEE full-time secretary and going to college full time at night. If I sound confident...I am. Stop and ask yourself for a second, do you know any other nineteen year olds that are full-time secretaries, going to school to become a healthcare proffesional in the same business? What about twenty year olds running a business? My parents trust me too. They trust me with their business. Do you trust your business with your nineteen yearold and twenty year old? Have your children been working since their early teenage years? If you are too ignorant and illiterate to teach your children anything, don't rant and rave about how others shouldn't. If you don't think that homeschooled children are socialized, maybe you should actually meet a few. I've only been in a public school a few times, but every time I am I feel like I am trapped. Who would give me more guidence, education, truth, and love than my own parents? People who have gone to college for years and years, learning things that have nothing to do with the specific subject that they're going to teach? I go to college. I am taking classes for my degree that have nothing to do with my occupation! I am tired of people saying that we as homeschoolers don't know how to talk to others. Next time you pick your kids up from school, look at those around them. Do they talk to you? Or are they stuck in their own "peer group". Next time you go to your doctors' office and the secretary is sitting there filling out paperwork, sending faxes, answering phones, setting appointments, filling out orders, and calling insurence companies, think of me. Who has a better head start for life? Your child, or me?
In a homeschooled atmosphere a child can and often do perform at an accelerated academic pace. Though not for everyone, the individual who homeschools properly can customize the learning plan to the child and avoid the academic ceilings in traditional schools faster and with less expense with no loss in quality.
Kids that are homeschooled often have advanced classes and are usually gifted. I was homeschooled and could read at 1 years old, multiply at 5 and was fluent in French at 6 years old by online programs. When I did go into the public school system, I was years ahead and as a freshman, was taking classes with seniors.
It seems most of the "no'?" Think homeschoolers are hiding out not being part of the world have no experience with the outside world. I would disagree! They have more of an understand how to get along - not with 30 people of the same age but 100's of all age groups. For those who talk about natural competition - I guess you haven't been to a first lego league or first tech challenge! Working on a team with other people and designing, developing, and competing against other teams in healthy competition is part of the experience!
Done correctly, a home school education is vastly superior to that of the traditional school setting. Although not popular with today's society, a homeschool education or a private tutorage has been the normal mode of education for hundreds of years. The method of individual tutoring (or homeschooling) is beneficial in that the student receives personalized lessons. His or her instructor knows that child's individual abilities and can adjust their lessons accordingly. The student in a classroom setting will be instructed according to the level of the most average student in that room. Advanced scholars will be bored, while below average students will struggle to keep up. A look at the academic scoring of the homeschooled child versus the classroom scholar should prove sufficient data to answer this question.
The failure of the public schools is proof enough! I get that homeschooling is not for everyone nor are all parents willing or able to make the sacrifices but I do believe it is the best choice! My kids can interact with kids of all ages and genders (just like we adults do in the "real world" instead of the same age day after day and being told they cannot talk except at recess and at lunch!) my kids can talk and ask questions and are being taught what is respectful and disrespectful as we go along. You can see a clear different between homeschoolers and public schoolers at field trips when most field trip leaders will always compliment the homeschoolers on how well behaved they are, better questions they ask, etc. Statistically if you took time to do the research, homeschoolers do better overall and that is because of the one on one attention, co-ops and playdates with other homeschoolers. My kids and I have many more friends than I ever had as a child going to school. I spent my time wishing the day was over from all the bullying and being made fun of. Now when my kids are in a difficult situation I can teach them how to handle that situation in the best way. I live across from a public school and I see and hear how the kids act on a daily basis. Sorry but that is not what I want my kids to learn and copy! My neighbors kid is bullied/beat up every day and he is only in kindergarten! If that is the "best" for my children, then I rather not have the best. But I do know what is "best" for my child and how they are thriving in the homeschool environment! They do more things every day than I did growing up yet they are "homeschooled." Which is the case for most homeschoolers!
Having been a teacher in both private and public schools, I wish more parents chose this option for their children. There is a world of knowledge and learning that simply cannot be accessed through our system AND there is a great deal learned that then needs to be unlearned. I know far more polite, caring, and compassionate home schooled kids than those that spend 12-13 years attending school. Socialization is taught and modeled everyday by parents and Co-op teachers. With kids on the playground at recess it's just the blind leading the blind. Teasing, bullying, and just plain mean behaviors are learned from the interactions among children. Home schooling provides the relational advantage of being with a caring, responsible adult - this is how a child learns how to be a caring, responsible adult.
As a 16-year-old home school student I would say that home schoolers not only get their fair share of socialization, but most of them also come into life with a much better idea of how to run a home. Last summer, I got a job at a hotel and got along really well with everyone I worked with, so obviously socialization isn't my problem. I've studied really hard and did well in my PSATs, so education isn't a problem either. I've also taught my younger siblings several subjects, which they enjoyed as much as I did. It's a teaching, learning experience and I wouldn't trade being home schooled, being around the people I love, for sitting in a classroom seven hours a day with people I'm never going to remember in thirty years.
Homeschooling can definitely be beneficial to students. The smaller classroom size personalizes their educational experience, making it easier to give them the individualized attention that they need. They also get to interact with other home schoolers so that they learn how to socialize. But, there must be a reduction in the instances of peer pressure when you are talking about 20 peers, as opposed to more than 200. Home schooled children don't have to deal with bullying and peer pressure to the extent that those who aren't home schooled do. They get to forge relationships that last, not having to trade old classmates and teachers in for new ones every year. There are disadvantages to home schooling, but there are advantages, too.
When a child is homeschooled, he is able to be taught 1 on 1. Any trouble he might have with learning is easily recognized and able to be helped much easier. The child can also be taught the things that are most important to the parents in addition to regular studies, such as religion.
I support homeschooling for those who have dedicated parents. Traditional schools are often overcrowded, allowing children to slip through the cracks, move on to new subjects without comprehension, or have the opportunity to advance taken away while the other students catch up. Parents should fill these gaps even for students in traditional schools, but often put too much trust in teachers to do so.
I think home schooling is beneficial for children. It provides a good alternative to public education in that it usually offers smaller "class" or group sizes. It also offers children the opportunity to learn different viewpoints instead of just one from a mandatory text book which can sometimes be biased. It also allows children to receive a more customized education based on their learning needs.
the purposes of education, I think homeschooling is beneficial. Even though I don't know any relevant information off the top of my head, I believe there are studies that show homeschooled children outperform public schooled children. All those people who say that homeschooled children will lack social skills; do you have no friends outside of school?
I'm not usually for home-schooling under general circumstances are I believe that education, and learning is an experience, not merely the intake of information. The need for interaction socially, and academically with a range of minds is vital to this process. However, we must not forget the exceptional circumstances to which one might consider home-schooling their children. Can one really force a child who gains no gratification from being in school (a poor experience for them), and thereby, not learn anything, to continue attending? maybe home is the best place for some individuals. Education should be tailored to children, not children to education. Afterall, learning is a unique, individual experience, which although may often benefit from wider interaction, needs to consider cases where one might get more out of there being less of this interaction.
There is a lot of crowd control time in schools. Many kids learn very little because of the disruptive behaviour of other students. Many students just don't fit in in the classroom and need a more flexible approach to learning.
Homeschool children can get a lot more done each day with less time spent in assemblies, marking roles, changing classrooms and so on.
Homeschool children are often better socialized than non home school children. They often have many wonderful chances to socialize without the oppressive school environment or the influence of bullies.
Often the socialization that goes on in schools is very negative as kids mix with peers into undesirable activities or commit crimes to be considered cool.
There are many fabulous recourses available today for homeschooled kids and many learn faster than their peers. Research shows homeschooled kids often do better in college as they are better independent learners.
Homeschooling is not for everyone, but it works great for some families and most often produces articulate, socially-skilled and well-read children. When local school systems are underfunded and do not turn out well-educated kids, or in situations where the local schools are not equipped to teach the values and history of a student's native worldview and culture, it makes sense for parents to homeschool. Especially now that there are many homeschooling support and curriculum resources, home-schooling is a great option for some families.
Provided the parent (or home schooling teacher) is well educated in teaching and creating a curriculum, a student who is home schooled can thrive. The parent would need to make sure the children have a social network in place to replace that missing from a traditional school atmosphere. The parent should put education first and make it a priority.
In reading some of the comments from the two different sides, I have decided to home school my kids. The reasoning being used by the people who are opposed to home schooling has made me very suspicious of their motives, agenda, and logic. I think people really need to stop and think about what they are saying before the speak.
Homeschool means not going to brick and mortar school. It doesn't mean no learning, no curriculum, no other interaction with other children. Children who are homeschooled have an education tailored to their interest. They have activities like meeting with peers for playdates or classes outside of school like in a local farm, museum, or college. Supposedly, most of the work is done at home, but in reality our "school" work is done at any opportunity that is contrived or coincidentally presented at any given time. Learning experiences are everywhere, we just have to have the desire to impart that to our children and seek knowledge ourselves.
"I know several homeschool moms who are barely literate and have terrible writing skills." This is working under the assumption that ALL teachers have perfect writing skills.
"It takes a whole village to raise a child" Absolutely right. In public school however, the whole village is limited to teachers (many of whom all learned the same style of teaching from similar college programs) inside of a building. Is that honestly the only village that can raise our children? What about interacting with the local Fire Chief, business owners, volunteering for an elderly home, etc? They are the "village" as far as I'm concerned.
"Kids whom are homeschooled have no life experiance" As opposed to public school children who go bursting out of the doors the minute they graduate with all of their 'real life' experiEnce? Public school is not real life for anyone those are enrolled in public school.
"When they grow up and get older they are going to need those socialization skills." Not all good socialization skills and not every public schooled individual has GOOD socialization skills. What 'socialization skills' are you referring to when you say 'those'?
"Like if they get a job somewhere they need to know how to communicate and interact with other people." Based on that logic, I know someday my children will need to know how to drive probably much sooner than they will need to work. Should I start them in drivers training now in kindergarten? Otherwise they may not be ready later....
"I don't think so... to develop self-confidence not only in the house but this can help them learn how to get along with their fellow. IS A MUST" I'm sorry, I don't understand the statement.
"In early childhood, lessons such as getting along with others and learning to share and be nice to people - even when you don't want to be nice - can never be duplicated with homeschooling." Being nice to people even when you don't want to be. That is an everyday challenge for anyone.
"I do not think that homeschooling is beneficial to children, because I think it's oppressive." In public school children have little rights and are limited to what subjects they are allowed to talk about and in what context. Also, many are discouraged from individual thought and challenging the norm. Homeschool is oppressive? Home schooled kids are allowed to use the bathroom without a hall pass.
I will agree that not all families would benefit from homeschooling, however, the arguments against homeschooling have yet to be able to stand on their own. Homeschooling would be beneficial for more children than would sending them into a government run institution that is starting to reflect a prison more than it does 'the real world'. Homeschooled children ARE the ones in the real world even IF they are limited to a smaller social structure. Let's be honest-how many of our real lives involve sitting in a room with 30 people who are our own age? Homeschool encourages children to actively seek out and maintain quality friendships with a diverse selection of others versus only becoming friends with the kid who is sitting next to them who they have everything in common with.
A good curriculum, good management of the time, better developing specific talents and skills of the child, better time management , one to one teaching comparing to one to 20-25. Also developing practical activities with the child. Better management of influences over the child, more time spent with the familly
We have used public, private and home school. My two older are now in private school and are doing well. My youngest is home schooled and doing well. I have very high expectations of him and expect his best work. We cover all subjects and nothing is off limits. He is free to ask whatever he wants and we find answers together. He is more confident in talking with people of all ages. He is involved sport teams and has friends in the neighborhood. For him home school works.
My oldest a senior and spent most of his time in public schools lacks in a few areas. He cannot tell time on a face clock and struggles with basic math. I did not realize this until we were doing work with our youngest.
My middle son is in private school. He wants to be home schooled but we will not home school him because he needs to be around people. He is not naturally out going and does not like being around people.
When my youngest is in 6th grade we plan looking into private school for him also. We go year by year. We may decide to put him in a school before then. For now our style of schooling works for each of my children. I do not think there is a right or wrong. As parents we all do what we think is best for our children and our families.
My son Ollie can play piano, write stories, go outside and with animals, play chess. As a result, at 11, he can play various Bach inventions, writes compositions in Sibelius, has won several chess tournaments, speaks three languages, can do algebra and writes long beautiful stories and poems. He's happy. He has lots of close friends. He's handsome. I can't see what we're doing wrong.
Kids can learn at their own pace. They also get more hours of sleep. Homeschooling allows less distractions for better learning. Kids can learn with different coricculums, so they can learn more or less at one time. They get to spend more time with their family. Homeschooling is a great thing to do.
Right now I am homeschooling my 9 yr old and 6 yr old. They are perfectly normal, inquisitive, smart, and sometimes "bothersome" little boys. They enjoy talking to us (parents), each other, family members, friends and "oh" strangers (with me standing by of course). My eldest will ask me how to find a phone number to the Lego Store. I help him look in the telephone pages, get the number and he calls the Lego Store and speaks to a grown-up. Just to ask about a particular item he saw on the internet. BTW he started doing this when he was around 6 yrs. Old, now how about that for social skills. My 6 yr old has a severe stuttering problem, which was diagnosed when he was 5 from a speech therapist. We went through a University Speech Clinic and while they could clearly hear that he had "bumpy" words, he was unafraid to talk and express himself. Even with all the "bbbbbbumpies" he spoke confidently. My son realizes he needs to talk smoother for others to understand him, but by being home-schooled he doesn't feel like he has a handicap. He doesn't think he is "not normal", just because his speech isn't as smooth like the rest of his family. What do you think public school would have taught him? The teachers? The other immature children? Sometimes listening to my son stuttering takes a lot of patience (did you know research shows that to hear a person stuttering is actually really irritating to most people, "King's Speech"). Instead of stopping him, finishing his sentence, cutting him off or even making fun of him, I help him through his bumpy words, because I love him. Homeschooling is not the answer for everyone, because it takes a lot of love, free thinking, patience and just wanting to be around and having my little ones around me. I home-school because rather then shelter them from the "evils" of the world, I'm preparing them to deal with the "evils" of this world. As an adult if you think school/college is the only important thing in life, and a good education will get you a "good" job, then you need a wake up call. Being educated (learning) and education (school) is two completely different thing. Just because you go to school/college doesn't mean you are getting educated. Learning is a life process, not to be used only in a school setting. Children should love learning whether it is math, English or simply how to be respectful of others. To all the children who are horribly scarred from homeschooling, I'm so sorry that your parent/parents couldn't see the bigger picture. You should have learned to fly (love learning), because that's what good homeschooling does, rather you were severely, unnaturally sheltered. Because being sheltered is actually a good thing. Aren't you glad for the roof over your head?
I was homeschooled for my entire academic life before college. I made great grades and I was, and still am, a social butterfly. My mother taught me and made learning fun. I am now in my third semester in college and I have a standing GPA of 4.0 and I am well above the average students in my classes. Some people may feel that homeschooling is a bad idea, but do a little research and you'll quickly discover how wonderful it really is. I actually ended up on this site because I am doing a paper on the pros and cons of homeschooling, and all the research I am finding contains many more pros than cons.
They can concentrate more. The teachers can judge the students properly. They can pay more attention if they go for homeschooling compare to in a classroom. The teachers in a classroom much pay attention to all the students in the classroom which makes it harder for them to really get to know whether you understand a certain topic.
My bias? I am a home educator and pharmacist; my parents and grandparents were public school teachers. My husband and I have one daughter, and she has never attended any school except the one here at our dining room table.
That being said, we have been very intentional when it came to her social contacts. She asked for violin lessons very early, so we accessed the school system when she was six years old, and she became part of the music program, working her way through group classes, then junior, intermediate and senior orchestras. At 11 years old, she joined the provincial youth orchestra, and a year later, became section principal of second violins, a leader to kids older much older than herself. Currently, just prior to turning 16, she is in her second year as co-concertmaster of this same orchestra. She obviously knows how to socialize, and early on, was recognized as having leadership abilities. Besides the musical activities, she has attended camp each summer since she was six, has played basketball in a city league, is an active member of her church youth group, volunteers three hours per week at a music program for under-privileged kids....That's not a complete list, but this record indicates that she can "play with the big kids."
The clearest reason that we started educating our daughter at home was for academic reasons. Having a one-on-one tutor to student ratio is clearly a no-brainer. I was a gifted learner as a child, and I remember the boredom. My daughter, similarly gifted, has been allowed to work at the pace where she learns best, and has time to explore topics and hobbies at her leisure; she has been permitted to learn widely, as well as deeply. She has been tested and scores very highly in standardized testing, so I know we have the luxury of letting her explore many academic avenues.
The best by-product of home education, in my eyes? An arena where a kid can learn without being ridiculed; whether it is because she learns slower or faster than the norm, there is no one mocking her abilities or disabilities. It allows a child to develop true self esteem, as they are allowed to fail until they don't fail anymore. When it is time to be "released" into group learning, they feel strong and able to stand, recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses.
My daughter is sometimes confident, sometimes unsure. She feels socially awkward some of the time, and totally in her element with her classical music people. She feels beautiful one day, and frets in front of the mirror the next. This sounds like many 15-year-old girls. She is quirky and nerdy and funny. Talented and intelligent, she is choosing her curriculum, planning for post secondary learning, and feels that working at her own pace at home, learning to manage her own time, is the best preparation for life after home school.
Yes, home education is beneficial for children. Especially this one.
When we pulled our autism kids to homeschool they were mostly non-verbal and had less than pre-k social skills. It has been 2 years now and all of them have made huge strides. Homeschooling has allowed us the freedom to ensure they receive one on one instruction at their own pace. Due to this they can now do work that is right on par to ahead of their peers academically and learn to adapt socially. Before homeschooling they were barely able to interact on a day to day basis with just their peers or handle even going into a grocery store without having a meltdown. Now they can converse with both peers and adults alike and handle social environments that before were impossible to them. Without homeschooling they would just be more numbers in a system that isn't designed to accommodate them and they would still be struggling instead of succeeding in beating the odds of their condition.
In homeschooling Children learn by doing things which educate them. Example My sons went to Gettysburg and learned about The Civil war They also learned about several states during the trip. They learned about actual geographic features of the land and also about food and the cut and colors of the clothes worn on both sides. They saw a Fife and Drum corp group practice 100+ tunes used to signal the regiments. Then they had a first hand display of a reenactment.. NONE of that can be forgotten to them. And it is an experience that none of the public school children will get... Oh some might still go to Gettysburg but we went the extra mile to take in extra scenery an sceans.. That is just one small glimpse of why Homeschooling is superior!
Statistics and standardized test scores prove that homeschoolers are, in general, better educated than their public schooled peers. There are many false assumptions about how homeschooling works such as: only the very religious homeschool; the parents are the only ones teaching; the parent can't learn right along with the student; students can't learn something on their own...Etc. There also seem to be the assumption that parents can't teach more than they know. If humans were incapable of learning beyond what their parents knew we would still be living in caves. Humans are curious by nature. It is the unnatural setting of public school that kills that natural desire.
All research indicates that not only are homeschoolers generally just as well socialized and well adjusted, but that they also tend to participate in more social activities as children and adults. Research also shows that public schools are very often harmful to social skills and the ability to socialize. Homeschooling gives the chance to be around a wider variety of people. Homeschoolers are not limited to being around only those who live in the same school district and who were born in the same 12 month period. Instead, homeschoolers are free to be around people of all ages and who live within a larger area. There are so many ways to socialize beyond the box that is public school. Statistics show that the average homeschooler participates in 3x the number of extracurricular activities over their public school counterparts. Studies also show that homeschoolers are more active in their community not only when they are homeschooling but also once they enter college and/or the workforce.
Students in traditional school settings are confined to a building/campus an average of 7.5 hrs a day 180 days a year with the same people day in and day out (often the same people for most of their years in school). In public schools they are segregated into groups by geographical area (with the exception of areas that have magnet schools, open enrollment etc but that is a minority of areas). In both public and private schools, students are then further segregated into groups by age, and often times into smaller groups according to ability. Such segregation greatly limits the number of and types of people that those in traditional school can socialize with on a regular basis. Also, so much time is spent in school or involved in its activities (especially homework) that public and private school students spend the majority of their waking hours either n school or doing homework. Many don’t experience socialization outside of public school because they do not have the time.
ACT scores: http://homeschooling.Gomilpitas.Com/olderkids/CollegeTests.Htm (scroll down to the excel spreadsheet)
Cites statistical information from several studies: http://www.Homeschool-by-design.Com/homeschooling-statistics.Html
Study on Canadian adults who were homeschooled: http://www.Naturalchild.Org/research/fifteen_years_later.Html
Evidence for Homeschooling: Constitutional Analysis in Light of Social Science Research:
List of several studies: http://homeschooling.Gomilpitas.Com/weblinks/research.Htm
Cases against public school: http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/blog/freedom-learn/200909/seven-sins-our-system-forced-education
List of various articles: http://www.Ontariohomeschool.Org/socialization.Shtml#research
Lies about Homeschooling: http://www.Connectthethoughts.Net/blog/2012/09/lies-about-homeschooling-part-one-your-child-wont-experience-socialization/
Some people debating this point may not realize that there is a healthy home school co-op culture in America. A co-op keeps all the benefits of home schooling while giving students the socialization so many "no" answers cite as the main drawback to home-based education. Co-ops can vary greatly depending on community, but they're definitely worth looking into.
Children can and do get socialization through their communities. They don't need to be in a classroom with 20 other children who are all the same age. With curriculum you can buy their parents don't even have to have a teaching degree to be able to teach their children what they need to know at any given level. They get to spend as much or as little time on a subject as they need to understand it, in public schools they often get left behind if they don't really know the information when it's time to move on. Or they sit in class bored because they are ready to move one but can't because it's not time to move on yet. It's not for all children, or for all parents. But for the majority of children a more individual education would benefit them greatly, and public schools can't give it to them.
It depends on quite a few factors. I do not think it works for every child or that every parent has what it takes. The kids need to be engaged every day, the parents have to put in the effort - as do the kids, it is a lot of work (a lot), everyone has to be on board with the idea, the kids have to get out and about (one of the more easy challenges IS to socialize the kids), tutors are sometimes needed, there is a lot of great support systems out there, a lot styles and materials are readily available... Totally do-able. I am not as favorable of the extremist within the homeschooling movement, but that is with everything it seems.
It can be extremely beneficial, but it takes dedication from both the parent and the child. The question is disingenuous, though, and ultimately meaningless. Turn the question around and ask "Is public school beneficial for children?" In some cases the answer is clearly "no." But no one would attempt to argue that because it is "no" in some cases public school is always bad for all children. That's clearly not true. Similarly, home school is not always beneficial, but for many (dare I say most) home schooled children it is, if for no other reason than because those parents who choose to home school usually care a great deal about their children and their children's education.
My kids are advanced. They are working above grade level but not so much that public schools would have moved them forward. Plus if they were moved they would have missed things they did not already know and were not advanced in. It also did not teach her social skills. She had no clue how to make friends.
With homeschooling we can work at their level on all subjects. They are not getting in trouble for acting out when they are bored (because they are not bored), and they are enjoying learning. Since we brought the oldest and only one to attend public elementary school home and started homeschooling the love of learning has come back into her life. She loves documentaries and asks questions daily and looks up answers on her own.
She never had any of that when in public school, though she was made to feel responsible for the other kids learning and thought I did not want her with me. Her exact words when asked what she wanted to do for 1st grade was " I guess I could go to public school." When asked why she said "That is where parents send their kids to get a break, and I enjoy helping teach the other kids." I was floored and decided she would never go back.
We have also worked extremely hard on her social skills. They just do not come naturally to her and she was in child care for 3 years before I got out of the Navy and she was always around kids in the neighborhood. So it was not a lack of social interaction. When we brought her home we started intensely working with her on her social skills. We practiced conversations and how to behave and discussed why as part of our everyday classes. She has been home for 2 years and is making friends slowly but surely. I do not think she will be Miss Popular like her younger sister but she will not be out of place and disliked like before.
So homeschooling has been beneficial to my children.
We've always homeschooled. My boys are now 12 & 9. We are not religious freaks. We like HS because the kids learn HOW to learn. Now what is the way this school says to do it. I am better preparing them for life as adults. They know how to relate to everyone - not just those that are in their specific age groups or those that come from their same socio-economic background.
My children are well-rounded, socially active children. They prefer being at home to learn. We take far more field trips, have more class options, and have very active social lives. My children are taking a foreign language, play soccer and swim, participate in a 4-H club, are involved in 2 co-ops (one for arts and one for science and history), and are involved in a Christian youth group. They are only in elementary grades, but they are active participants in what they learn and when they learn it. They are far from sheltered having many more close friends than I had at their ages. And I am able to watch them excel! We love homeschooling.
I have 8 children and have experienced private, public, and home school and by far, homeschooling is the best because, Godly character and family bonding is implemented on a more intimate and individual basis! My adult kids would agree, as well! I home schooled all 7 of my children in different stages in their lives and absolutely loved it and loving it now, as well!
As a homeschooler myself, I must say that by weighing the costs and rewards, homeschooling has indeed benefited me. Socializing was never a problem with friends, soccer, and my multiple homeschool groups. In fact, many would now consider me and my four siblings to be very sociable people. On top of that, homeschooling also brought my family much closer than I have seen any other family who sends their kids to public schools. The education is also much better since it allows the teacher to have large amounts of one-on-one time. Not only that, my mom knew me. She knew how I thought, what I struggled in, and how to help me. Ask any public school teacher if they would be more effective if they knew the student's better, or even if they could have one-on-one time with the students, and they will say yes every time. Overall, homeschooling is hands-down better than public schools. The fact that there is even a debate about this shows only how un-educated the public is on the benefits of homeschooling.
Having your child be home schooled is perfectly fine. I mean yes they don't get to meet new people or anyone but its more safe for them and they can learn better. There's less distraction for them and other kids wont bother your child. I believe having your child home schooled is perfectly fine and is great.
Better, focused academics. Better learning. My children love to ask questions and we are able to look up the answers, right then and there. Tons of hands on experience and field trips. My children are socialized--outside sports, clubs, play dates, etc. Real world experiences (not just textbook)-they order their own food, help with the grocery shopping, they come with me to work, handle money, etc. They do everything a child at a public school does and more. This is just a few things we do. Everything we do is based on real world experiences. The only thing they dont have to deal with is the bullies and negative peer pressure. They will be just fine in their adult lives.
My brother is homeschooled since last year and he used to be bullied a lot before then! I was worried about him and just wanted to go to the elementary school and beat up the bullies! But since he's been in homeschooling he hasn't had one problem!!! I love homeschooling!
If you oppose homeschooling, just think about 3 things . BULLIES, Lack of an individualized attention & one size fits all curricula . I like to be involved in my child's education, Is that a crime ? I want him to work at his own pace . Don't want any typical classroom distractions . And what about violence in the public schools ( such as school shootings) ? Overall, its a PERSONAL decision & may work for some & not for others . But let's not criticize nor judge . As a mother, NOBODY , no Teacher can care about my child's education as much as I do .
Homeschooling is education at its best. The entire family is involved in the learning process, and it requires the student to motivate themselves. Homeschoolers have been found to have excellent test scores, and often behave more learnedly and politely than their publicly educated counterparts. Observe a group of public-schooled teenage girls chatting before their dance class, and you hear frequent remarks of "OMG!" and "I mean, can you believe it!" The small bunch of homeschooled teens at the other end of the studio are discussing the affect of concealed-carry permits on their rights. In Latin.
In summary, homeschooled students graduate with superior knowledge, learning skills, and experience.
People who oppose homeschool just parrot what they hear hence my reason for homeschooling. I actually want my kids to think for themselves. Homeschooled children score for greater than public school children. Just look at the facts! Socialization?! Really?! School is for learning not a social club. Perhaps thats why we rank so low compared to the rest of the world. My kids get to socialize all day long. At church at the grocery store outside with neighbors with family and friends. The only opposing argument is socialization really?! Well if you can tear your children and yourselves away from the TV long enough, you would realize that life is socializing unless you live in your iPad! School is for learning. Period. And if our school system is inept well then my kids will rise above the rest.
There is nothing more effective than direct instruction. The model I do we do you do can't b beat! Homeschooling is most beneficial for kiddos with struggles or learning issues. One can also focus on troubled spots and fill in learning gaps which are hard to assess in the big classroom.
My 2 boys are gifted and have aspergers. Public school is set up to force all the children to be the same. If youre not just like everyone else and you can't be quickly changed to be like everyone else you're in for a long hard road full of pitfalls. My boys greatly enjoy being smart and different and all public school is set up to do is take that away from them. I won't let that happen so we home school now and it work for us.
I'm a Homeschool graduate who went on to college and a career that started me out with a salary that is more than my Father (College educated professional) has ever made at 22. I socialized with many different groups and different through my homeschool group and churches, and have never had an issue communicating with anyone, despite their age. In fact, I am required to meet, interact, and instruct new individuals every day, so please do not tell me that homeschoolers do not get enough socialization. And by the way, I still met bullies and mean girls, and yes, I learned to deal with them, but the difference was that I wasn't in a system that promoted following the latest trends that was set by the popular kids, I grew up without that level of peer dependency, making me a more independent and free-thinking individual, and more successful because of it. Shouldn't that be one of the goals for parents? Shouldn't we make free-thinking, successful members of society out of their children as much as possible? Now of course there is going to be some weird homeschooled adults, there's weird public schooled adults to. I'd venture to say that there is just some weird adults in the population in general, and that probably stems more from parenting than the way they were educated (There's crazy and radical people that reproduce, SHOCKER! Guess what! Their kids will be affected by those crazy and radical beliefs and behaviors, no matter how they have been educated). As for dealing with bad elements and learning to deal with them early on, all children will be exposed to second hand smoke at some point in their life, should we expose them early on? Of course not! Most of us wouldn't expose our children to second hand smoke voluntarily, especially when they are very young and still physically developing into what we hope to be a healthy individual! How is that different than trying to preserve your child's self-image and individuality as they go through very important development emotionally and socially (socialization is important, however, kids do NOT need to be overwhelmed by overwhelmingly socializing with peers that are only close to their age and going through the same emotional developments, they also need to socialize with older individuals to help them see where they're going (where they want to be emotionally/socially), and they need to socialize with younger individuals to see where they're been.
And by the way, there is a current trend/campaign in the US to stop bullying, which I think is great! But according to most of the arguments I've heard, those bad elements are an essential reason to go to public school so they can learn to deal, so why are we fighting bullying? Because it's BAD! This is what StopBullying.Gov says about the issue
"Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
-Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
-Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied."
Yeah, that's super healthy for our children, they definitely need to experience that so they can feel helpless the rest of their lives (sarcasm, btw). So again, please do not tell me that kids should go to public school for socialization, that's NOT the point of education and it's not the ideal social setting for a child who is developing anyway. And lastly, on the point of education, please do not judge parent's on their ability to teach. Are you really going to tell me that all of the teachers you had in public school were completely competent and positively affected your education? Of course not, every public schooler I've ever talked to has had at least one teacher that they severely disliked and felt did not contribute to their education. So my point is that not all teachers are competent either (they're human, it's going to happen!). By the way, my father was a public school teacher for many years, and I believe that most teacher's are wonderful at their job, but are restricted because of too high of a teacher to student ratio and sub par curriculum, so please do not think that I am attacking public school teachers, I'm not, but at the same time we need to recognize that there are many programs that parents are able to utilize for their children's home education as a very successful alternative to public school (I don't have the time to look up the research for you all, but look it up, educate yourselves a little bit [unless that's too homeschooled for you] ).
It is crazy to say that parent's are unable to educate their children adequately because they are not formally educated as a teacher, they have resources that can enable them to help their child be educated well and properly without depending on public school education. Homeschooling does not necessarily mean that the parent is giving the lecture to a child like in a public school setting. Homeschooled means that it is parent-led education in the home. The child could enroll in online classes or supplemental classes, video lectures, and self-directed textbooks, there are many different ways to homeschool that can be selected by the parents to cater for that child's specific needs. Which leads to the greatest pro of homeschooling. It is individualized education based on the INDIVIDUAL NEEDS of the child, not on a group of children who will all have different strengths and weaknesses, and yet will work at the 'average' level. I'm truly sorry for the book I've written above, but (if you can't tell) I'm very passionate about the subject. To sum it all up, YES, HOMESCHOOLING IS BENEFICIAL FOR CHILDREN!
Public school leads to kids only being able to associate with people the same age. Unschooled kids can interact with anyone because they haven't been taught false norms in an institutional environment. It's the difference between respect for authority and fear of authority. Unschooled and homeschooled kids still have neighbors, friends of all ages, church, organized sports etc to socialize. It's sad that people think kids can't learn to interact with other people without being exposed to the horror of public education.
I am a homeschool student and unlike others I was in school before I went to homeschool. When I went to school I failed. I felt pressure and I always fell behind. I even had to do 4 hours of extra homework only to catch up to my classmates. But when I went to homeschool, my perspective changed. I started to learn the value of education. I started to do mini researches just for the fun of it, and I loved analyzing everything. I even had MORE friends in homeschool than I ever did in school. The only downside to homeschool is that since my perspective has changed, my friends can't catch up with me when I start talking about complex things. I'm ashamed to find so many people against homeschool, especially when I realize that if I were in school, I would have never been interested in learning. And I'm not lying, because I remember that I was so frustrated that I didn't have any interest in learning. Math was my hardest subject. I didn't understand fractions or anything at all. But now, I even jumped a grade in math and it doesn't seem hard anymore. I also realize that sometimes kids and parents always blame teachers for their failures. In fact, kids always come up with things like,"My teacher doesn't explain well the subject". But as for me, most of my learning comes from reading and research. My mother only grades me and gives me a schedule to follow. But instead of falling back, it has taught me something. It is that you can learn anything if you want to. You don't have to depend on others to teach you for you have the infinite material of the universe before you. As for you people who are still not convinced that homeschooling is better, please, ask NOT the people who went to school nor parents of homeschooling children, but instead ask the people who have been in homeschool ESPECIALLY the people that has been in BOTH homeschool and school. I guarantee you that most if not all, will say that homeschool is better. And they will say it because homeschool have taught them to appreciate learning the way school has never taught them.
I'm biased though, because I homeschool. With homeschooling you can pick if you want a religious curriculum or secular. You can pick if you want to emphasize some subjects more than others, have flexibility in your schedule, and can have more one on one teaching time with your kids. As for socialization homeschooled kids can get plenty if a parent really wants them too. My kids get plenty of play dates with other kids (both home and public schooled), are active at church, my son is in karate, my daughter is in ballet (again with both home and public schooled kids). We visit museums on a regular basis where they can play with other kids, we are in several homeschool groups that provide field trips and social gatherings (even dances, prom, graduation, etc.), and a homeschool co-op where they are able to attend 3 classes a week with several other students that covers a variety of subjects.
Are there terrible homeschool stories? Yes! The ones who raise kids to live in fear of the world, are never allowed to be around other kids that are of different races, religions, social circles, etc are sad. And some just seem to let their kids watch Sponge Bob Square Pants all day and not think twice about it. There are also horrible public and private schools out there too.
In the end, I think it's up to what is best for each family.
Kids need more family time in America. They need to feel that their parents love them enough to make this sacrifice for them. My husband and I home school our children and wouldn't have life another way. We enjoy spending time together learning and loving them. We feel they are getting a top education and life experiences they wouldn't otherwise receive.
Homeschoolers can work at their own pace, above or behind others their age. Public schools are run much like prisons these days. I think eventually public schools will be done away with, and learning will happen online. Sending your child to public school is akin to free babysitting for most people I have known throughout my life. I feel it's a cop out so to speak... It had nothing to do with socialization for anyone I have known. Also I did not know a single sixteen year old who would say they looked forward to all the learning they would do in their high school years, they were all ready to get on with it and go to college! My son homeschooled his last year of high school beautifully. If he had the choice earlier he said he would have chosen homeschooling for most of his school years. He felt public school merely trained him to take standardized testing, he felt cheated. For kids who are far ahead or have Learning disabilities I feel homeschool is an excellent choice. I believe it is dependent on parents and their reasons for homeschooling that causes kids to turn into those "weird" homeschooled kids. I believe public school norms hold kids back purposefully until they are ready to separate from their parents homes even though most would be ready to start college learning at a much younger age. Who in the world decided that throwing a group of thirty same age kids together was proper socialization? No one. It just evolved from one room schoolhouses that way, its called herding. People all over the world receive their educations in different ways than just the standard public school way, to me just goes to show what closed minded people are produced in a herded environment.
My mother began teaching me at home for religious reasons when I was in first grade. I learned that black people were a race cursed by God, that animals and humans could reproduce together, scientists claiming anything contradicting the Bible was Satan's work, everyone outside my door had AIDS and would stab me for looking at them funny and the only real way to live past the age of 25 was to stay at home with my mother and avoid any and all contact with the Godless world.
Now, I am no psychologist, but I know enough to realize that 12-year-olds having panic attacks when forced to go anywhere other than home or church is not normal. Nor is it normal to live most of one's teen years inside one's own mind. And it's probably not normal to wash one's hands with bleach after touching anything in public because one's mother has convinced them it is quite possible to contract gonorrhea in this way.
Yes, I learned to read and do math at a ridiculously early age. I was at a college reading level when I was 12. My IQ is 155. I wrote my first book at age 10. I was performing violin solos in front of big audiences when I was 14. I began composing when I was 15.
But to this day, something as simple as a phone call or meeting a stranger is excruciating. I've been taken for stupid, uneducated and rude because I am too frightened to speak in front of people. I work a low-paying job because I cannot deal with the public and I do not know how to market my skills. I have no personal references to give potential employers because I allow no one to get to know me.
I am worlds more socially adjusted than I was as a child, but my mother's teachings have persisted quite well. I'm terrified of people, new experiences and relationships. Yet I am indescribably lonely.
Home schooling made me miserable.
Homeschooling makes Kids dumber. they can't understand as much if they are homeschooled.
People go to school for a reason and you have to become licensed to be a certified teacher and teach in public schools. As a parent you might not have the correct skills to help your child succeed to their full potential, leave it to professionals and stop trying to play super mom.
Many of my church friends were home schooled as young children. As we grew up, I started evolving and becoming out going. My friends fell into a deep hole of uncertainty and oddness. I'm not being mean, however it is true. The same people that were home schooled when we were children are still at home, not going to college and working at McDonalds. Give your child the right path in life, public school.
Absolutely NOT a fan of homeschooling. I was not educated past the 4th grade nor was my sibling educated past the 3rd grade, if that!
It was a way for my family to hide from the world and use religion and homeschooling as a way of shelter. HOMESCHOOLING is ABUSE and I have suffered mentally and physically for the past 19 years from the abuse and scars I suffer til this day. No education and no way to get a fair education leaves you helpless in society!
I was homeschooled all my life. It sucked. I don't know how to keep a scheduled, I don't know how to keep notes, and I was never told to why education was important. My mom learned with me, if she struggled she would tell me to skip it. Now I'm struggling in a community college, I don't know time management... My 4th semester, I can't take on more than 2 classes it seems. It's going to take me a very very long time to finish college. I can't even get a job working with people, I make conversations awkward. I can't answer phones. I only have 2 close friends... I only made friends with other's that didn't have friends... Even people I hated because I was tired of being alone. I was never taught how to take care of myself, when I moved out at 19, living with my grandparents. My friend's parents taught me how to pump gas, deal with finances, and how to manage a bank account... Etc. I'm so behind in life. I'm not going to get on my feet till much later in life. I have no skills. I'm trying to learn and unlearn now. Parents, if you homeschool, you are basically only qualified for 5th grade, after that children learn from teachers than know their subject. So sorry, reality hurts.
Not only does school enhance social development and growth, it gives children so many opportunities to lead down whichever path they are interested in; this is especially evident in high school. Many believe high school is a waste of time learning things you will never use in life; which is incorrect. High school gives you a taste of many different things in the world, things that students may find interesting and want to put further research into or learn more about. Home schooling does not give very many opportunities to try different things, learn different concepts, it doesn't give you the opportunity to see how others learn, which is an important part of life. To learn others body language, is to make it easier to make friends. Find what the student what in a friend. Children cannot be wrapped up in wool forever. If you are that concerned about you child's education, do your research and find school near you that have a good reputation. School is what your child makes it and if you have taught them the value of life and that they only live it once, they will come to enjoy school along with learning.
How can you teach children to be social? Like it or not we live in a social society. The only thing that can teach them how to interact with others is going to school. Everyone has different learning styles, sure, but you can't just say "my kid is different so I'm homeschooling them" that's unfair. Or "public school is evil" there's a lot you can do as a parent to improve a child's school experience.
Dealing with people is as much a part of education as reading or math. One does not get a rounded education in front of a computer or being taught the earth is only 6000 years old. This is a globalized world we must understand other cultures and people if we are to compete globally. The day of American economic hegemony is over not because we are doing anything wrong but other world societies are evolving.
The most obvious difference between a homeschool classroom and a traditional classroom is the lack of students in the homeschool choice. When you decide to teach your kids at home, you should know that even if they have a lot of siblings, they are missing out on gaining important social skills from the school environment.
In a traditional school setting, children interact with peers their own age, which teaches them valuable life skills, such as sharing, making conversation, making friends and compromising. While you can try to teach this at home, it often is not as effective as in the classroom without your help and supervision. With homeschooling, children often do not get the chance to develop a group of friends with whom they can play and relax when school hours are over.
On rare occasion will you find a parent qualified to teach and even then I question their ability to separate themselves from their parental role. No certification, experience, practicum, pedagogical understanding all speaks to having no qualification to be the child's academic educator. Let the teachers do their job and as a parent, play a supportive role. Nothing prevents you from speaking and engaging them in discussions regarding their needs and wants as they mature. Experiencing public schooling is one of the greatest lessons in life.
I believe that a child needs to go to school to be able to socialize. Being at home does not give them that opportunity. Kids are kids and need to make friends. If they don't at a young age, middle and high school will be super hard! I also believe that if they are homeschooled they don't receive the same education as the other kids.
Many people justify homeschool by saying they wish to shelter their kids from bad influences at school. I believe the opposite. The kids will enter the world one day and they need opportunities to practice dealing with the bad elements while they are young. They need to practice good decision making when parents aren't there. Even interaction with other homeschoolers is not enough socialization. I can't teach my kid this stuff, they must learn from others. Also, many parents don't have adequate skills to teach their child at home. I know several homeschool moms who are barely literate and have terrible writing skills. There is no basic requirements of the parent to be allowed to homeschool. There should be. Otherwise, they are continuing the cycle of ignorance and illiteracy.
I believe parents who homeschool their kids are either a) worried their kid will get bullied or b) think they can give a better education than a certified teacher who has gone to college for years to learn this stuff. Either way, homeschooling doesn't give kids real-world knowledge. Lack of friends, social skills, and KNOWLEDGE will eventually screw kids whom are homeschooled over.
If a child has been taught in the home all his life, there is a very large possibility that he will not know how to interact with others. Sure, he knows how to interact with his mother, father and siblings, but his family more than likely does not act like the rest of the population. People act differently. If a person doesn't know how to handle these differences, he will be a loner. There will be no real way he will be able to connect to others and will be forced to go through life struggling to fit in. While the brain is developing in the early years, children are learning quickly. If a child is not allowed to experience different types of people, he will never quite understand how to deal with the many different types of people.
provide a fully rounded school experience for a child? A child needs the socialization and independent coping skills developed in a school setting. They need to learn group cooperation and the importance of being in a group, working with a group and compromising as a group. A large part of schooling is learning to deal with different people and finding ways to work with persons you may find difficult.
I believe homeschooling is bad for the child. It cuts the child off from normal societal socialization that children normally pick up, from a very early age, in school. It also teaches them to be dependent upon their parents, for everything from learning basic mathematical skills, to opinions and beliefs. The child is not introduced to a wide variety of opinions and ideas, but rather kept in a sheltered environment. They are subjected only to the opinions and beliefs of their parents.
Home schooling deprives children from learning skills that are more important Than the knowledges itself suchas, social skills and common sense.
Although I think a child can benefit from homeschooling, I think that there are reasons why it is not beneficial. Attending a school, whether public or private, is more of a structured environment. It teaches more than just history and math. It teaches kids responsibility from an adult other than their parents. This is someone who will hold the child accountable, and not be as lax as the parents might be. It prepares the child for adult life, as school is similar to 9 to 5 jobs. The social aspect is also crucial. Kids learn how to deal with people whom are different than they are, and people who they might not like, but have to learn to tolerate. Kids learn to work as a team in school. Homeschooled kids just simply don't have that. They are mainly exposed to friends, people they like, and people who are similar, which could provide a huge culture shock when they are finally thrown out into the world.
I disagree that homeschooling is beneficial to children. I think that children need to be out of the home environment to learn on their own academically, as well as socially. Being under the thumb of their parents' watchful eye, it does not allow for the child to develop their own opinions, and to work with other people is group settings.
Homeschooled children do not have the regular contact with people they don't know well like the children in regular schools. They would lack much in social skills. Although homeschooled children can get their "customized" education. They would have no driving force and minimum competition, making their education very relaxed. They also do not have any standards and therefore is not suitable for most jobs. How would you like to be an employer and not know wheter your employee learned addition or not?
While the parent may think they are helping better their children's education by homeschooling them, often they cause more damage than help. By preventing daily interaction with other children of their own age, social rules and cues are often underdeveloped or even absent. Children who attend school with other children their own age are better at dealing with criticism, social interaction, feel better about themselves, and have a better chance of getting a job. Strengthening the parent-child bond should not be put before the welfare of the child.
First I believe that to be a productive member of society one must first learn how to interact with other students that are different from them. Homeschooling takes this away by keeping students cut off from people who are more likely to be similar to themselves (e.g. people in their church, or local community). Second many home-schoolers are home schooled for religious reasons. Those people who believe standard education should not include sciences or should be more religiously based. I am fine with parents who believe that, but I believe that students need to decide for themselves and have exposure to ideas they may not believe. Homeschooling prevents this.
I believe that as it is generally practiced, homeschooling is the option of parents who want to prevent their kids from exposure to ideas other than their own. Thus homeschooling limits the opportunity for learning rather than broadens those opportunities. Independent study is a great thing, but it should be an adjunct to public schooling, which serves as a great equalizer.
Homeschooling can, if appropriate done, maximize the learning rate of children, but it will avoid contact with other children of their age, witch is very important, because learning how to behave and expose your ideas among other people is a determinant key for success. So while homeschooling can be good for your child, it can backfiring, making them afraid of contact, because they would have not been appropriately socialized.
In my experience a child that gets home schooled will have less education, and if ever put inside a school will struggle with learning at the same level as others. Children will not socialize as much with other people their age, making it hard for them when they're older. School is preparing you for when you are older and homeschooling won't be able to give you the experiences you need.
i do not think that homeschooling is good for kids in the long run. When they grow up and get older they are going to need those socialization skills. That kids that have gone to school in public or private schools have. For instance when they get a job they are going to know how to interact with other people assertively.
I do not think that homeschooling kids is beneficial. When they grow up kids that have been home schooled their whole life. They will not have the social skills that other kids have had. Like if they get a job somewhere they need to know how to communicate and interact with other people.
to develop self-confidence not only in the house but this can help them learn how to get along with their fellow. IS A MUST
I believe children can learn a lot from being homeschooled, but they miss out on all the socialization that goes along with attending school with their peers. In early childhood, lessons such as getting along with others and learning to share and be nice to people - even when you don't want to be nice - can never be duplicated with homeschooling.
A vital aspect of public school is the socialization it provides with other children. Home schooled kids don't get this benefit, and potentially suffer for it. In addition, public school teachers are qualified to teach, whereas most parents are not. In fact, I believe that parental snobbishness is a main cause of the home school movement in general.
This quote is really famous. It means a child cannot learn from just one environment. They need experience and many folks to help them mature and develop in life. For example, John is not homeschooled and everything he does including his mistakes, he learns from people outside his life. His mom could not teach him World History so he went to a public school where Mr. Foreman taught him World History. Then Mrs. Smith taught him Chemistry and Biology. Apparently, his parents cannot teach him all school subjects because they might not even have the skills necessary for it. Along with that, experiencing the real world is stressing so it really do take a whole full village of people to raise a child. I have a friend named Emily, who was homeschooled her whole life. When she finally went to a public school in eighth grade, she did not know how to respond to her peers and was often quiet. I had to tutor her on her math and english skills. However, she is improving except she still says "Somefin" when it is actually "something". She even spells it like that too. However, I do respect her background. Everyone was raised differently especially those that are homeschooled. Homeschool is great, but it takes the child's opportunities away of achieving great things beyond their surroundings. Many people are so concerned with bad things happening to their children isolating him or her from everyone and from a real true education that will affect his or her future.
Children who are taught at home often miss out on the level of competition, confidence building, and socialization that a school setting instills. Public schools are not easy, but at least students learn how to deal with bullies and cruelty at an early age. Many of the homeschoolers I know try to enter the school setting as teens and cannot handle the bullying. Plus, students who've grown up together view this homeschooled kid as an odd outsider.
Public school helps kids develop a thick shell, giving them more confidence and street smarts. Teachers are more qualified than parents at home. Plus, homeschooling might give parents additional stress from having to meet state requirements, and that adds to pressure and additional problems. I simply do not think it's best to be homeschooled.
My friends are socially awkward when we are around them. They rely only on each other. They don't trust us with anything. They don't ever listen to us when we ever try to talk to them they start to mumble and get aggravated at us. They are mean and extremely rude.
I had a friend who came to High School after being homeschooled her whole life. She was shy and constantly needing assistance and help to keep up with the High School curriculum. Before term 3, she dropped out and decided to return to homeschooling.
Homeschooling really holds back an opportunity for confidence and also can lack true education, my friend was constantly behind and needed help with even the simplest things. Homeschooling is not beneficial, it is simply a holdback for children.
I'm public-schooled. A lot of things seem unfair to me. Though, through the stress, I've learned how to see the bright side of life. Also, when I'm in the real world, I will know how to deal with prejudice and insults. On the other hand, my friend is home-schooled, and it's horrible. He has lied about being a year ahead in science. He can't even name an element! Also, he is behind in math. He has become awfully antisocial, too. I blame his mother. If one has an extremely special talent, is disabled, or travels cross-county, they should be home-schooled. There's many uneducated, inexperienced parents out there who are causing their children to be dull in the head. To me, that's bad.
Although kids learn their major subjects in home school, they don't gain the social skills they need in real life. Both home school and cyber school are too antisocial. In public school, you are able to socialize with friends. Also, in public school, there are bullies, which can help kids learn that there will always be mean people in life. I believe that in MOST situations, public school is the BEST choice for kids and teens. I do believe that home school is okay for kids and teens with serious medical conditions that may pose a threat to the public school environment.
Homeschooling often (though not always) severely deprives children of social growth. Children need to be able to branch out, meet new people, and build bonds with other kids. My current neighbors' children are homeschooled, and they lack simple social skills, such as respecting privacy of others and realizing the social boundaries between family and acquaintances. This will most likely negatively affect these individuals as they search for friends, spouses, and careers in their future.
From someone who was homeschooled up until 7th grade then moved to Tennessee and joined a public school, I'm gonna say in 90% of cases, homeschooling is not a good idea. When I first got to public school, I was extremely socially awkward, because I was homeschooled my whole life. I just recently graduated and I can guarantee I am much more successful than I would've been had I been homeschooled, I have a good job, am a certified drafter, and am going to a large university where I am going to be living, if I was homeschooled, I wouldn't have been brave enough to live at a university with nearly 30000 other people, being so far away from home, in fact, I probably wouldn't have gone to college straight out of high school, and just ended up going to a community college. I also made great friends in high school (don't think they won't be my friends in a few months, cause the graduated a year before me and we're still great friends)
To summarize: with homeschooling, you may be able to spend all day with your child, and they may have one teacher focused completely on them, instead of them and a bunch of other students, but it will be much more difficult for them to function in the real world, where they will have to be much very social and won't be around their parents
Somewhat exception to the rule: IF your child has a very active social life and partakes in activities such as sports, rodeo (someone I know does this and is homeschooled and maintains a very active social life) then I could understand homeschooling, but other than that, you may be setting your child up to fail in the real world
*** if your worried about gangs and drug use and those kinds of things, move to a small town, while there still is some drug use and stuff, it's a whole lot less than a large city
I was homeschooled all of my life. My parents had a fear of sending me to public school. They were very religious and traditional. Instead of being part of a sports team in junior high and high school, I was part of a band and in the 4-H Club. I was a nerd. I read books most of my days at home. Homeschool has definitely made an impact on my English and grammar skills. The only downside would have to be my lack of common knowledge. Some things don't click as easily as they would for others. For eighteen years of my life, I was not exposed to the outside world. For fun, I went to a youth group gathering at my church but that was about it. There is nothing worse than feeling left you amongst your peers. People often say that who I am makes a lot more sense to them when I explain that I was homeschooled for all of my life. Gong to college was a complete culture shock for me. I went crazy in college. So if parents are trying to protect their children, then I would advise to just be a good example and let your child go through there life like a normal human being. Homeschooling them will not protect them. If anything, it will make matters worse. Teens go through a rebellion stage no matter what. At some point in their lives, they finally realize who they are. I also ave terrible public speaking skills. I was fine up until I lived on my own. I am terrified of even speaking in front of my supervisors. It's something that I will never grow out of. It will take years of practice for me to knock out those initial nerves before public speaking again.
While it's true, homeschooling may (it's a BIG may) give a child (or children depending on how many are in the home) more "one-on-one" intensive learning, theoretically, in any case, the amount of training that a most parents who decide to undertake this ambitious endeavor is meager if it exists at all. Teachers, professional teachers or teaching assistants are at the least, guaranteed to be trained to educate. It cannot be regulated nor are there requirements for regulating training, or a consistently prevalent body for the parent teaching the child/children to be accountable to. Teacher's are under strict guidelines and scrutiny and I for 1 feel more comfortable knowing the adults of the future in general, will have a strong concept of socially acceptable behaviour since most are not home schooled. While public school may have it's flaws, it evolves with the changing need of society because of regulating bodies composed of teachers, leaders and parents alike. Home schools are unpredictable and with the level of integration there is in Western life, it's better for the whole and for the home schooled children not to miss out on some of the inbuilt social education school's serve to provide.
Who wants to stay at home and no go to a REAL school and interact with other kids YOUR age who you've gone to school with since you were five every day? Who wouldn't want to ACTUALLY graduate with he same kids you've grown up with for the past 12 years. Who wouldn't want to go to prom or the winter formal? Who wouldn't want to participate in homecoming week? Who wants to be taught by their parents everyday for 12 years? All the home schoolers I've met are weird or who get exposed to the real world turn into bad kids because they finally get to experience the real world and meet new people. Who wouldn't want to attend a real school and join a real team for a real spor that everyone roots for? You can earn a full time scholorship.
There is only so much u can learn at home especially if your tutors / parents r not qualified enough. Also if the children do not go to a school they could become shy in other children's company any this may then obstruct them from working well in team-based jobs and settling down with someone.
Yes, yes I know every one always makes this same argument. I just wanted to say that because if you're home schooled, you won't be able to work on group projects, you won't hear other students' opinions, etc. However, home schooling is still an option and I have nothing against it.
Kids should be able to go and meet people not stuck at home because there boring mothers are teaching them. Also i think that kids should have fun learning and meet up with friends at school or go and play for their school but they cant if they are stuck at home.
Sure, some kids do well with homeschooling; I've even met a couple. The problem is there are so many others who don't. The parents need to put their child's needs ahead of their own and many don't. I know 12 homeschoolers, from different families, who couldn't even read in 6th grade! Not to mention the countless others who weren't educated up to a 5th grade level by high school. They even "graduated" high school with a 5th grade education level! I realize this may be because of the small town, farmer community I live in, but there's still a problem with this. Many of their parents even laugh and make jokes about how stupid their child is or how far behind their child is!
All (except two) the homeschoolers I know are definitely socially awkward. That's a fact, and the two who weren't couldn't stand up to peer pressure at all! The homeschoolers can't even talk to people they don't know, and they still have trouble talking to the ones they do know. They have lots of trouble talking and interacting with normal kids their own age, too. Many of the ones who their parents "socialize" are only kept around other homeschoolers through homeschooling club, church activities, community service projects, etc. This doesn't help them at all socially because they're just kept around people of their own weird kind.
Kids in public school aren't anywhere close to as bad as most homeschoolers claim. It would be better if they actually saw what really goes on in public school (sorry). As for kids being beat up, I suppose it could happen in the cities but not where I'm from.
Parents can still be involved with their child's education in public school if they choose. This may be more time-consuming, but it's better for their child overall.
Sorry to everyone who disagrees, but this is the truth.
It's too often used to inculcate mythical religious values; thus the students suffer the injustices of being deliberately ill-prepared for a future life in a secular world. It's just an intellectual version of "faith deaths", where the kids' educations are "killed" just to prove the parents' piety. Misinformed, deliberately or otherwise, these students face huge handicaps later in life trying to reconcile the myths of religion with the facts of reality.
I have met 2 friends of mine which are home schooled, they suffered from sexual and child abuse due to the limited studies of basic knowledge like sex education, when to say NO and how to say NO. They are not taught where to touch and where not to touch. During their years of working, they suffered from socializing with their boss and mangers, because of their anti social during their school days.
Sometimes I think it is about what the parent needs and not the child. I have seen parents that are overwhelmed with all of the other tasks he/she needs to get done and is just putting a worksheet or an art project in front of the child to keep them busy. That is not teaching. I also hope that every home school parent is truly teaching all subjects, not just the ones that come easy to them. Being a parent is a ton of work, so letting the public schools do their job, gives a parent time to support their children at home, but not be the only educator in their child's life.
I've been homeschooled off and on my whole life. I feel though it may be good for self disciplined students, but if the student finds it hard to keep up or pay attention due to a learning disability such as ADHD, ADD, etc. the student will definitely feel lost, confused and overwhelmed. I'm 18, still in school, with no job. I blame homeschool. I didn't have to go into society as much and therefore because the lack of immersion into the young adult world I didn't have the self esteem nor the courage to even go into a store by myself. Kids need to be left alone with other people in the world to a certain extent. I was never left alone as a child except when I was doing my school work. My mom had work from 8-4 that period of complete silence made my depression as a kid worse and had many suicide attempts. I have chronic depression and social anxiety. I highly do NOT recommend homeschool as it has a big part in who I am.
Home schooling is one of the most unfair things we are legally allowed to do to our children in this society. I was home schooled from second grade onward and the social and emotional effects are still being dealt with today, and I'm 29. Yes I can spell and do math and interact normally. I can be successful in school and my social life, when i want to, but I never stop feeling like I'm different. Different in the worst of ways. Not everyone chooses to homeschool their children does so in as isolating a way as my mother did, but every other homeschooler I've spoken to about this feels the same. You grow up feeling like you missed something, and in fact you do miss things when you are separated and isolated like a weirdo when you are a child. Its a fact that you are being sent a very clear message when you are alone with your siblings when other kids are going to school. "You are different and you are going to be treated differently" Message received. I've never shaken the feeling. Its not that being sent to school is better overall all the time, for every kid, but not being sent to school is isolating, especially in addition to isolating religious beliefs being forced on you...With no recourse, no friends to compare yourself to, no friends to bolster your own sense of things, no friends to even borrow some beliefs from. Homeschooling is isolating, and emotionally and socially isolating a human being who has no choice in the matter is abuse.