Have you heard of home schooling
United Arab Emirates
April 21, 2007 3:04am CST
I have heard for long time about this : http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Homeschooling What's your opinion. I think that parents are not sufficiently equiped with time and skills needed to replace School all togather. . .
21 Apr 07
I am a parent and a teacher. I had the skills needed to teach my son from the age of 3 until 11. But I didn't have the time. By sending him to school they provided most of the materials and books for his lessons. He had the advantage of being with other children of his age. Now my son is 12 years old I don't think I would have the knowledge to teach every subject that he does at school. I would be able to teach him English, History and Geography. He is talented and better at Art and Design Technology than me. So he might teach me these subjects! However he would suffer with me teaching him Maths, Science and PE (Sport). I know two girls that have home schooling. Their parents let the older girl go to school for one term and then took her out of school. They live in the UK but are close to Northern France. They take the girs on day trips to Calais to speak French. They do lots of cookery. They seem motivated to learn reading and writing. But I guess not every child would be. Nor would every parent have the skills and time needed. When I was in Western Australia I visited the School of the Air. It educates children through radio and computer networks. The teachers visit the children a few times a year. Mostly the children live in the outback where there are not any schools. A teacher was talking over the radio about the issue of saving water. I think sort of thing is very relevent to people living in the dry outback.
• United States
22 Apr 07
I think many parents are capable of handling their childrens education more than the public school system. I wish my mother didn't have to work so she could have homeschooled me. I went to public school, there were 30+ kids to one teacher, no funding for a library, we had to share books, heck I could write a big book on things that are wrong with some public schools. Particularly if you live in a poor neighborhood. My friend was homeschooled. She is a very smart woman because of this, her and her sisters got full-ride scholarships and have graduated college and are making tons of money. Many people worry about homeschooled children not being socialized, but they were able to participate in after school activities, they both did soccer and theatre. We're not sure if we'll homeschool our son, we'll weigh our options when the time comes.
• United States
21 Apr 07
There are a number of children in this country that have been Home Schooled succesfully .You must keep in mind that when you submit to schooling your children they are tested and monitored by the educational system .So if you aren't doing well at it you'd have to send them to a proper school system public or private. Just as important as the educational aspect would be my concern with the social aspect of not being able to interact with your children's peers and whether or not it may have a psychological effect as they mature.