Homeschooling

United States
July 7, 2007 10:27pm CST
I often wonder what would prompt a parent to homeschool their child/children. If one has the skills to be a teacher, why not pursue that as a career and share their gift? In this day and age we could definitely use some good teachers. It can't be about the money, cause if they are staying home to teach their children then they probably are able to get by on their spouses income or some other source of money. If they don't want to be a teacher or feel the schools are not good enough for their children, why not be a parent volunteer and help improve the quality of the schools. Another thing that really concerns me is what quality of education is the child getting? In my job I have encountered many people who home school. Often they have not even completed high school themselves, their spelling and grammar is atrocious. Their handwriting is nealy illegible. How can they possibly be qualified to teach their own children when it is obvious they don't even have the basics down themselves?
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• United States
8 Jul 07
Haaa at the last part,but i am sure people home school due to not liking the school or a parent might be afraid as well as dislike the schools atmosphere. Also i see home schooling as a way of controlling what your child learns and is subjected to. I like to send the kids off to school, well i send my sisters kids. Kids are bad and hard at times and even if the parent was smart, i wouldnt really be able to deal with other bad kids all the time. Its hard with kids because the heart grows fond of some of them and sometimes some kids experience things they shouldnt have to. Is anyone really ready and always able to deal with it? But hopefully anyone who is homeschooled and has bad handwriting as well as grammar skills would want to further there education and pick up some courses later on in life or asap! hahaa.
• United States
8 Jul 07
nooooooooooo
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
8 Jul 07
I might homeschool my children. Presently, I am a tutor. My husband and I both went to good universities, and I would probably make a good teacher. The thing is, I don't want to be a teacher. It's easier and more satisfying to teach one child at a time, and to know that after my session with them is over, they understand what I taught them. Or if they don't, I can work on it with them later.
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I think that strides are being made to ensure that the children that are homescholed are continuing to meet the requirements of the public schools...in many states there are acedemic tests that are required to show a base line of education... When my 3 grown children were teenagers...i pulled them out of the public school in our neighborhood...after spending 1 year on the PTA and very active...with little response from the school...I homeschooled them for a year and a half THEN we were able to move and they opted for public school again...I was trying to protect them as the school, in my opinion, did not....I never have regretted this and would do it again if the need arises with my 5 yr. old....
@sid556 (31002)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I know some parents that devoted themselves to homeschool simply because they did not like all that went on in public schools. They devoted much time and effort into teaching academics as well as providing their children with a balanced social life and extra curricular. It appeared to be very time consuming and an awful lot of work but their children excelled far beyond what the public schools taught. I actually only know 2 familys this successful with homeschooling. Far too often the children are protected from life and the parent really does not have the skills or the time to teach more than the basics. There is an awful lot to know to just teach one subject matter. I truthfully can not imagine teaching my child well in all areas. The standards of you is capable to home school are very low. I have a friend that home schooled her daughter. She herself dropped out of school at age 16. Her reasons for homeschooling were to avoid the hassles of dealing with the school system that was getting after her for her daughter missing so much school. This lady worked during the day and her daughter slept and laid in the sun and played on the computer. Her daughter dropped out of homeschooling at age 16 with no more than an incomplete 8th grade education.
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@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
8 Jul 07
i know where your coming from, i have a few friends that have been home schooled, but it was mainly because there parents had babies after them and they had to stay home for them, but these people i know were also ahead of people in the same year as us including me lol. one of mine friends was getting 100 % on just about everything when most of us was getting 90 % or lower. their mother has now put her career up as a teacher at a school and i think that was really good of her as she has the gift for it. (except i think she might be having another baby)
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@paychecks (104)
• United States
9 Jul 07
I do not think homeschooling is a good option for most children. I personally would not ever even entertain the thought of homeschooling my daughter unless the circumstances called for it. I think children who are home schooled lack many social skills that are required to succeed in the world today.
@takkea (394)
• United States
9 Jul 07
In answering the question it is critical for us to realize that education is not the only necessity for people in life. It is important to have street smarts and the fact that many people who are successful in life are uneducation is a good example of this. I think that home schooling is a good thing in some ways because it limits the childs' exposure to negative forces.
• United States
9 Jul 07
because that parent wont be in every class to make sure the child is being taught the correct curiculum
• United States
8 Jul 07
I homeschool my child because she was too distracted in public schools. She has ADD, but all the medications we have tried have horrible side effects with her. She would focus on her friends in regular school, and nothing would get done. She was so disorganized that she would do her homework, but it never got turned in. Her behavior was awful, and she was going to end up dropping out. I pulled her out of public school, and now she does all her schooling at home. We are lucky here in Ohio, there is a program called ECOT, which is part of the public school system. They provide ALL the learning materials online. They give the child a computer and pay for your internet access. It is just like going to an online college or career class. She gets graded on her work, takes all the typical high school subjects, but it is all done right in our family room where I can keep an eye on her. She has gone from failing in school AND life, to making responsible choices and good grades. She has a new group of friends, who I actually approve of. She has done so well in school that she is now going to graduate a semester early! She turned 17 this month, and will be graduating in December. Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but it certainly worked for us. On the other hand, even though I went to college and majored in English Education, I don't feel qualified to teach her myself, since I didn't finish. If we didn't have the ECOT program here, I would never have homeschooled, and I think that families who homeschool without the proper education themselves are just doing their children a disservice.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Jul 07
I'm sure the reasons are as varied as the parents who do it. I was one of them myself. My middle daughter was homeschooled for a few years until I could no longer afford it. the main reason though I would say is the decline in values and the arrogence of many school boards. If you want a GLARING example of why many people are home schooling thir kids, here is a good one. take a look at this post: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1188092.aspx