What do you think about homeschooling?

@kaysue4 (951)
United States
March 11, 2008 5:31pm CST
I seen that a court in California said that homeschooling should not be done. I disagree with the ruling of the court. I was able to homeschool my boys for a short time when they were younger and that was the best time in our lives. We enjoyed being with each other and learning. I was sad to place them in public school, but I had to go to work full time and just could not continue schooling them due to not enough time. I was thinking about homeschooling my youngest again since I am home due to health reasons. So, what are your thoughts on homeschooling?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
11 Mar 08
Hi kaysue4, homeschooling is probably okay for younger children, But I really believe that they need to be with others of their own age. It is certainly good for families to spend time together too, in fact it is very important. I think some people try to protect their children from what's happening in society, but it really can't be done. We all need to work together to create a better society. Blessings.
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• India
12 Mar 08
As you pointed out homeschooling is okay for younger children , i feel it is left upto their own families to decide . Surely a parent knows whats best for their children . There must be no out right ban . with regards www.chocolatesavy.com
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
When I homeschooled my boys, they still had friends their own age and would spend the night at their houses also. We did try to get together with other homeschoolers, but they thought that they were better than other people and so I didn't meet with them ever again. There were programs like a recycle art contest that they also enjoyed.
• United States
11 Mar 08
I think homeschooling is a wonderful thing. I don't believe any state court should have the right to say it shouldn't be done. If we want to school our children, we should be allowed to. Homeschooling has come a long way in recent years. Many places have groups that get together to socialize the children, of any age. Combine that with the individual attention that we can give to our children (as opposed to a teacher with a class of 30 and 40 minutes to teach), and I feel that homeschooling has the potential to create well balanced, intelligent children. I haven't decided if I'm going to home school my child. (He's only 7 months, so I have some time to decide.) However, the more I hear about school shootings and general violence, lack of quality teachers, over crowded classrooms, and all that, I'm certainly leaning that way...
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
But you are "schooling" him now. You are teaching him how to enjoy life, smile, cuddle, reading to him, teaching him how to talk, all involves teaching him. But, you do have time to decide on the education that he will recieve. Good luck to you.
• United States
12 Mar 08
Very true. I do all of that with him, and so much more. We have a farm, so he's also learning about the animals he lives with everyday. Each day, he gets some time to play with our dogs and cats, on nice days we go outside so he can watch the horses, chickens, and geese. We have music playing all the time. My husband takes him into the woods to explore. I do think I'll be home schooling him because, from what I've heard, my state has a pretty good program in place for parents that want to. There are, as I said above, groups that get together as part of a regular education process to socialize their kids. We also have friends with kids around his age and a little older. He won't want for friends, that's for sure. I do question the quality of our schools here though. When we moved here a couple of years ago, each community had access to small schools. In our county, we had something like 6 or 7 schools, which is a lot considering the population level. However, they recently built one school and closed all the others. Now the kids are herded through their classes like cattle and individual attention has suffered and is almost non existent. I will, of course, reevaluate the school system when it's closer to the time for my son to go. When he's older, if he decides he wants to go to school, I'll let him, but I'll be sure to supplement his education to be sure he's learning as much as possible.
@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
12 Mar 08
There are a lot of good responses here. Honestly, homeschooling can be good or bad. I think homeschooling is more beneficial to high schoolers. I was homeschooled part of elementry school and part of high school. I hated it when I was in elementry school, but in high school it was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. I could work as quickly or as slowly as I wanted, I didn't have to wake up super early, and the very best part was that I didn't have to deal with the high school drama and fuss. The program my district had in place allowed us to take two classes at the local high school as well, and so I got things like shop, and art. I did two years of high school in one, which was a good thing because I got pregnant my senior year and couldn't get much done due to health problems. Homeschool is a GREAT option.
• United States
11 Mar 08
If the parent can teach the child as well as a teacher. And have some knowledge of the teaching techniques. I find it's a great thing to be done. I am all for spending time with my daughter. I enjoy the time I spend with my daughter. But I choose to leave the schools to do the teaching. The social aspect of it all is also a learning lesson. No matter how much I would want to teach her at home. I could never give her what a well schooled teacher could.
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@aims179 (25)
• United States
12 Mar 08
i wouldn't use it for middle schoolers or high schoolers because i have a friend that was taken out of because she hung around with the wrong crowd in middle school and she hasn't learned anything like the kids that are actually in school, especially when she got to go on her own time when it should've been a set time. but now that she doesnt have the kind of education that she could have she cant get a good job.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Well, I think there is a difference between parents that want to homeschool and then those that are almost forced to do homeschooling of thier children.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I wonder what the court case was about? I think homeschooling can be good for some people. I know several people that have chosen to do that with their kids. A lot of people argue that home schooled children won't get enough socialization, but I've seen that isn't true. Most homeschooled kids have plenty of friends. Homeschool families have groups sometimes where they organize field trips and other networks. This kids also participate in non-school activities such as sports etc. Personally, I don't homeschool my own children. My temperment and theres just doesn't make for a good homeschooling match. I'm not patient enough and they have their personality traits that would just prove to me more than I could handle trying to teach them school work. But I do respect those who choose to homeschool their children.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I agree that homeschooling is not for all children. As for the reason, there was a family in CA and the oldest child accussed the father of some form of abuse and then it was taken to court over homeschooling and the court stated that ALL children should be in public schools so the teachers can stop abuse. But, what about all of the abuse that has happened in public schools themselves. Very, very few homeschooled children are actually abused. Here is the court ruling link: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinion/documents/B192878.PDF I hope that helps.
@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
12 Mar 08
I was "homeschooled" till I was 7 or 8. My mother was a qualified infant/junior teacher and also taught the children of a few friends. When I progressed to a 'real' school (which was a private school, noted for its academic quality), I was not only a year ahead of my age but I had some trouble adjusting to the rather different discipline and my work suffered a good deal. I don't say that homeschooling is a bad thing, however. It is, I believe, right for some children but not for all. There are many factors which would decide whether a particular child should be educated at home or not. 'Sensitivity' should not be one of the main ones! I am a firm believer in the fact that children need to learn early how not to be hurt by others and how to adjust their self-valuation in the light of what others think of them. If this does not happen, they are less likely to be able to cope with life in the wild, bad world. I don't know the details of the story you mention. I can only hope that the ruling applied to a specific case where, perhaps, it was felt that the parents were not giving their children a good or balanced education. I agree with you that, in principle, homeschooling should be allowed but, at the same time, believe that the education provided should be monitored at least as well as public education is monitored. There should be no excuse for parents to provide their children with substandard education simply because they disagree with some of the aspects of education provided by state schools. Teaching is a very skilled and highly trained profession and many parents who aspire to homeschool their children, despite their protestations to the contrary, may not be giving them the balanced education that they deserve.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
The children in the news, well the oldest one, had accussed thier dad of abuse of some sort and so the courts are saying that children should be in school so they can be monitored for abuse. ALL homeschooled children, not just the one family. Now, I know that there are a very, very few families that this must apply to out of all of the homeschooling families involved and have a great and loving time with thier children.
@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
I am a primary school teacher and a parent. I would not wish to home school my own children but think home schooling can work well in many situations. I visited the School of the Air in Western Australia. It offers education to children that live too far from their nearest school. They do lessons over radio or Internet connection. Before I moved I knew an English lady with two daughters and one of them joined a school at 4 years of age. Her parents thought it didn't suit her so her mum began home schooling both her children. She taught them to speak French and often took them to France on day trips. She taught them to cook food and play musical instruments. She got to read and write to a high standard. She let them play number games and they grew up to really like Maths. She didn't have enough sport's equipment or knowledge about Science. I think that for health reasons home schooling could be good in your case. Good luck.
• United States
12 Mar 08
I think its okay if the parent is educated enough to handle teaching. I also think its good for kids to get out and interact with other kids and adults. In the end its whats best for you and your little ones.
@kristy27 (14)
12 Mar 08
I live in Australia and a lot of the home schooling takes place with children in the bush that cant get to a school facillity,and some are for religious reasons. I see no problem with home schooling if you have the quallification to do that as long as it's not just a dependency to your that you are forfilling. I belive that children need to interact with others for their social skills and learning the ways of the world, there is no lesson like life expeeriance. My uncle home schooled all 5 of his daughters and by the time he dicided to send them to a school and his oldest to go and get a job they didn't know how to interact or approach people. All he wanted was to protect his children from bullies and all the corruption in the world he messed up and they had to take it all on at once and it was very overwhelming for them. by all means home schooling is great and I would love to do that with my children but I would take them to places like play groups and enroll them into sport to have the social aspect that they need. good luck with whatever you decide.
@2btrueinu (703)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
In my country it was still allow as to do homeschooling they are open to that because there are situation that cannot be avoided like for example the sick person who want to continue there studies, some are in show business lack of time so they do home schooling also. Many thing to consider the government must allow this for the sake of many that does have time or were not able to go to a real school for their own good reason. Home schooling is agreeable for me if I have a chance I might be doing it also to my child for my very own valid reason also. So what they reason of abolishing it in California? did you know why
• India
12 Mar 08
i think it s awesome.. :)
@reejane (294)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
I have nothing against homeschooling. A lot of showbiz personalities here in Manila do homeschooling since they have a busy schedule with all the tapings, shows, TV guestings, etc. but still they want to have an education and this is their best option.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
12 Mar 08
There is a time an place for home schooling. Since many public schools in America provide less than quality education, parents should be allowed to provide better for their children. If there is the chance for children to attend activities with other children then there is no reason it should not occur. As long as the necessary information is provided, it should be permitted.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
12 Mar 08
while some people had some good points as to why there should be homeschooling, I think that children need to learn to interact with other children on a daily basis. I dont think you can learn how to deal with daily people problems sitting at home. on the other hand I do think that maby by the time they reach high school and seeing how things are going in those areas maby high school homeschooling is a good idea.