Homeschooling. pros and cons

United States
February 22, 2010 1:32pm CST
I'm interested in the homeschooling program, but I've heard that there are many restrictions and down sides. When a child has outside socialization is it better for the child to get specific attention, or does the parent/teacher boundary get crossed and instill resentment? Any info would be great thanks!
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Feb 10
In nearly every, if not every state, by LAW a home schooled child still has access to everything the public school in the area offers, up to and including, classes, clubs, functions, etc. so socialization does not have to be a problem. In addition most communities have home schooling groups you can get in touch with and work with. Often these groups plan trips, group classes and activities and provide great support. Honestly, if you can home school, DO IT. The public education system has become nothing more than a supermarket of social services and propaganda. They don't teach kids anymore, they indoctrinate them. If you home shcool, as long as you offer the basic state requirements, you can teach them additional important things the schools don't teach anymore, like constitutional importance, unfiltered history, religion, etc.
• United States
22 Feb 10
So very right about the system
@denagary (88)
• United States
26 Feb 10
I am considering home schooling my two boys, ages 4 and 2. I am finding a great deal of information on the web and am lucky enough to have a couple of secular home school groups here in the Tucson area. I think the advantages strongly out weigh the weaknesses. The hardest thing I am facing is choosing a cirriculum and socialization. The groups in my area have weekly outings and monthly field trips. As well, I plan to have my boys join the boy scouts. So I think I will be okay on the socialization part. Choosing a course of study is coming along, there is just so much to read. I think any mom owes it to their kids to at least research the possibly of home schooling. If you decide against it, then pay special attention to your child's studies and progress in public school. Good Luck to you.
• United States
22 Feb 10
I have been home schooling for over a year now and both myself and my girls love it. We use a cyber schooling system,(check out our curriculum at K12.com) that is regulated differently in each state. Education regulations vary by state (the website above will show you the cyber schools in your state) so restrictions can be very different. In PA we are much less strict with daily times (when we do certain classes is up to us) but much more restrictive on attendance by the day. We do dance classes, baseball, Girl Scouts and Sunday school, my girls feel no resent for not being in a social situation everyday for hours at a time. We have no bullying (student or teacher), anxiety over tests (we had major issues before) or set times to finish, very important. See I have one kid who can do math in no time at all and another who takes a very long time to do it. We are capable of giving her that extra time to fully understand what she is doing. We are not over scheduled in a way that we can't push say spelling back a half hour so that this "1" kid can get her fractions down. In public school a teacher cannot stop for just "1" kid. We left public school because it was failing our kids. We are more confident with the cyber school as well as our girls are more confident in what they have learned. Please if you have any questions feel free to ask.