Home Schooling

@sunshine4 (8709)
United States
March 21, 2007 7:44am CST
Do you feel that children get a better eduaction if home schooled? I have a hard enough time getting my kids to listen to me, I don't think I could ever home school them. I have a lot of respect for those parents who do. Do you think that home school kids are missing out on the socializing and activities provided in schools?
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• Canada
21 Mar 07
I think kids who are home schooled probably do come out stronger in terms of intelligence when their schooling is done. They likely are smarter, but I don't think they have a better education. Part of the school experience is making friends, learning to interact and problem solving. Some of which by force has to be done on their own. Kids who are home schooled don't get as much of that interaction, even if they do learn at a pace in each subject that is best for them.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I don't see how home school kids can come out smarter. My kids come home with homework that I can't understand ( and I have a masters degree). If I had to teach my kids, there would be no hope for them.
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@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I say congratulations to the parents out there who have the time and ability to home school their children properly. That being said, I would never do it myself. Inspite of some statistics saying that home schooled children making great leaders etc. I couldn't do it. Nor would I want to. The public schools are there for children to learn to interact and work WITH others not OVER them.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I agree to a point, but we need good leaders, and even public schools have leaders and followers. A good leader will inspire and encourage his people (employess, students, whoever...) to do their best and reach their potential.
• United States
23 Mar 07
I was homeschooled except for 3 years I lived with my grandparents from 6th-9th grade. I also homeschool my children (currently 7,3,& 2). The 2 year old we don't do much with currently. So, I have to say, yes I feel children get a better education if they are homeschooled. In most places there are homeschool organizations to provide extracurricular activites similar to what is provided socially in the public schools. My daughter has friends at church and friends we see during the week. I don't feel that she is missing out on anything socially by being homeschooled, to the contrary I feel that she has a broader social range as she is used to interacting with all ages, not just her peers. I don't know that I'd say homeschooling makes children smarter, but I would say it gives them the chance to excel to the best of their ability, something most of them wouldn't have in public school.
@kaazzaam (133)
• India
21 Mar 07
i have studied in a boarding school. & i am very much sure that the discipline which we were used to 24 hrs a day. that we can't strict to when at house. the whole personality builds up. this doesn't mean we don't use to enjoy. we use to have a lot of fun as all the time among the friend. we really dream bout future.we plan our expenditure as limited pocket money for limited period. hostel life is really a must thing that help in character building.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I think home schooling works for some families but it's not for everybody. There is a program in our area for homeschooled kids that takes them in groups to zoos, museums, and other types of field trips like public schools go to, and they have phys ed type activities too. If I were starting my family now (my kids are all adults) I would seriously consider home schooling. It would probably work better with children who are home schooled from the start than taken out of public school. Although I did home school my son for a few months when he was expelled near the end of his freshman year. He was very good about doing his work. It apparently wasn't the school work but the school environment he had trouble with. He wasn't making trouble, just skipping school. He did finally get his GED and is doing well now.