will you home school your kid/s? why? why not?

@jairgirl (2877)
United States
March 26, 2008 12:18am CST
im not yet a parent but we do discuss and plan stuff we would like our kid to have or how to raise them. my hubby just read me an article that if you will have a baby now, it will cost you $269,000 from birth till 18yo no college and other extras on it yet, just mainly raising the kid. that's how expensive it is to have a kid now. so i told him that i have noticed that pre-schools anywhere in the world is way too expensive, i dont understand it coz it is like you sending your baby to college school and to me it doesnt make sense. so we agreed that we will just home school our kid and if they prefer to go to a real school then that's the time we will. i just cant imagine spending that much money when i can save it for their college or something that they might need in the future. i am not judging the education system but i often talk to kid who goes to special schools (very very expensive school) and i dont see no difference from students who have their studies at home. i think if a parent knows how to properly manage her time with the kid, then the kid will be able to learn the same as the kid the one from school or maybe more. depends on how you teach the kid. nowadays you will find great software that you can use to help you teach your kid, you dont even have to have a degree of being a teacher to be able to do so. i have a degree of teaching (partly) and i have experienced teaching kids and grown up and i do love it. anyway, i know this busy world seems to hinder such thought of mine. im lucky at the moment i am just a plain housewife and we both agree that i will be a home mom and i am not complaining coz that's my greatest dream. what's your view about this? do you home school your kid/s? if you can pick one? what will you pick? do you think home school is good? why and why not? appreciate your views! takecare
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@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I find that most schools don't provide the best possible education. Many kids are bored and many are left behind because most schools are geared to the group in the middle. Not to say that homeschooling is perfect either, but sometimes that is the only way, especially if there are behavioral problems. I think that a child should have some time with other kids to develop the social aspect, but if there is an exceptional learner, they should not be held back and a slow learner shouldn't slow everyone else down. I don't have kids, but I do know that it is not good for kids to have to 'keep up with the Jones'. Everyone is an individual and learns in their own way and homeschooling is the only way to cater to that in my opinion.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
26 Mar 08
glad to know that it is just not me who think there is a flaw in our education system now. i totally agree with you that most class will either pull your kid up or worst - down! my husband and i are both into doing volunteer stuff and we both want that our kids be part of it too, we feel it will help the kid be more responsible and caring about life all in all. if we do home school our kid we will make sure that there is some stuff that will make them active and mingle with kids and adults too. i have read on a book of leo buscaglia that the problem with school is that they dont let that individual grow but instead dictate them how to grow and it is not healthy (something like that, haha) anyway, it means a lot to me to hear a point of view from a teacher like you. thank you so much! takecare
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@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
27 Mar 08
I have heard that many schools now require students to perform 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. I think that would be helpful in helping the student to know how to be a productive member of the community.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
28 Mar 08
i heard that somewhere, i think here in the local news in raleigh but not sure as i remember seeing that in the daily show as well. i think it will be great to do that coz it will help them in so many ways, maybe becomes responsible too coz they can see what a real world is beside what they have. i also like the idea of most european country where students get paid based on their performance at school. i think it is very helpful coz it helps them to focus and be more motivated at school, let's face it money can help them buy whatever they want. my sister lives in finland and gets at least 300euro/mo at school. she have paid transportation and other great stuff. i dont see that here, i see often a lot of kid with great potential not being at school. i also dont like that lately a lot of hate crimes and issues arises at school and it seems to be a hub for kids to PICK to another student because of color or ethnicity. thats another thing that concerns me so i am more leaning towards home school and just let them be part of community service or other volunteering job out there. we both enjoy it so im sure we will like it much more when we do it with our kid too. anyway, i hope you have a wonderful weekends out there. i'll be very busy with mine coz his dad will be staying till thursday and we have to help him out. takecare and goodnight!
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• United States
28 Mar 08
If I were married and had kids, I would be teaching the abc's and math way before kindergarden age.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
29 Mar 08
hello! that's very important to teach i think in the very beginning coz their mind is very open and can grasp as much knowledge they can during that stage. i think if you will make different subject enjoyable to your kid it will not be like learning to them but mostly a fun game and still helping them to be knowledgeable and prepare them for their future whether you want to home school them or to send them at school. anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. takecare!