Home school for children.

United States
January 26, 2009 11:08pm CST
What do you guys think? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? With everything thats going on and wrong with the world today I am really considering yanking my kids out of public school and either teaching them from home or trying private school. I am leaning toward Home school because private schools around here can be really expensive. I was just curious to know what you guys thought about home schools? what are the advantages and disadvantages of public schools or Home school?
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• Chennai, India
27 Jan 09
I agree and disagree with this idea. I agree because we may be able to bring the child up the way we want or at least we can ensure their safety. I am worried when I hear some weird behaviors of the teachers themselves in some schools. (So far I didn't hear anything about my son's school though) We don't know what's happening in the school and how children are treated. It's really concerning me. I disagree because I think children will become very reserved if we encourage this. Today or another day, they have to face the world outside. Schools help somewhat in this aspect. Particularly in my country, we have to face lot of people and lot of problems everyday. So, what I am preferring is to send my son to school. I get everyday feedback about his school and their teachers in a way that he doesn't know we are doing so. So far this one school seems to be good.
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• United States
27 Jan 09
I feel the same way you do! I agree and disagree for the same reasons as you have stated.
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@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
Socialization isn't really an issue with homeschooling. Just because they are in a different learning setup doesn't mean that they won't get to mingle with other people. If done right, homeschooling will even guarantee a better form of socialization because the classroom isn't exactly a good representation of the real world. It is not an organic environment with all types of people represented. The dynamics of interaction are actually limited to student-student or teacher-student. This is my opinion anyway. :)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Thats my fear also because I have a relative ho homeschooled her children from K-1 to Graduation and one is in her 20's and the other 19 and I am telling you these kids DO NOT act their age at all! They never have!
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I disagree with home schooling. I do know some people that have attempted to home school their children and they really weren't even qualified. Of course there are no public schools out there that are perfect. They all have their faults. I have had some bad experiences with public schooling, don't get me wrong. I just think the children need the social aspect of public schools. They need to know how to get along with others and how to handle certain situations. I think if you yank your kids out of school because something isn't quite right, then what is that teaching the child? You are just sheltering them from the real world. As long as you stay on top of what is going on with your child at school, then they should be okay. Best wishes on your decision!
• United States
27 Jan 09
I agree with you, that would be my main worry, that I am not qualified to teach them what they need to learn,
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
Homeschooling definitely isn't for everybody. Certainly it requires commitment, dedication, creativity, resourcefulness, and lots of patience. If you have these attributes, credentials and official qualifications won't really figure into it. Anybody can do research, esp now in the age of the Internet. If you need to teach something you don't know or have forgotten, you can learn or relearn it with your child. If it's something that you really can't grasp, you can tap other people to help you out. Re socialization, I gave my opinion as a reply to one of the other comments here. :)
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I home schooled my boys when they were growing up until they got into high school. then they went to high school. They all graduated with honors. My middle son had a four point 0 average and he is now in college and on the deans list. The advantages for me is that i was able to teach them the right way to act without their peers telling them otherwise. i taught them to be their own person so they didn't need to follow the crowd. In high school they were already so used to what i taught them that they didn't have to follow the crowd. The reason i didn't continue in high school is because they needed to learn thing I had no clue of. My middle son was taking physics and Japanese. I have no clue about either. do a search on a search engine about home school in your area. there are many good web sites now on it.
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• United States
27 Jan 09
Thanks so much, those are some the main reasons I want to home school my boys!
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
27 Jan 09
It does help, Check into it
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• United States
27 Jan 09
Firts off cuz, look at Rhonda's children. They have no social life,hardly any friends. They don't have the advantages of meeting new friends and if they do its very rare. You know how her kids are. Sunshine use to be very extraverted before she started home school and summer has always been quiet,hardly ever talks,goes anywhere. Who are their main friends...themselves.
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@magnel (2263)
• India
28 Jan 09
Its a good idea, as the children will be under the guidance of the parents at home. And the chances of getting into wrong friends circle is also prevented. Proper education to the children is very important today. But not all can afford to do it, for those who can should go ahead for it.
• United States
29 Jan 09
This is true also!
@kprofgames (3101)
• United States
27 Jan 09
In all honesty, a person can't really know the advantages or disadvantages until they've done it. I know several home school families, infact it's very popular here. They aren't excommunicated from other children their own age, sports or anything else. Only difference is the structure of their learning. Don't be fooled by the expensive of private schools though. Home schooling, materials and creating avenues for your children aren't cheap. Some programs are less expensive then others, but materials costs, teachers additions and the teacher training tools are a must too. I've done public, private and home schooled so I've heard all sides of this. It takes a lot of time and devotion. Being able to separate home from school time can be challenging at times. In all honesty, I had a hard time with it. I teach through the summer and then private school was great. Cost wasn't really an issue as much as transportation. This year everyone is in public school and all are thriving. The time we took at home and the year in private school did us wonders. I don't agree with how public schools are ran. I think elementary and middle school have a hard time finding really good teachers. Some school are all political and about funding that they just don't care about the kids. All in all, if you're considering home school, more power to you. The only suggestion I would have is create a "school" place. Maybe convert one room into the school room. This way when you are in school it separates itself from home and helps the kids stay more focused
• United States
27 Jan 09
This is really good advice, And I agree with everything you said
@kezabelle (2985)
30 Jan 09
I think it really depends on the person, I could not positivley home school my children for me to home school you need to be giving them a good education but at the same time the chances to be social so they dont miss out on the interaction with other children I couldnt give my girls that at home so they go to school (well youngest will when she is old enough) If someone can give a child the education required the stability of a good work routine and also the social interaction that all children need while growing up then of course home schooling can be very positive experience not just for the child but the person home schooling them aswell!
@lilybug (21147)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I think that some parents homeschooling is a good thing. Other parents just can't handle it. I am one of the latter. I could not home school my kids because I just don't have the patience for it. I sometimes think my son would be better off being home schooled, but it is just not something that is going to happen.
• United States
28 Jan 09
There are alot of things to consider when making your decisons about homeschooling. Other peoples opinions may help and they may not because not everyone have the same opinions on the subject. I have choosen to homeschool. I have a daughter that is 6 and a son that is 4. Right now it works wonderful for us. My son is only 4 and I have to make copies of all of her books and he does the school with us everyday. So even though he is not old enough to do the school he is learning right along with her. I really enjoy homeschooling her though. Most parents cannot wait for their children to start school but I prefer for them to be with me. I saw one of my friends from school and when I told her that I was homeschooling my daughter she said that she could not believe that that she could not wait until both of hers were in school to get them out of her hair. I was shocked. Hope you make the right decision. Have a blessed day.
• United States
28 Jan 09
I think it depends on the situation with the school districts in your area, if you have the option of open enrollment where you can take them to school yourself or if you are a person that can handle and encourage them to home school. My husband wanted me to homeschool my son, and we just had a daughter last year who just turned 1 yr this month, I couldnt handle the idea of teaching my son the schooling, dealing with a baby under 1 (atthe time) and also managing the house. My husband works for a company that takes him away for weeks at a time, so it would just be me... I dont think so. but I am willing to admit it. Plus my son is able to make friends, build up his immunity, and his school district is 6th in the state, and gets high honors every year...so it is a really good school.
• United States
28 Jan 09
I was home schooled. I did better with a private teacher than I did in regular public school. I was homeschooling my children until recently when department of human services said that I have to put my children in regular public school. They say my children can not learn in a home charter school, which actually is not homeschooling. anyway I am in a state where it is legal to home school. But it is believed that people of color should not homeschool. Which is a load of crap. I will tell you homeschooled children have better attitudes do well in school And that bull about their socialization skills is not true. Home school kids are friendlier and usually not afraid to meet people or get in front of crowd and take control. Homeschool children have lot of confidence. I started homeschooling when I met some children that I could not beleive the way they were due to the bad things I heard about homeschooling. I reccomend any one to homeschool. but be very careful many people have lost their children. When a worker like I had comes to your door who works part time for social services and full time at walgreens.(true story I have her resume) Many people hate homeschoolers and they will try their best to get your children taken away and make your life a living heck. Homeschool is the wa to go. I took my children out of regular school because of cursing teachers,bullys,racist teachers,teacher on cell phone during class time, Public school is just not a good place for learning. My children went from flunking to passing with all good grades, now that they are back in public school they once again struggling. and it breaks my heart but there ios nothing I can do about it.
• United States
28 Jan 09
I think if you stick to a routine and really stick behind teaching them don't let them slack then go for it! Also, I would put them in a program or church group or even boy or girl scouts to let them get the other things they need like talking and working with other children and people. I also know when my kids where young they learned a lot because I taught them. And, what I did not know I got from books. Now, they have internet and computers. There is no reason your kids can't do classes or work on line. They have homework help on line for free and all kinds of things. You should look into it! But, don't let them get the better of you and end up sleeping in and playing video games all day! Good Luck with the kiddo's!
• United States
27 Jan 09
If you have the time and the patience for homeschooling I say go for it and good for you, I totally understand where you are coming from and wanting to protect your children. On the other hand School Work has become so advanced since I was school! I am not convinced I could make sure my child was getting the best education possible at home and would be afraid they would not know and learn what other kids their age in public schools were learning. As far as the social life, they could still play sports and do other after school activities that public school students attend to make sure they are not totally cut off from the real world.
@dmrone (750)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I homeschool,and i has its ups and downs. I have my children with me all the time, and i can make sure my children are learning what they should be, because i care enough to not let them slide on their grades. It is hard, but i know i care more about my children's education than the local public schools around here. The private schools are good , but they cost alot of money. Alot of people say the down side to homeschooling is the children don't get to interact with other children, but in most homeschool groups the children can play sports, do the dance routines, go on field tris with other homeschooled children. You can each your child on his/her specific learning level, where they don't do that in public schools. One of the downs, is that you hardly have any time for yourself. It is a great way to see to it your child gets the education they deserve. By the way alot of homeschooled children get into colleges with no problem. It does cast a bit when you first start out, but it was a lot cheaper for us compared to our local ublic schools.
@jsgomes (78)
• India
27 Jan 09
Well the idea seems good but quite impossible to be executed (speaking generally). It could be quite possible if you are a Trained Teacher yourself but if not, it seems a nightmare, as you can land up ruining your childs' future. Coz the schools have become so professional that to cope up with them becomes a real mammoth task.
• United States
27 Jan 09
I wanted to protect my kids so I live in a small town and they go to a small school. Homeschooling to me is a very difficult idea. They wont make friends or socialize. THey wont be on school teams or belong to groups, both are something colleges look for. They may not be as advanced as their peers who went to school. Also if your homeschooling you have to make sure to do all the lesson plans and work and keep them focused at doing that and not on the tv. You have to buy all the books, the supplies etc. I would also worry they were too sheltered and wouldnt know how to handle some of the social issues that come up in school, when they come up in their adult life. My daughter takes college prep courses that while I can help her with them being a college graduate, my husband who graduated high school is lost. Also home schooling kids does not prevent them from being hurt because of the world today. NOthing can prevent that...unfortunately.
• United States
27 Jan 09
My brother and I both wish we could have been home schooled. Now, my daughter is another story, I sent her to a private school and she says now that she hated it. It was a private christian school. She ended up going to three different schools because the first two church schools closed up. She says that she wants her daughter to go to public school. I have asked her to consider home school if there were problems with the school system. She says a straight out no. I like the home schooling and have looked at different ones and they really seem to be a good thing.