Why choose homeschooling?
This question is mainly for parents that have decided to homeschool their children. What was your reasoning for homeschooling? What do you think your child can gain from homeschooling that they can't get at a public or even private school? Was your child previously enrolled in a public school but you took them out to homeschool them?See Answer 10 Add Answers
Wow. ATL Finest's bad grammar did not make a good argument for public schools, did it?
I am rather neutral about homeschooling, so I might be able to provide a semi-objective view on the subject. Here are some pros and cons for homeschooling:
-Control of the agenda. You know what your kid is going to learn. Some public and private schools provide excellent education for kids, but some do not. Homeschooling your child makes it so you know what they are getting.
-Control of the environment. No bullies, bad cafeteria food, goof-off kids sitting next to you, etc. If the parent instills discipline and doesn't let their kid goof off too much, they have a better ability to attain knowledge without distraction.
-Your kid can learn at their own pace and get more special attention where necessary. A lot of homeschool kids learn specific topics more indepth better than public school kids. For example, a lot of homeschool kids are making waves in the National Spelling Bee, because they have more individual help with their spelling skills than public and private school children.
-Children do not have to fight for attention with other kids. A lot of schools are poorly staffed, and the teachers cannot give enough attention to each student.
-Safety issues, although I think this issue is over-stated. Short of locking your kid up in their room all their life, you cannot protect your kid from everything. Schools, generally speaking, are no more dangerous than walking outside somewhere. The media makes public schools seem worse than they really are. That said, you know where your kid is when you have them home, so it is one less thing to worry about.
-Lack of social interaction that is a key component to learning how to exist in the outside world. Homeschool kids do not learn team work or social skills as well as kids in regular schools. Like it or not, in the real world as adults, your kids will be exposed to different kinds of people and will have to deal with them. School is an experience that better prepares them for this.
-A LOT of parents are NOT qualified to teach all subjects. You risk your kids having deficiencies in areas where the parent is weak. A parent who is going to homeschool had better make sure they know what they are doing.
-Kids are not as well prepared for classroom environment when they go to college and the pressure that is involved. A lot of homeschooled kids go into college with a better knowledge base than other kids, but are quickly overwhelmed by the environment because they are not used to learning in a public forum. They are less attuned to different points of view, and are easily stressed out or quick to get involved in bad crowds. I've been involved in higher education for 8 years, and I have seen this a lot.
That said, a lot of these cons can be overcome. A lot of homeschooled kids are still involved in extracurricular activities. They learn at home, but still go out for sports or debate or other activities that help them learn the social skills they need. A good parent who homeschools will make sure their child is involved in the community so they will be better prepared to exist in that community when they grow up. If a parent is well-versed in school curriculum, then there is really no reason not to homeschool your kid if you have the resources to do it. It is definitely not for everybody, but for the right person with the right kid, then why not?
p.s. I should also add that I, personally, think a public school is the best way to educate a kid... provided it is a decent public school. All public schools are not created equal, unfortunately. Everyone is biased in one way or another. I just thought it fair that I reveal own bias!
I'm not a parent, but I was homeschooled for a year.
Part of the reason I was homeschooled was because I was really far ahead of most of the kids in my grade and the school either couldnt or wouldnt move me a grade ahead.
Home schooling provides a student with the discipline to learn and it really helps them figure out what they enjoy doing. That year I discovered that I really liked math and science seeing as those were always the subjects I did first thing in the morning and those were the ones I wanted to do. At a public school students can get "left behind" or lazy if their potential in a certain area isnt reached. And for private schools (I have attendend both) theres less of a struggle for a grade. Theres more time for the student to learn until they actually understand where as in a private school there is a lot of pressure for the student to do well.
My only problem with home schooling is that students lose the social background and will loose some of the typical experience gained in that grade. Like for example when I started homeschooling I ended up skipping 3rd grade and doing homeschool for 4th grade and I missed a lot of the stuff you learn in those grades. Those are the grades where students get more homework and things like that and I missed out on that experience. Its just something to think about.
I've read the other answers here, and agree with most of them. Homeschooling is a personal choice that shouldn't be taken lightly. I have homeschooled all of my children on and off for several years. I had different reasons each time. My oldest got in with the wrong crowd and it became "cool" to have bad grades. I didn't agree and pulled him out. I am currently homeschooling my 3rd grader. She was having the most trouble adjusting to my divorce and her grades began to drop at an alarming rate. School counseling didn't help, and she fell through the cracks of the school system. In the few months she has been homeschooled, her reading is more than a grade above level, her writing is above level and her math skills have improved up to level. Private counseling helped her through difficult times and she will be returning to public schools next fall.
The public school system isn't always an ideal choice, I am fortunate enough to be able to choose which school she attends within the district. Not everyone has that choice. There is something else to consider which I have seen mentioned here and can't stress enough how important it is. Please ask yourself, are you qualified to teach the subject matter? At elementary levels and even middle school, it can be a challenge. It isn't just knowing the subject matter, homeschooling takes time and patience. It's not a free ride for the kids or for YOU. I have seen too many parents that say they homeschool, and in fact, just give the kids a few workbooks and let them go. That is not schooling them.
Another thing to consider is the state that you live in. Every state has their own education system and homeschooling is more difficult in some than in others. mandated tests may be required, so before you pull your kids, check first. There are many homeschooling groups in every state. Online resources are an great way to look into it.
What was your reasoning for homeschooling? Mainly lack of socialization (no talking on the bus, in the hallways, during music, in the lunchroom, very little recess time) and the negative socialization in our school district. Also the silliness of forcing him to be with only children his age all day long year after year. As an adult, you're never with only people exactly your own age. Also, because too much religion still creeps into public schools in this area.
What do you think your child can gain from homeschooling that they can't get at a public or even private school?
The ability to find out the truth about historical myths that are taught in the public school books. Not being forced to learn in a way that is good for the "majority" but not the individual. The freedom to continue learning about a subject that interests him and not having to move on for fear of not covering everything that may be on an end-of-the-year standardized test.
Was your child previously enrolled in a public school but you took them out to homeschool them? Yes, I pulled my son out of public school after 6 years in the system. And, the last year he was enrolled, he made the honor roll every six weeks. So it certainly wasn't him having trouble with what they were teaching. It was me having trouble with how miserable he was in that environment.