Most parents do it for religious reasons but here are some other reasons:
1. Homeschoolers generally recieve a better academic education
2. Parents can control what their kids are exposed to and when.
3. Homeschoolers generally have better social skills than their traditionally schooled peers (mostly because parents are there to help with social problems as they arise)
4. Homeschoolers have closer relationships with their parents
5. Homeschoolers are less likely to hav behavioral problems
6. The symptoms of many learning and developmental disibilities (sucah as Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD) become significantly more mild and in some cases disapear altogether when the kids are switched from a classroom setting to homeschool.
7. Homeschooling works around your family's schedule rather than the family having to work their lives around a schools schedule.
First off, someone said that when you homeschool....you can't get into an accredited college...which is untrue...and I suggest that they not write about something that they don't know. (I personally am working on my second degree at a University. I was homeschooled from k-5 all the way through high school, and started at a community college at 16. And please for the record....socialization was NEVER a problem. I was almost over socialized! haha. Between, dance, youth group, softball, music lessons and work (yeah, I had a job!)...I made more friends than I knew what to do with...there was never a lack of 'hang out time'...if that's what people are worried about.
HOMESCHOOLING is not for everyone, nor does every kid turn out the same way with homeschooling.
PUBLIC SCHOOL is not for everyone, nor does every kid turn out a perfectly socialized human, ready for college.
So, don't put homeschoolers in a box! People homeschool for many different reasons...a few are:
Religious Reasons-whatever they are, the parents want to make sure their kids know what they believe...(eventually the kids will believe what they want, but, can you blame the parents for trying?)
Education: (some kids are way too gifted for PS and their parents want them to move faster) or (some kids need special attention and are a bit slower, and the parents want to make sure that they LEARN the material, not memorize just to pass an end-of-grade test)
Their Local Public School System is bad: Everyone must admit, that no two public school systems are created equally, some are really, really good and should be used...some are just really bad. If the parents can do a better job that the failing system..why not let them?
So because each 'homeschool' is made up of different people, results are going to be different. As with anything...there are extremes (the ones who move to the woods, grow their own crops and their children are only allowed to play at night...I exaggerate for laughs of course).....but they don't make up the majority. I stress: just because you've met ONE homeschooled kid, doesn't mean they are all like that. (If one was a brilliant, mal-adjusted science whiz..doesn't mean we all are).
But please.....everyone stop with the 'socialization' question. It gets soooo old.
(And I didn't miss out on Prom, I went to 3....and they are very overrated)
As a 16 year old homeschooled student, I can tell you exactly why my parents chose to homeschool me.
My sophomore year was hell; not that I didn't have any friends or was teased, quite the contrary, I was very popular. (Although God knows why.) However, I describe it as a 'hell' because the other kids I encountered had absolutely zero interest in learning. They chose to smoke pot, go hunting, and brag about who they had sex with on the weekend. They lived in a bubble of ignorance. I hadn't met anyone who didn't know the name of the Vice President or that Asia was, in fact, a continent. They didn't know how to string a coherent sentence together properly without aid. In a town where football was king and education was the least important thing, I can't fault them.
However, these were NOT people I wanted to be around. I came home depressed, angry, and frustrated at their stupidity and why no one seemed to care. I just...wasn't meant to be in a place like that. My parents offered me a way out and I took it with both hands.
Of course, every situation is different, but these are just my two cents. If you want to chat about this more, feel free to e-mail me. :) blacktwilight96[at]yahoo[dot]co
Home schooling is an excellent option. Some parents dont like the way thier school system works, or thier kid has a medical problem. In my case, I missed 32 days of school because of stress related migraines and stomache problems. The next year I started homeschooling and many of the headaches and stomach problems stopped. I used Thompson Eduation Direct which is a correspondance school. My grades rocketd from c and d to a and b in a couple o months. As far as socializing, there are many groups that help homeschooled kids and thier parents get together and go on trip and other stuff. There are other options too, but I'm not going to go into them.
And to those that say homeschooled students cant get into accredited colleges, theyre wrong. as long as their scooling is well documented and they ahve taken the ac or sat's you CAN go to ACREDITED colleges. I attend KAPLAN university in iowa which is one of the top schools in the country
Personal opinion completely, and I'm not asking anyone to agree with me, but here it is. I was homeschooled k-12. I wouldn't change any of those days my mother was willing to sit down with me on those rainy or sunny days and teaching me how to multiply, or how to use watercolors. We had plenty of rough days, and I probably made her want to pull her hair out, but she felt that it was most important that she gave us a well rounded education. We weren't hermits living in our home, shunning the neighbors. My mother and father always taught us to be respectful, and encouraged us to carry on a conversation with an elderly person, or a kid our age. My sister and I (my sister still is, recently accepted into Symphony) where in a well known orchestra, I took art, and we were taught music privately as well. They always encouraged us to entire contests, hit the amusement parks or mall with our friends. I wouldn't change the way my parents raised me, sociably and school wise. I'm happy working with people and don't find it difficult carry on a conversation with a stranger about a sale or the weather. I am initially a shy person, but I can assure you that my other homeschooled siblings are not. My eldest brother is very outgoing as is my older sister. Regardless, I love talking with people about the big and small things: from morals to the latest fashion trend in shoes. I think that a majority of the time, parents who homeschool their children, soundly, will find that they won't really need a "break" from their children, because the children have been raised to know what can and can't be done.
If homeschooling causes sociable problems in children, I would be a failure in college, but I find I’m doing very well and very well set.
Anyway, yup, theres my thoughts. You may be different.