What are you opinions on homeschooling?
Update: WOW! Thanks everyone for all your awesome opinions. There were so many good ones that I couldn't bring myself to choose just one "best" answer. Thanks and keep posting! Update 2: I guess I have to chose a best answer..man that's hard!See Answer 10 Add Answers
Glee... *your* answer made me giggle!
There is a gap between homeschool student social skills and public school student social skills... and by the way I've taught in PS and my son has been in PS - but we homeschool now.
In my opinion homeschool student's social skills are much more mature and polite (that may be why they seem "weird" to some) than PS school students (generally).
Homeschool students are going to be interested in talking about good books, academic pursuits, philosophy, goals and such rather than TV shows or the latest Rap album and such.
It has been claimed here on YA by homeschool critics that homeschooled kids will not develop an ability to deal with diversity. Just look, right here on YA, at how accepting and tolerant of different beliefs public school proponents are.
Even to innocent questions such as help me with deciding on a science project, the asker and homeschooling gets taunted. I think the new term is cyber-bullying.
If one were to honestly gauge social skills by nothing other than the posts here on YA the only conclusion one could draw is that homeschool students and parents are much more civilized.
By the way: Love Homeschooling!
Oh, my sides hurt from laughing! These critics have no clue about homeschool. They are just parroting what they've heard or else making it up as they go. Notice that no studies were given to back up their assumptions? Go to the homeschool websites and read about what other parents are doing. Read about what they have discovered works and what does not work for everyone. They will have links to actual research on what kind of social skills homeschool produces. My "poor" homeschooled daughter, a child these people would have you believe is raised in a bubble, is a social butterfly. She's a fairly edgy little kid. The only way you might think she was from another planet is if you don't get out much yourself. She was finishing Art class last night when she spotted an drama class full of older kids practicing and was invited to join in. She did and had a ball doing it. How many kids do you know who would have the grit to do that? Homeschool kids are not shy. They develop their own unique personalities just like any kid should. Meanwhile, she just got back from a bike ride and is heading over to a friend's to play. Homeschool is what you make it, and we make it great!
HA HA, "publec"!
I made the decision to homeschool when my family moved to an area where the school that my 9 year old would have had to attend had a failing "report card". There are many benefits to homeschooling including, but not limited to, extra 1 on 1 time with your children, the security of knowing that they are retaining what they are taught, and teaching their younger siblings while doing normal school related activities with your other children. We take the kids to do extra curricular activities like going to the park and sometimes amusement parks so that they can interact with kids in their own age groups.
Overall, I would say that homeschooling is definitely worth it if you have the patience to be mom and the teacher.
I am sorry, I was going to post a long answer, however after reading all the opinions against home schooling I was just shaking my head at the eternal socialization myth, I cannot believe this is so ingrained into peoples minds; I do wonder where that came from.
As it has been said before, the reason our children seem different to their conventionally schooled peers is, because they are so far ahead especially in the maturity department; this does make them seem out of touch with young people of the same age.
I personally do not see this as a deficit.
Like Public or Private school... it is in large part, dependent on the individual, what resources they have/will have, and who "at home" will be teaching/guiding them. If a child is "home-schooled" by sitting at home all day and paying video games... it is likely to fail. If a child is home-schooled by a dedicated and educated parent or group of guides that choose to take advantage of the opportunities to explore both conventional as well as unconventionally methods and get out and really see the world... they can be very successful. But then again, with parents like that, they could possibly be very successful in regular school too. that is where the individual child comes in, what works best for THEM?
Public school is a bit like having a job that requires you to "sit there and shut up" (I don't know any adults that would tolerate a job with the same rules their child have to live by), but then again, it does build discipline (in a good way too), and dedication for some. Of course, that is also dependent on the school, some are good, safe schools... others, are full of bullies or criminals and are pretty unsafe.
Overall, i encourage homeschooling provided it truly is SCHOOLING... (not that it has to be LIKE school, it can be completely different.... but it has to be educational and consistent). Good Luck.