I am a homeschool mom who majored in Secondary Education, but instead of teaching in a public institution, I chose to homeschool. I think that the general public is very uninformed about homeschooling today, and still relies on the old stereotype of the "shy unsocialized hermetic homeschooler" who never leaves their home and has no friends. It is so inaccurate. My kids are very social and anything but shy! We live in a suburb of Kansas City, and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of other Hschoolers in our small area. Nationwide, there are millions of us. We are active members of several local groups for homeschool famlies, and we take part in at least one social activity every day, outside of our home. Activities are set up and organized by moms through yahoo email loops. Our local homeschool groups offers the following activities to name a small few; Girl and Boy Scout troops, 4H, campfire, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, horseback riding, art, choir, and gym classes, prom, sports teams, holiday parties, book clubs, a 2 hour long recess time every week, plus park days, field trips, picnics and academic fairs. These are just a few of the many things we do while everyone else is in school). When we are not doing our lessons, we are always on the go, and it is ironic that we call ourselves homeschoolers since we spend so much time away from home! Homeschoolers have the advantage of one on one personalized attention educationally, and we also dont have to waste a lot of time on discipline, paperwork, and busywork. We can get our lessons done in a couple hours each morning, and then get on with enjoying our hobbies and friends. We also have the advantage of making closer more meaningful friendships because our kids have the time for more playdates and outings, instead of sitting, bored and institutionalized behind a desk all day. I find it ridiculous that public schools are thought of as a great place to socialize! How can kids socialize when they have to sit silently and listen for 8 hours a day?? Homeschoolers have the time to learn at their own pace, to spend time with friends, and just be kids, without the pressures and negative influences of public school. Homeschool kids are not hermits and they are not freaky nerds. They are just really lucky kids who get to enjoy life and learning every day. No child is left behind in a homeschool, and socialization is the best reason to homeschool. Public school creates a harsh artificial society where children are raised by their peers. Homeschoolers live and learn in the real world. For more info, read the book; "The Well adjusted Child; The Social Benefits of Homeschooling", by Rachel Gathercole
Source(s): Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Depends. I'm not homeschooled, but I do go to an outreach school. So I'll write from that experience...take it or leave it, hope something I say will help. :)
I left the high school I was at because I was just sick of it; the wasted time in class when you do nothing, sitting around at lunch waiting for the next class, the people...so now I work on my own, when I want, where I want. I do go to the outreach school a couple hours a week (supposed to go for a minimum amount, but as long as I get things done, they're not too picky...) and there's teachers there if I want help. I'm working a lot more right now, which is really good for me.
One thing I've noticed lately is that I'm kinda lonely/depressed (although, I think the reason for this doesn't really have anything to do with leaving the high school). I didn't have many friends at the high school anyway...but I wish I had the "typical" high school experience, you know, spring break, a nice grad, etc., although where I'm from, you don't really get the "typical" experience as it is...
You should be very self-motivated in order to get the work done, and you should be ok with that method of learning (teaching yourself instead of being taught).
I'll be graduating a year early (will probably do some other courses like chem and stuff over the summer/next year). One of my biggest problems is that I feel so much older than I am, and it's frustrating to know I can do so much, but people consider my age more than they consider "me". That may seem kinda random...but...that's my lecture. :)
Hai, IF your parents are loving and capable to guide you in your education then you should get homeschooled.
But you must develop friendship with many members of the society.
As a teacher and an educational philosopher a good homeschool is the best way to get educated.
Public schools control you. They dont allow you to be free. They decide what you should learn, when you should learn, how your should learn, from whom you should learn, where you should sit, what you should do, when you should speak, who will reward you, who will tell you that you have done a good job. They prepare you to become someone's employee.
They take away all your initiative and mental freedom.
I hope you will get a good education.
Thank you for reading.
I have homeschooled my daughter since kindergarten. She is now in the 11th grade. She has written two novels, is a leader in a youth group, and leads a teen band. She has TONS of friends, is happy as can possibly be, and swears she will one day homeschool her own children so that they have the great education she has had. She is mature way beyond her years, has won awards at her parttime job, and she loves being homeschooled. When she was in the 6th grade, I had to go to work because my husband lost his job. We put our daughter in a public school. At first it was a novelty, then she became miserable and always begged me to never send her to a "regular" school again. That year she was the teacher's favorite and at the top of her class gradewise. She did great, but hated it. Homeschooling is not for everyone, though. But it worked great for us and has helped my daughter become an amazing person because she learned at her own pace, studied what interested her, and blossomed and developed in her own way with no peer pressure or pressure to conform.
I totally disagree all with all of you that say "people who are homeschooled are socially challenged" and "I'll bet you don't have any friends" You are all wrong. I have loads of friends. Homeshcooling is awesome, and I love it. Most kids that go to a public school that I meet always say something along the lines of "You're so lucky! I wish I could be homeschooled!" That dosen't exactly sound happy to me. So to answer your question, yes, you should be homeschooled.