I have known home schooled children who excelled socially, but they were involved in church groups and club sports which helped them with socialization. I have also known home schooled students who were practically shut off from the rest of the world, and they have struggled mightily to adapt to the real world.
I am neither for it nor against it. I have chosen not to homeschool my children because I think they (especially the older) need to socialize in a way that would be hard to provide in a home school setting. In that sense, then, I am against it.
Homeschooling - properly done- is one of the most effective educational programs. It has produced scientists, philosophers, and teachers with amazing stories to tell the world. However, homeschooling is all about organization, detail, consistency, and ongoing data collection. This is not for typical lazy and whiny parent that us teachers encounter at least twice every year of our career. This is work cut for a champ. I basically completed my doctorate in education and there is no way I would home-school my child.Why? Because I canNOT do it However, if I were organized, patient, and less critical of my own kid I would definitely do it. 100% for sure ---this coming FROM a teacher?
Too often children who are homeschooled not only are denied the opportunity to develop social skills, they often develop a false sense of superiority because the parent--who generally is not an educator-- has instilled in the child how "special" he/she is. More often than not, home schooling is a tragic mistake which ultimately will negatively impact the child's emotional and intellectual development.
1. a relationship - family, sibling to sibling, extended family, friends
(debunk for "socialization")
2. a personal, imitate curriculum/education - the curriculum is tailor-made to the student (not to the teacher)
Our curriculum for next year:
3. Freedom in learning - like someone mentioned above, homeschooling is a great eduation when done right. Are there bad homeschool teachers?? Yes. Are there bad public school teachers? Yes. Actually more since the ratio is greater.
4. Accountability - parent(s) who decide to homeschool their children are making a decision to be accountable for their education... it's not lightly taken or made.
(It does take some organizational skills) --- but patience and critical comments? Talking to #7 --- Not all homeschool teachers are GIFTED with patience. Frankly, I would think a public school teacher would NEED more PATIENCE, ORGANIZATION to teach 20-30 kids who are NOT their own children.
5. Socialization is such a medieval word these days to homechool teachers.
Where to get socialization:
c. friends (yes, homeschool kids have friends)
e. church activities
f. homeschool organized sports (yes, they can compete in organized sports -even in Texas)
g. ministries - we have been going to a NURSING HOME ministry every week
Shall I go on??
6. Education of the homeschool parent - Now, I get a little perturbed when teachers (of any kind) say a homeschool teacher cannot teach without a degree.
If you research (just a tad) you'd find that a parent who homeschooled their children (not a fluke homeschool teacher) and the teacher had a High School diploma only compared to a homeschool teacher with a higher education -- the homeschool student did just AS WELL (maybe a few points under) as the homeschool teacher with a degree did with their student(s). AND, AND far better than their counterparts in a public school setting.
a. Homeschool Scores vs Public School Test Scores:http://suite101.com/
b. Homeschool Advantage:http://www.nheri.org/
You can go on and research and you'll always find that homeschooling is more productive for any student
(So, no. A homeschool parent/teacher does not need a Doctorate in Education to teach.)
7. As for being less socially immature -- I am going out on a limb and say that you mean he or she is NOT in tune with what the world is doing/teaching. Actually, as a homeschool parent this is a KEY reason to homeschool.
(Didn't you hear about the 10 boys in English class watching Porn & masterbating WHILE IN CLASS?? ---was that teacher teaching and/or keeping the environment safe for others?) Sadly this might be an extreme example, but lets face it ---it's not far behind elsewhere in a public school setting.
8. Colleges and Universities are WAKING up and actually looking for and recruiting homeschoolers. They just are that MORE prepared for college.
Homeschoolers EXCEL in College:
Finally, as a homeschool mom/teacher....
It's my right as a parent to decide what kind of education my sons will receive. I just wish more parents understood that...yet, they are lied into thinking there is nothing better out there. Personally, I think ALL parents know that's what is best for their own children, but homeschooling is WORK, SWEAT, and a HUGE COMMITMENT.
And they want none of it.