Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Homeschool!
Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Homeschool
#1 The Homeschool teacher has limitations...
Sure, every individual has strengths... and weaknesses... and yes, as a homeschool parent these weaknesses can effect the development of our children. What if I hated science and really didn't have a clue about teaching my child that subject? A smart homeschool parent isn't satisfied there. We can easily offset our weaknesses by getting others involved in our children's education, using an online curriculum, or joining a co-op. So, say goodbye to limitations!
#2 Homeschool Achievements go Unrecognized
I am always amazed at the number of intelligent well educated homeschool students out there. They often are very accomplished and extremely talented, but many times this simply goes unrecognized. Joining a local homeschool group can supply your child with the opportunity to be recognized. Local papers often don't report the happenings in the homeschool community... but that's because they don't know what's going on... take a minute to contact your local paper when something big happens in your homeschool life... did your child get an award? win a competition? Let the local paper know... they just might need a story!
#3 There is no motivational competition for the homeschooler - no socialization...
Sure, the homeschooler is often in a situation where he isn't competing with others. Yet, having a little "healthy competition" can motivate even the most unmotivated child. This is true for any of us, when we see another person trying hard to achieve it can inspire us to try harder as well. Joining a co-op, working with other homeschooling families, or taking a class can boost your child's motivation by providing some of that "healthy competition" as well as socialization.
#4 Homeschoolers have no accountability... their education is undisciplined...
For some reason, humans tend to regress without some type of accountability. This explains why AA meetings and weight accountability programs work so well. When there is someone that we have to answer to, we usually keep a tight ship. I personally have realized if I'm not accountable to something or someone I will not follow through. The same is true in our homeschooling, if I include goals, objectives, projects, and deadlines into our homeschool program then it usually gives me the accountability that I need. Some states have rigorous accountability programs, which can be a bit annoying. If your state doesen't require anything from you and you need more accountability, you can find a homeschool parent to become an accountability partner with. Each of you can encourage the other to stick with it and reach the goals that you established!
#5 Homeschoolers miss out on organized sports...
There are so many opportunities that have opened up for homeschoolers over the past years. Schools are offering elective classes and colleges are actively recruiting homeschoolers. Yet, sports is one area that has lagged behind. The ability for homeschool students to play in competitive sports that lead to college level opportunities is limited. The good news is that many public schools have opened this door after homeschooled parents began dialogue with them expressing their needs. If you want your child to have this opportunity take time to voice your opinion to your local school board. You might be suprised at what happens!
I hope that you realized that this is written in sarcasm... there will always be "reasons" out there not to homeschool... it's what you do about those reasons that make the difference... Happy Homeschooling!