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by , 02-01-2012 at 05:28 AM (52379 Views)
Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Homeschool
by Jamie


#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!

Comments

  1. Unregistered's Avatar
    This is truly sad. You people have no idea the misery your children are going to face once they get into the real world. No loving parent would ever willingly do this to their child. But its never really about the kids, is it? Its always some silly little reason from the parents, not liking something or other about the school system. Homeschooling your kids is treated like the latest accessory handbag. "Oh, look at me, im homeschooling my kids. Sure all i have is a High School Diploma, but its ok, im qualified. Next, ill be performing an appendectomy on little Johnny 'cause im SOOO fed up with the medical community." This is a good example of what you are doing. STOP ruining your children's lives.

    Myself and a group of others are trying to get a law passed in our state that would regulate who can teach their kids at home. Meaning, you would have to have basic teaching credentials, like anyone else who wants to teach others.

    Get mad all you want at what I've said, but try and think of it from your kids perspective. One other thing, before you tell me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was homeschooled for seven years.
  2. sweenzchick's Avatar
    I understand your opinion I do....I was in the public school system my whole life. I have to children, 13 and 6, my oldest son went to public school all the way up to last year when I had to make the struggling decision to homeschool. I went out on medical disability and had to move in with family, well the school he wouldve been forced to go to, there is alot of violence due to race as well as when I spoke to some of the parents the new schools cirrculm was 3 years under what my son was....(meaning if he went into 7th grade he would have a 4th grade learning cirrculm). My son hass his own learning disability and worked to hard to be put into a school that would set him back, he worked to hard to get to the level he is at now to be subject to that because of this misfortune I've been put in with my health. So tell me....if I didnt homeschool, what would be my option? Believe me....I've tried everything, keeping him in his previous public school as well as discussing with the current school board my concerns...due to laws in our state it was out of my hands therefore I kept my children with homeschool, with the intend to get back into public school once my finicial situation is ok
  3. Unregistered's Avatar
    [QUOTE=sweenzchick;bt1139]I understand your opinion I do....I was in the public school system my whole life. I have to children, 13 and 6, my oldest son went to public school all the way up to last year when I had to make the struggling decision to homeschool. I went out on medical disability and had to move in with family, well the school he wouldve been forced to go to, there is alot of violence due to race as well as when I spoke to some of the parents the new schools cirrculm was 3 years under what my son was....(meaning if he went into 7th grade he would have a 4th grade learning cirrculm). My son hass his own learning disability and worked to hard to be put into a school that would set him back, he worked to hard to get to the level he is at now to be subject to that because of this misfortune I've been put in with my health. So tell me....if I didnt homeschool, what would be my option? Believe me....I've tried everything, keeping him in his previous public school as well as discussing with the current school board my concerns...due to laws in our state it was out of my hands therefore I kept my children with homeschool, with the intend to get back into public school once my finicial situation is ok[/QUOTE]


    There are exceptions to everything. In your situation, homeschooling is probably the best TEMPORARY choice you can make. My main concern is with parents who think its perfectly acceptable to homeschool their kids on a permanent basis, as an alternative to real school.

    As far as the school curriculum goes, three years behind seems like a bit of an exaggeration, but i will take your word for it. But DO NOT be fooled by pro-homeschoolers who tout high test scores and good grades as reasons to homeschool. There are reasons I say that specifically but I wont get into it right now. But yes, in your situation I would say temporary homeschooling is the favorable choice until you are able to get him back into a real school that you are comfortable with.
  4. evie's Avatar
    you sound so ignorant right now..you should def NEVER, EVER home school your children :D
  5. Unregistered's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt1138]This is truly sad. You people have no idea the misery your children are going to face once they get into the real world. No loving parent would ever willingly do this to their child. But its never really about the kids, is it? Its always some silly little reason from the parents, not liking something or other about the school system. Homeschooling your kids is treated like the latest accessory handbag. "Oh, look at me, im homeschooling my kids. Sure all i have is a High School Diploma, but its ok, im qualified. Next, ill be performing an appendectomy on little Johnny 'cause im SOOO fed up with the medical community." This is a good example of what you are doing. STOP ruining your children's lives.

    Myself and a group of others are trying to get a law passed in our state that would regulate who can teach their kids at home. Meaning, you would have to have basic teaching credentials, like anyone else who wants to teach others.

    Get mad all you want at what I've said, but try and think of it from your kids perspective. One other thing, before you tell me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was homeschooled for seven years.[/QUOTE]

    To the forum:
    I would like to know why someone who is here for no other reason than to be hateful and angry is being allowed to post on this blog site. I pay for access to this curriculum and reference this blog for help and guidance in providing the very best education possible for my child. This type of post is negative and discouraging. The person who left it is clearly not a user of the curriculum, a homeschooling parent or a helpful person. There are as many reasons to homeschool as there are home schooled children. The decision to take your child's education into your own hands is a difficult and important choice that each parent should take very seriously. I believe most do. I am so sorry for this person that their own homeschool experience was not what they would have wished it to be. But to work to take the right away from everyone based on their own singular experience is wrong. The things this person said about "ruining our children's lives" was uncalled for and baseless. Assuming the worst of people sight unseen is never the right way to go.

    To the author of the hateful post- Please understand that there are MANY extenuating circumstance that lead to homeschooling as the best option; from learning differences and physical or emotional ailments, to dangerous public schools in some areas, to religious beliefs, etc. If you are angry about your own homeschool experience, you should direct that anger toward the adult(s) who were in charge of you at that time. Homeschooling requires a lot of time, thought and planning and is definitely not the easiest rout. It is MUCH easier to drop your child off at school everyday and have someone else be responsible for their education. I personally know many homeschooling parents who are quite educated and "qualified" to guide their children's learning and no one I know takes that responsibility lightly, nor regards homeschooling as a "fad like the latest handbag". I am personally offended by your words, insinuations and hateful attitude. Please back off and let us do what we believe in our hearts to be the best thing for our children and you do the best you can for yours.
  6. Unregistered's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt1138]This is truly sad. You people have no idea the misery your children are going to face once they get into the real world. No loving parent would ever willingly do this to their child. But its never really about the kids, is it? Its always some silly little reason from the parents, not liking something or other about the school system. Homeschooling your kids is treated like the latest accessory handbag. "Oh, look at me, im homeschooling my kids. Sure all i have is a High School Diploma, but its ok, im qualified. Next, ill be performing an appendectomy on little Johnny 'cause im SOOO fed up with the medical community." This is a good example of what you are doing. STOP ruining your children's lives.

    Myself and a group of others are trying to get a law passed in our state that would regulate who can teach their kids at home. Meaning, you would have to have basic teaching credentials, like anyone else who wants to teach others.

    Get mad all you want at what I've said, but try and think of it from your kids perspective. One other thing, before you tell me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was homeschooled for seven years.[/QUOTE]

    Funny you say that, I was home schooled for 8 years and then attended a high school my last 4 years. I loved homeschooling it was great, and then when I went to high school I did very well with the grades and socialization. When I homeschooled I played sports through our local Boys & Girls club, Participated in a homeschool group that had lots of kids, and had lots of friends from church. When I took my mandatory state testing every other year I always scored in the 99 percent tile far above those taught by teachers with "degrees." If the parent who is teaching you didnt do well in science they can (A) join a co op (my younger sister is in a science co op right now and loves it) (B) order some science curriculum and just teach straight from it as do your teachers with "degrees" (C) see if your local high school works with homeschoolers and would let them take some particular science classes. (I don't know how flexible all high school are but our local high school was very happy to work with local homeschoolers). Moral of the story you may have hated homeschooling, (just as many public schoolers hate their school) and homeschooling isn't for everyone, but please do not assume your bad experience puts you in a position to judge everyone else and tell them what they should or should not do, and since your main complaint seems to be that since most parents are not qualified therefore they must not be able to teach their children as well as public schools do well then I leave you with study taken for the "The Washington Times"

    "The study included almost 12,000 home-school students from all 50 states who took three well-known standardized achievements tests the California Achievement Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Stanford Achievement Test for the 2007-08 academic year. The students were drawn from 15 independent testing services, making it the most comprehensive home-school academic study to date.
    The results reinforced previous home-school studies conducted over a period of 25 years.
    Five areas of academic pursuit were measured. In reading, the average home-schooler scored at the 89th percentile; language, 84th percentile; math, 84th percentile; science, 86th percentile; and social studies, 84th percentile. In the core studies (reading, language and math), the average home-schooler scored at the 88th percentile.
    The average public school student taking these standardized tests scored at the 50th percentile in each subject area" (The Washington Times).


    Read more: [url=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/30/home-schooling-outstanding-results-national-tests/#ixzz2NI1msgsp]HOME-SCHOOLING: Outstanding results on national tests - Washington Times[/url]
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  7. Unregistered's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt1138]This is truly sad. You people have no idea the misery your children are going to face once they get into the real world. No loving parent would ever willingly do this to their child. But its never really about the kids, is it? Its always some silly little reason from the parents, not liking something or other about the school system. Homeschooling your kids is treated like the latest accessory handbag. "Oh, look at me, im homeschooling my kids. Sure all i have is a High School Diploma, but its ok, im qualified. Next, ill be performing an appendectomy on little Johnny 'cause im SOOO fed up with the medical community." This is a good example of what you are doing. STOP ruining your children's lives.

    Myself and a group of others are trying to get a law passed in our state that would regulate who can teach their kids at home. Meaning, you would have to have basic teaching credentials, like anyone else who wants to teach others.

    Get mad all you want at what I've said, but try and think of it from your kids perspective. One other thing, before you tell me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was homeschooled for seven years.[/QUOTE]

    I am a homeschooled 15-year old teenager. I demanded to be homeschooled for two years but my parents were too afraid. I warned them that I cannot stand school and its way of teaching. I need freedom. I MUST be the one to choose [I]when[/I] I do something, [I]how[/I] I do something. I do not like receiving orders, I must be in command. Normal school has nothing to do with learning or learning how to learn it has to do with absorbing factoids and regurgitating them on command. It's about "socialisation" which really means conditioning and indoctrination. And I don't want to sit 7 hours in school in absolute boredom.

    Now recently I got extremely bad grades in the current school because I couldn't stand it and got depressed. I made my parents apply for homeschooling me and now I have excellent grades and I am fully control of everything and in addition I have finally time to open my open online business.
  8. Unregistered's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt1138]This is truly sad. You people have no idea the misery your children are going to face once they get into the real world. No loving parent would ever willingly do this to their child. But its never really about the kids, is it? Its always some silly little reason from the parents, not liking something or other about the school system. Homeschooling your kids is treated like the latest accessory handbag. "Oh, look at me, im homeschooling my kids. Sure all i have is a High School Diploma, but its ok, im qualified. Next, ill be performing an appendectomy on little Johnny 'cause im SOOO fed up with the medical community." This is a good example of what you are doing. STOP ruining your children's lives.

    Myself and a group of others are trying to get a law passed in our state that would regulate who can teach their kids at home. Meaning, you would have to have basic teaching credentials, like anyone else who wants to teach others.

    Get mad all you want at what I've said, but try and think of it from your kids perspective. One other thing, before you tell me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was homeschooled for seven years.[/QUOTE]



    Just so you know I was homeschooled by my own choice because public school did nothing for me! I loved it I got to graduate two years early and start my college classes when I was 15 so I think I'm doing well. If your going to say anything about homeschooled kids get the facts and actually find someone who was homeschooled and see how they are in the real world. I have better social skills then most people I know that went to public school so you sir are way off the target!
  9. Unregistered's Avatar
    And just because you didn't like it doesn't mean other kids wont benefit from it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Unregistered's Avatar
    I'm a kid, I'm homeschooled, and I like it.