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Home school Crazy Train 18 kids; Killeen, Texas 1478 posts
8th Jun '13

How do you feel about home schooling?
Do you home school?
Do you think its better for kids? (Given that their parents are reasonably intelligent. I certainly know a few people who shouldn't)

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
8th Jun '13

I am seriously considering homeschooling mine. My cousin home schools and they love it

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13

We're homeschoolers, although we're still relatively new to it. I think it is fantastic for my family...not all families. I love it more than words could say, I'm enjoying it greatly & so far so are the kids.

Momma x 2 18 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 1370 posts
8th Jun '13

I think it's fine, to each their own.
No, I do not home school.
No, I do not think it's a better choice for children.



ETA: I may be bias b/c I'm a teacher :)

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13

I read an interesting article today (can try to find it if anyone wants to see it..) that talked about how the "enrollment" for homeschooling is growing 7x faster than the enrollment for public school elementary grades. I thought it was very interesting that so many people were starting to turn to home education.

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
8th Jun '13

I don't think it's a good idea in a lot of cases. I admit public and private schools are flawed, but ALL homeschooling parents I know personally are failing miserable.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting A❤T=P&W:" I don't think it's a good idea in a lot of cases. I admit public and private schools are flawed, but ALL homeschooling parents I know personally are failing miserable."


This is so odd to me! Not arguing your point, but it is just so odd. I know of one homeschooling family who I think needs to hang it up. But the other....50 or so? Amazing! Their children are so well educated, well spoken, have great friendships, etc.

Crazy Train 18 kids; Killeen, Texas 1478 posts
8th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting homes cool:</b>" I read an interesting article today (can try to find it if anyone wants to see it..) that talked about ... [snip!] ... public school elementary grades. I thought it was very interesting that so many people were starting to turn to home education."</blockquote>




I read that same article!!

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 26123 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting A❤T=P&W:" I don't think it's a good idea in a lot of cases. I admit public and private schools are flawed, but ALL homeschooling parents I know personally are failing miserable."


This. It usually is a special circumstances type thing where kids thrive in, but as the norm, honestly a LOT of kids are left behind and don't get the proper schooling they need.

Devil Duckie 3 kids; New York 48700 posts
8th Jun '13

I think it depends on the kid and the school. Our school is full of incompetent arrogant shits. My daughter is starting kindergarten. I think she'll be fine. She's one smart little cookie who won't take any bullshit. My son is just as smart, but much more shy and timid. He's not ding well and if I could convince my husband,I'd home school him in a heartbeat.

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" This is so odd to me! Not arguing your point, but it is just so odd. I know of one homeschooling family ... [snip!] ... hang it up. But the other....50 or so? Amazing! Their children are so well educated, well spoken, have great friendships, etc. "


I know it's possible, I've just never seen it. Admittedly I don't know a lot of families that do, but a fair number.
one women is illiterate, literally.
one is overly religious and teaches things like "why is the giraffe's next long?" Because wants it to be"....

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting A❤T=P&W:" I know it's possible, I've just never seen it. Admittedly I don't know a lot of families that do, but ... [snip!] ... literally. one is overly religious and teaches things like "why is the giraffe's next long?" Because wants it to be"...."


Oh goodness, that's awful. The homeschoolers I know, minus that one, they all care deeply about their child's education. It is very hard to find unbiased reports on homeschooling/public schools though to pull up statistics and what not. But from the reports that I've always read, homeschoolers do fabulous on the tests they are required to take -- generally above their peers. I think that says something about the homeschooling community at large. There will always be people who aren't qualified, who don't care, or who are lazy. Bottom line is, I think, that parents need to be involved in their child's education. Homeschool, private school, public school - doesn't matter. Parents should be involved and make sure they're doing what needs to be done for their child.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13
user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" Oh goodness, that's awful. The homeschoolers I know, minus that one, they all care deeply about their ... [snip!] ... public school - doesn't matter. Parents should be involved and make sure they're doing what needs to be done for their child."


absolutely!



I have toyed with the idea of homeschooling, but I just don't think I am qualified and capable of doing it on my own (i'll have my master's in ed next year, lol)

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60837 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting A❤T=P&W:" absolutely! I have toyed with the idea of homeschooling, but I just don't think I am qualified and capable of doing it on my own (i'll have my master's in ed next year, lol)"


You're way too hard on yourself! I am using a pre-made curriculum. I'm following almost all of their recommendations (except for math, I'm using another wonderful curriculum.) I feel more comfortable doing that than trying ot piece it all together on my own. Just makes me feel more confident, and secure in what we're doing. I love it though. My kids are young, so we're still learning the ins and outs, but so far we've had awesome success with it. We're involved in co-ops (basically, a school day for homeschool kids where they have another teacher for an hour or two..), and many other activities.