posted on Mar, 6 2008 @ 01:54 PM
I had to laugh at the comments concerning homeschooling for religious/conservative reasons. That does not describe me or a lot of the homeschoolers I
I am not required to test my children, but I choose to do so every other year. I am continually amazed at the results I see.
After homeschooling for only 6 months, my children tested 40% higher in Math (their “worst” subject) than they had on the same National
Standardized Test just the year before, or any year previous, in public school.
By the time 2 of my kids reached 9th grade age, they were testing at college level-2nd year or higher in every subject but one (that one subject
depended on the kid). In the one subject that was lower, they were testing at 12th grade level. My “8th grader” is testing at 12th grade level
or higher. This is using the same standardized tests they use in public school. These same kids tested at grade level or one level above when they
were in public school. This is after 5 years of homeschooling. And believe me, we don't push hard. So my kids will start college courses as soon
as they turn 16. It's getting really hard to adhere to state standards and still make school interesting when they've met all the state standards
by the time they are 15.
My youngest, who would be in Kindergarten in public school, is doing 4th grade work. And this is the first year I have “formally taught” her.
We definitely do not have a problem with socialization. Stop by my house any day and you will find a minimum of 6 “extra” kids. My children are
friends with kids who homeschool and kids who go to public school. They play organized sports, belong to groups, go to dances, etc. The difference
is that they get to choose who they spend time with. They don't have to worry about someone making their life hell at school because they don't go
along with the crowd. And they have much better friends because of that. At the same time, they are not sheltered. They are put in situations where
they might not like or get along with people they have to be around, and they are learning how to still be productive in such an environment.
My children can have lengthy discussions with adults just as easily as they can with their peers. They are prepared for living on their own, making
major purchases, handling finances, entering the workforce, caring for family, being part of a community......
I feel I am preparing my children well for the “real world”. Hopefully, I am also preparing them to be happy in the “real world”. That's
all I want afterall.