Originally posted by Mark2009
I hate to say it but I agree with the Government on this one. Homeschooling for the minority will be great but only for the ones who are truly gifted.
It's easy to say you were home schooled and interacted with society, but what about the kids who live in the middle of nowhere or who have stricter
parents? They'll miss playing for school sports teams, school social events etc.
A lot of the parents who do it are the ones who are fearful for their kids in the school environment so it's their decision then slowly brainwash
the children in to thinking that is what they want.
School is a vital part off life where you learn so much more than education where you get to meet people from different culture's and gain a wide
variety of friends.
I don't mind the gov't setting standards for home schooling, but I'd like to leave it at that.
I'll just say I went to public school and I honestly believe I would have been better off home-schooled. I was socially awkward. I didn't get the
"participation" points that other kids got because I was too shy to say anything in class. The few times that I had to I was completely mortified.
I wasn't always that way - being in that environment MADE me that way. I never really felt like I fit in. I wasn't bullied, but for the most part
no one went out of their way to even acknowledge my existence. I eventually got to a point where is said 'f-it' and did enough work to just get
through. A 'C' average when I graduated. The problem is my educational attitude didn't change when I got to college and I didn't finish. At
times I honestly felt like I was making an effort to get good grades, but looking back I think I could have done a lot better with the attitude I have
I have no problem learning anything that I take interest in. I was a computer geek by 5 - playing games on the Commodore 64 and messing with BASIC by
the time I was 7 or so. Built my own PC at 12. At 15/16 I started messing with Linux back before the world knew what it was and that experience
prepared me VERY well for my current occupation.
In 8th grade I started learning French on my own and that gave me a great start when I took the class in high school. I started teaching myself
Japanese when I got to college.
I've had a good decade to grow and learn on my own. I'm not dumb, never was. I consider myself to be at least somewhat intelligent. Public school,
save for a few classes, never interested me or didn't teach in a way that was compatible with the way I like to learn - hands-on. I am nearly
incapable of learning through reading from a book or copying notes. I need far more involvement than that. I need a context in which to place the
Nowadays I am interested in history, politics, world events, etc. I catch myself actually recognizing names of world leaders being thrown around in
the news. I feel like I've become far more aware of what's happening in the world and it's partially thanks to ATS. =)
I want to home-school my kids because I KNOW I can do better than the public system. You might ask how I think I, as a C student, feel qualified to
teach my kids...
I had a teacher that taught science classes for multiple grade levels. This is a typical day in one of those classes:
sit down, get out your note book. make sure your pen has plenty of ink in it. lights go out. projector turns on. transparency page is placed on
there. GO! you have about 30 seconds to transcribe the entire page into your notebook. after the 30 seconds another page will be displayed while the
WHOLE CLASS lets out a WTF groan because NO ONE got it all. rinse and repeat until the bell rings.
In order to finish the pages I ended up writing only the 1st letter of every word and I BARELY finished at that. My end result was something useless
though. I would argue it was no more useless than the others that only got 1/4 or 1/2 page transcribed. Why did I even bother? Because I would have
gotten in trouble for not doing anything. I barely got D's in those classes even though I actually had a predisposed interest in science. I got a B
average in the next year's science class.
So there you have it. You always hear about the home-schoolers being socially inept and unprepared for the world, but that's EXACTLY what public
school did for me.
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Oh yeah, and my main beef with public education is that they teach NOTHING about the real world. They may try to indirectly - History to help
understand present events, Math for balancing your checkbook and figuring out how far your creditors want to bend you over for using their money,
English for understanding the terms of contracts... I'd like to see them teach finance classes - What's the difference between APR and IRA?
What's health/life insurance and why do I want it?
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