reply to post by mumma in pyjamas
Where I live, the state has guidelines that require a homeschooling parent to teach the basics. Reading, writing and arithmetic.
We homeschooled our daughter in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. At the end of each traditional school year, our daughter was given a test made
up by the state so they could track her progress in the basics.
We decided that it would be in her best interest that we send her to public schools from the 3rd to 6th grades so she could improve on her social
skills. Although alot of homeschooling parents find networks of other homeschoolers and take group field trips so their kids can socially interact
with their peers.
Remember too, traditional schools typically last about 8 hours a day. You can homeschool your child during those same 8 hours. Some school
districts let homeschoolers participate in their extracurricular activities, like football or chess. A public school is partially funded by the taxes
paid by the people in the community. Therefore, the child of the parent[s] who live and pay taxes into that community has a right to participate.
Just because a child is homeschooled, doesn't mean they will be socially retarded. The child will be as socially active as the parent wants
him/her to be. As much as a traditionally schooled child.Those kids you talked about as being on a different wavelength, it sounds to me like the
parents used the homeschooling environment to not so much teach their children, as to indoctrinate them into their own way of seeing reality. And
since that more than likely didn't jibe with the rest of society, they ended up being on a different wavelength then their peers. And that's sad.
Think about this though, take two children being taught in public schools. One lives in rural Montana, the other lives in the Bronx. After 8 years
of schooling, they meet face to face. I can guarentee you they will be on different wavelengths. Why? Because of their different environments, and
what they were taught in school BECAUSE of their different environments.
In short, I would rather my daughter be homeschooled because that way, I KNOW what she is being taught. I'm the one teaching her, not somebody
else who doesn't have her best interest at heart. I'm not saying that all public schools are bad, I'm just saying that mine is better for my