Originally posted by Covertblack
I agree with a lot of your points. The only caveat I would put forth is that home school kids need to be immersed with others their age. I can't
tell you how many home schooled kids I have met with poor social skills. Later on in life some of these poor kids grow up and have no idea how to act
around others. So barring that I agree.
I too went to school in Michigan, and to be honest it wasn't all that bad for me. Not trying to say it's the same for all.
25-6-2012 by Covertblack because: (no reason given)
Socialization is many parents' primary concern when considering home school.
But the socialization in public school is completely artificial and doesn't mimic "the real world" in any way, shape or form. At what other time
in his life will your child work with 29 other individuals who are all his own age? honestly, a one-room-school would be a better preparation for a
modern work environment, where you are employed alongside people of wildly varying ages and backgrounds...
Secondly, public school does a piss-poor job of socializing children. They follow the exact same model found in medium security prisons: the
strongest individuals who have been institutionalized the longest form competing cliques from which they dictate the social order, crushing the will
of any loner or rebel who speaks up or otherwise fails to conform.
Without the hours of homework to fill his afternoon, your child can join a host of organizations that teach civic virtues, from B'nai Brith to the
Boyscouts. Many of these non-state-controlled bodies instill character and teach important life lessons and values. Programs like 4 H give
specialized instruction, that public-school kids frankly don't have time for.
In most medium to large cities, you can find a homeschool association that hosts field-trips to museums and zoos, provides and rates competing
curricula, and even helps prepare children to take any state-mandated tests.
In all honesty, speaking as a parent involved in homeschooling, your biggest headache may be your local public school---they will try to intimidate
you into "coming back," because they lose federal dollars every time a child leaves their system, and there is a steady flow of kids out of the
There are a number of national and local groups that can help. Most important is the Home School Legal Defense Association, which can help you find a
lawyer if you live in a state where homeschoolers are harrased by school board officials.
My kids have all had some variety of homeschool. Some state education departments have actually become supporters of homeschool. In Oklahoma, their
state's department determined that a child in public school only gets ELEVEN hours of actual instruction per week, and that the other 24 hours are
filled with basically "standing in line and attending pep rallies." The document I read by the Oklahoma Education authority said that they thought
most homeschool parents were not particularly astute educators, but that the kids easily made up for it because practically every kid got well over 11
hours of instruction per week, and easily achieved the 85th percentile, even without special assistance from "professional educators." That report
went on to note that so many teachers hold only a "provisional certificate" that most college educated parents had as much schooling as many of the
teachers refered to as experts by the unions.