That video is so funny. I can no stop laughing. Several of my sisters are homeschooling their children and they like to make jokes about homeschooling. Fortunately my nieces and nephews are not the stereo typical home school kids who are weird and unsocialized.
I was NOT homeschooled, nor will I ever homeschool my child. I think that being homeschooled hinders a child's socializing ability. I'm not saying that happens always, but how are they going to learn to interact with other people if all they see is their parents and/or siblings? It doesn't make sense to me. Besides, I've seen several family members/ family friends/ etc. and they seriously missed an experience being homeschooled. I look at them, and I seriously believe that their education was inferior to my public education.
@futureburgerkingemployee@xanga - I guess it all depends on your perspective. While I don't homeschool my kids, my hat goes off to homeschoolers for the dedication it takes. I do know of many families who do homeschool, and out of the whole lot of em there's only one family that has children who do seem to be social "mis-fits" (for lack of a better word). The rest of those kids are quite social and behave well.
It's also well documented evidence that many homeschooled children score above average in nation wide testing. It really does depend on the family and the children. I wouldn't agree at all that homeschool education is inferior to public education, sometimes - the way things are going today - I'd think the opposite is true!
@glorious_and_free@xanga - There are so many resources out there today, anyone can do an excellent job educating their children. Just give it a try! Back when my parents started, it was a lot tougher...now you can find dozens of curriculums to choose from or you can make your own. Plus there are co-op classes in many cities that help your older children when you feel you can't teach them well enough.
@futureburgerkingemployee@xanga - I have done everything with my kids - public school, home school, and private Christian school. It is possible to get a good or bad education in any environ. Given a decently dedicated and educated parent, however, you cannot help but get a better education via homeschooling where the curriculum is tailored exactly to your child. With my very bright son we finished kindergarten in 3 months and continued to work ahead in his areas of giftedness. This has caused some difficulties getting him back into school, but there is no doubt that he learned MUCH more from me than at school where most of the day is spent disciplining children whose parents have abdicated all responsibility of raising them.
The socializing concern is such a pile of manure I can't believe people still cite it constantly. Yes, when homeschooling first began to be noticed some kids were isolated, just like people who live way out in the country can be isolated, and yes, I do know some home schooled children who are less mature, but, I don't know, since my 3rd grader came home asking me what a lesbian was, a little immaturity seems preferable. But honestly, in this day and age, I don't know any homeschooling families who don't have their kids in a co-op for classes like PE, art, and foreign language, or in sports, music, church or other activities where they actually MEET people. And frankly school socialization isn't all that great anyway. There are cliques and infighting and swearing and bullying. I really want my kids to learn about those.
Bottom line - no educational style is perfect and you have to figure out what each of your children's needs are. I swore I would never homeschool and yet I ended up homeschooling for 4 years. It was definitely the right thing, just as now it is the right thing that I am not teaching them. Oddly enough there is a small part of me that misses it, mainly because I can see how little they are being challenged in schools that teach to the middle at best, and usually the lower middle. I believe the majority of Americans will be functionally illiterate within 2 generations. Thank you public school!
@glorious_and_free@xanga - try www.beginninghomeschooling.com They have some great resources as well as help you get in contact with people from your state so you have some local help as well. With the curriculum that is now available it is very easy to teach and do a great job with your children.
I was homeschooled all they way through and any one will tell you that I'm anything BUT unsocialized or a misfit. It definitely depends on the family and how they structure their schooling and outside activities. There is so much available to homeschoolers these days (sports, debate, speech, prom, spelling bees, coops, concurrent enrollement at community colleges) that it is very easy for kids to "get out of the house" and be around people besides parents and siblings. I can't believe people still use that argument!
@futureburgerkingemployee@xanga - While I wasn't homeschooled nor would I homeschool my future children, I believe you've got the wrong idea about homeschooling. Homeschooling today is much different from that of the past. Schools districts check in on homeschooling, and there are many programs for homeschooled children to get together socially and educationally. This may depend on where you live (some districts do very little to care for their homeschooled students, and others monitor it very closely, which is important), but homeschooling can be very prosperous and does not hinder a child's education or social abilities - that would be the parents who don't know how to properly homeschool.
@Fool4Christ410@xanga - I suppose I'm biased I went to a GREAT small town public school. We were fourth in the state [the others were private schools]. Point is, I had classes that most of the kids in my area school district couldn't even begin to start.
That was a cute video...as far as homeschooling...I was not home schooled, but my husband was...and our children will be homeschooled...i seriously had a very bad view of homeschooling growing up b/c I thought homeschoolers lacked social skills, and etc. But my husband is the most social creature you will find, he can talk to anyone any age about anything. He also is very intelligent, b/c his education was tailored to him and his learning style and pace. He also got to do a lot of cool things that I never got to do in public or private school...while I was visiting Washington DC for the 5th time, he got to go and take a tour of the inside of a hydro dam, go to yellow stone for a field trip, had "sun" days with his family instead of "snow" days. Was very involved with extra activites...He had such a larger schooling experience then I ever had the chance in school. Home schooling is what the parents make it.
@futureburgerkingemployee@xanga - I disagree with homeschoolers not being properly socialized. We are members of a few different homeschool groups that socialize a lot toghether. We go on fieldtrips and vacations together. Our church also plays a big role in their socialization. My children will learn to socailize with all age levels not just one peer group. I think this is by far better than sitting in one room with 30 children of the same age.