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  • Yes, I homeschool

    6 8.22%
  • No, I don't homeschool

    24 32.88%
  • Yes, it's a viable option

    49 67.12%
  • No, it's a dumb idea

    15 20.55%
  • I don't care

    7 9.59%
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    You brought up the concept of "helping" into the ordeal of education. Whether those may or may not help is a different issue.

    My issue is that multiple perspectives should be shared in class so as to expose students to the real world. Not to a bubble made of similarly minded peers for that may bring group-think, freeze thing, and other unwanted psycho-social problems later.
    Yes, I understand that and agree that everyone should have some universality. I just worry a lot about sacrificing good education on the altar of diversity. When I am trying to learn math, science, language, I think that it dilutes things. And while I agree that any history or social science will have a bias introducing several other biases will not greatly improve things. To overly simplify, history from Jefferson's perspective is going to be different from some slave's perspective or some woman's perspective but there are a near infinite number of other perspectives (by economic class, by prior nationality, by sexual orientation, by political views, by state/region/geographic, etc. and we are only fooling ourselves if we add 2 or 3 different views and call ourselves exposed to diversity. All we are doing is creating a slightly differently biased view of realities. There must be a better way of getting across the idea of different viewpoints without trying the ridiculously impossible task of enumerating them.

    EDIT: And we are creating the lie and destructive notion that all blacks are alike, all women are alike, etc.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Do you homeschool your children and do you think you think it's a viable option for other families?
    No, but I've encountered some home schooled students who were very well educated. A few who were not. So, it's a viable option.

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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    I have never seen anyone who went to school and came out with those kinds of problems unless they had a mental disorder. I have seen lazy people, but not people who are simply unable to relate to adults at all.

    I am not claiming this is a statistic. And it's entirely dependent on how one goes about homeschooling. My only point was how important point B) actually is. At least around here, it seems like these kids don't get much socialization. And in fact, some homeschool parents choose to do so for the express purpose of sheltering their children from the outside world.
    I've seem plenty come out of public education with significant social problems and phobias. Maybe you're just allowing natural bias to skew perception.
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    I do not believe in home-schooling but in the US the situation might be a bit different than here in the Netherlands. Here in the Netherlands I am happy with the policy of not allowing home-schooling, we have mandatory school attendance for everyone until the age of 18. If people do not send their children to school they will have the truancy officer contacting them and if that does not help they will have to go to court for their truant children.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    As to school shootings, our high school, Arapahoe High School, had a school shooting in December 2013. I learned about the shooting as it was in progress (before it was on the news and before we learned that "only" one person had been shot). The thought did not escape me that save for our decision to home school, my daughter would be there day and I would be panicked In fact, the one girl that was shot and killed was a very good friend of a girl that lives across the street.... my hair turned grayer that day.
    So, so scary. Colorado has had some pretty bad luck over the last few years.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Okay, so name a single way in which a non-scientific layperson is going to be objectively harmed by being taught one version of creation over another.
    It harms their ability to think critically and rationally about the world around them. Studies show that the religious are much more likely to follow other forms of woo beliefs and be taken in by shysters. Once you allow in one bit of mind poison, you're much more likely to do the same with others.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    It harms their ability to think critically and rationally about the world around them. Studies show that the religious are much more likely to follow other forms of woo beliefs and be taken in by shysters. Once you allow in one bit of mind poison, you're much more likely to do the same with others.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I do think your opinion matters because this is an interesting topic and with the exception of some who posted in her to get their digs in at the religious folks who homeschool, it's interesting ot read the opinions.. I'm not posting in here because I'm asking for people to validate what my husband & I decide, which was send our kids to public schools, was the right choice.

    Can you define "diversity" in the public schools or not?
    Yes, people from various backgrounds = diversity.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    Yes, people from various backgrounds = diversity.
    Various backgrounds? Do you think people of varoius backgrounds can only be found in public schools?

    And by background, what do you mean? Country of ancestry? Economic? Societal? Location? Breastfed versus bottle fed? Religious?

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    Homeschooled children can see people from diverse backgrounds in the supermarket, on a sports team, on the television, in their church, at Boy Scouts......diversity is everywhere.

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