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  • Yes, I homeschool

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  • No, I don't homeschool

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  • Yes, it's a viable option

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    Re: Homeschooling

    My main concern is that the parent isn't disciplined or qualified to teach their children at home. I think however offering school choice outside the public school system is the real answer. These are schools with licensed educators where often a liberal arts education is offered that promotes critical thinking. Not like No Child Left Behind or Common Core where learning the answers to specific questions in order to pass a series of tests and often not understanding the why except it is the correct answer really sucks!

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    Re: Homeschooling

    Homeschooling is in fact illegal here.

    I remember that some years ago the father of a family which had it`s children homeschooled was even sentenced to serve time in jail.

    To give you a better understanding of this, these laws are meant to prevent parents from indoctrinating their children in undemocratic, uneducational or antisocial ways (teaching them racism, fascist ideologies or raising them with an "education" that wont be able to get them a job later in life.).

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    Re: Homeschooling

    I think most public schools are crap. I learned next to nothing during my entire time in public high school - plus there was the bullying (I avoided it because I was pretty big, but I saw/heard of it go on a fair bit). And I learned far more in a month in a private school (granted, an expensive one) then I learned in a year in a public one.
    Outside of social reasons and they are semi-'free'...I see no good reason to send children to public school. Unfortunately, most people cannot afford private school.

    As for homeschooling, it TOTALLY depends on the parents. And there is that lack of social skills worry...though if your child is a member of a lot of clubs/team sports, I think that concern is minimized.
    Basically, if the parents are reasonably intelligent, well-adjusted and very good parents; then I think home schooling can be FAR superior to public school. Lot of 'if's' there though.
    Last edited by DA60; 04-17-14 at 08:56 PM.

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    Re: Homeschooling

    Usually homeschooled kids are one side of the bell curve. Either they're academically superior to those who are homeschooled, or are given no structure and end up without rudimentary skills.

    As far as socialization, same thing. If coddled, they can be ill-prepared for society, but they can also be very well-adjusted.

    People who think only negatives about homeschooling are probably less worldly than the children they're slandering. Also, full integration into society isn't always great, since much of society is f'ed up.

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    Re: Homeschooling

    I was homeschooled and my therapist says I'm just fine.

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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?
    I've homeschool our two special needs kids at various points when they were younger. There's a lot more to school than people realize and when your children can't quite function in a busy environment you really end up without a choice.

    It's viable and necessary *sometimes*

    But it's not ideal for *everyone* - it requires organization, attention to detail, dedication, and a lot of tylenol.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    I have one family member who was homeschooled from pre-school through 12th grade. When he was ready for highschool, his parents enrolled him in the public school so he could participate in HS activities. Within two weeks he was begging to come home. "They are teaching stuff I was learning 3 years ago" he said, "And they waste so much time." So his mom and dad, neither who have more than a HS education themselves, took him on through his senior year. He sailed through his SATs scoring in the upper 90 percentile, and finished his bachelor's degree is a little over 3 years. He is one of the most outgoing, gregarious, well-adjusted, popular young men anybody would hope to meet--a national rodeo champion--and has more than 1000 friends on his Facebook page.

    Our church sponsors a program called AWANA that has some 400 kids in it--most of them are not members of our church. Almost all are homeschooled. The city has probably a half dozen other AWANA groups meeting in other places. These kids are bright, extremely well informed, well mannered, all have lots of friends, and it is extremely rare that one gets involved with illegal substances or runs afoul of the law. Almost all go on to good universities and do very well. The AWANA kids generally can boast better records than our regular youth group most of whom are attending public schools.

    National statistics overall show that homeschooled kids excel academically over all other groups--private schools come next--parochial schools next--and public school come in dead last.

    I was public schooled as were my children. But I am a huge fan of home schooling.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    No, I don't use it, I don't have children.
    Yes. It's a viable option. Especially for those who cannot afford private schools. It is one of only two known ways to avoid Liberal/socialist brainwashing of the public schools.
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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Of course. However, evolution is ultimately just one small aspect of that. It's also an aspect that doesn't necessarily exist on a "need to know" basis anyway.

    Simply being vaguely aware of evolution as a concept (which is what the vast majority of public school graduates are) doesn't serve any particular benefit that I am aware of.

    It's like being able to name all fifty states. It's esoteric trivia more than anything else.
    Some piece of knowledge being ultimately peripheral in importance and that same knowledge being specifically quashed has very different ends...and different consequences. Learning the 50 states only to visit fourteen of them vs. being deliberately told that there are no 49 other states so as not to contradict the idea that one's own state is the only one are completely different things.


    I don't disagree, but I don't think it's necessarily "harming" anyone either. The vast majority of these kids will be introduced to the concept in college anyway.

    They can either take it or leave it there.
    I disagree. When the attempt to constrict a person's knowledge of the world (universe) is deliberate and ideological in origin that is harmful.
    The same still applies. What evidence is there to suggest that they are any less "logical" than anyone else?
    Heh. Next time I run into a homeschooler who proudly uses all of the who's who of logical fallacies I'll let you know and you tell me.
    I'd agree that it's a pretty stupid argument.

    By the same token, however, have you seen some of the crap people educated in the public educational system believe?
    I'm sure there's some pretty stupid crap out there. As I said before, there are legitimately bad school systems even here in California, the details of which were frankly shocking to a good, freshly scrubbed New Englander like myself. And while that is often the pretext for homeschooling, the homeschoolers I myself encounter are almost invariably of the religious, ideological type.

    I won't name names, but there's a particular ultra-Left Wing poster here on DP who is basically notorious for posting those kinds of goofy propagandistic arguments. I think you know who. lol
    Actually I'm not familiar with that person, at least not so that I'd automatically know who you're referring to.
    Last edited by Cardinal; 04-17-14 at 09:24 PM.

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    Re: Homeschooling

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Every home-schooled person I have ever met is badly socially adjusted. I know parents who home-school who really try to involve their kids in outside activities to socialize them, however, many don't....and even those who do are not always successful.
    I've had the same experience. One of the most important parts of being in school is learning to socialize with people around you. Without that vital training, people will be ill-adjusted.

    Liberal/socialist agenda? The ideas of Darwin are not some secret liberal agenda, denying them won't make them go away, it will only retard scientific progress in our country and allow others to surpass us.
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