Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I’m currently seriously considering homeschooling my children so I’ve been gathering information for awhile now, this Hub has been very helpful. Thanks so much for this info. I do not home school but I would if I had the time. I agree that our school systems are more focused on the discipline of the kids. Teachers don’t take the time to make sure that the child understands what they are teaching them. It’s more of keeping up of with the schools’ criteria. When a parent homeschools than the child is sure to learn. I volunteer for an hour a week with a homeschool group. It has been a culture shock. I find the children disrespectful and unable to follow direction in large groups. They become overwhelmed if it isn’t all about them and stop playing a game and pout or start crying and run to mommy. The age of the kids are 5yrs to 8yrs. I would never homeschool.
We don’t home school, but I think the alleged social benefits of a standard school are at best wildly exaggerated. If parents are not at all social, then neither will their child be and that child will get harassed at school making it an even more unpleasant experience. Chances are they’ll leave school both socially awkward and lacking confidence in themselves. At least if home schooled they might come out socially awkward, but self-confident. We don’t home school simply because I’m the parent better qualified to do it and I’m the primary income earner. Luckily we have our pick of schools and can choose to send our child to one that does not follow conventional teaching methods (which I found incredibly tedious as a child). Supposed social benefits of school were not even a factor. I am NOT in favor with homeschooling, its abnormal! I find TL’s comment rather odd.
I have never met any homeschooled child like that. When my daughter was in preschool, she never bothered to approach and play with other children at the playground. Since she has been homeschooled, she does it all the time. The thing I have noticed is that few kids her age ever approach her to play. She always has to make the first move. Most are very happy when my daughter asks to play with them. I’m sure the vast majority of these kids attend public school. If these kids are so well socialized, why is my child always the one who has to initiate play? As a military family, it is vital for my children to be able to learn in a consistent way in a consistent environment. Moving every 3-4 years is very stressful for children and learning to find friends and adapt to new situations begins taking priority vs school work.
I have found, for many military families, that homeschooling is the way to go! The frequent moves and separations are endured much easier when there is a strong family bond vs a strong peer bond. Children also have a better continuity in their education when it travels with them from place to place, instead of learning to adapt to new curriculums. I know homeschooling isn’t for everyone, especially when it comes to the socialization aspect. However, if education is the main focus and is supported with frequent socialization in the community (ie. On a personal note, I went to public school and feel it held me back a great deal! I learned to socialize, but that was my main focus. My school was so over crowded, it was hard to always pay attention in a class packed with students. Looking back, I wish I would have been more education centered. After entering college, some of my homeschooled peers would tutor me because they had learned the value of education long before I did.
They also had no problem socializing! Some of them were far more outspoken than me and had great leadership abilities! Homeschooling can be a really great thing if the proper organization and preparation is first put into place! It depends on the school system that has been provided for you. Here in Canada I’ve never heard my children complain about school. Well sure everyone kid has their issues with their school life but I haven’t heard of a problem with the material or fellow class mates that wasn’t resolved. I also guess that some parents may pay too much attention to the stereotypes that are associated with public schools and all the “drama”. But like I said maybe that’s what it is like in the States because I have yet to hear of these kinds of problems. I am a preschool teacher and in the summer time we run a camp.