Homeschooling is Great, But it Sure Makes it Hard to Pick Teams.

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You Have to Do What is Right for Your Child.As you can probably guess, I am not the world’s biggest fan of homeschooling.

I have gone through the public education system as a student, taught in it as a teacher, and currently work as an administrator. I don’t seem to be too badly damaged; unless you count the facial tic and the constant paranoia (of course it isn’t paranoia if everyone is out to get you, it is just good common sense).

That being said, I am partial to our country’s public school system.

I do try to understand parents who choose to home school their children. In my mind, you must respect people who care enough about their kids and their education to make this type of commitment.

Personally, I am the terrible person who was counting down the days until my child started school full-time so that I wouldn’t have to pay for daycare (is that wrong?).

It is a huge challenge to take on educating your own kids. In today’s world I think everyone knows of a family who has undertaken homeschooling, and they have usually been quite successful with their kids.

These children are usually very strong academically.

Proponents of homeschooling will point to high ACT and SAT scores as examples of how much these students have learned as they are about to enter college.

A lot of these children benefit from parents who are really concerned about education. These parents can have the highest academic standards, but I still feel like the kids are missing something.

When I went to school, the academic part was only a small portion of what I learned.

Sure, I learned Math, Science, Social Studies, and English (actually bad example, I learned jack squat in English). But I did learn how to sew, weld, draw, socialize, type, and play dodge ball (or as Coach called it… “The Freshmen Must Die”).

He was a wise man. I can remember him telling us that if we paid attention in all of our classes and God willing, we would only be freshman for one year. And he said there wasn’t a game called… “The Sophomores Must Die”.

You should never underestimate a man who wears shorts and a whistle every day. He certainly picked up some wisdom during his 6 1/2 years of college.

How does this apply to home-schooled children? I think they do get a strong academic background, but they miss out on so much more.

When I think about my K-12 education, I am seldom reminded of specific academic subjects. I can’t tell you about a math lesson or an English test (mainly because I didn’t understand).

But I can recall field trips, conversations in the hallway, an incident with a belt sander in the shop, and surviving dodge ball (Thanks, Coach).

School is about learning. Some in the classroom, but more in the hallway, on the bus, at recess, in PE, and at practice.

Everyone should go to at least one dance, have their own locker, be on an organized team that wins and loses together. At least one time in your life you should also live in fear that you might get hit by a dodge ball if you don’t pay attention and keep your mouth shut.

When you are homeschooled you are probably gaining a lot, but I think you could be missing more.

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12 Responses to “Homeschooling is Great, But it Sure Makes it Hard to Pick Teams.”


  1. Dawn
    on Dec 5th, 2007
    @ 6:35 am

    [One blog I checked out today was The Principle’s Page and there staring me in the face was the post, HOMESCHOOLING IS GREAT, BUT IT SURE MAKES IT HARD TO PICK TEAMS.]


  2. COD
    on Dec 5th, 2007
    @ 10:56 am

    Education is about learning. School is one way to organize education, but it is not the only way. In fact, school frequently interferes with learning.


  3. Corey
    on Dec 5th, 2007
    @ 6:58 pm

    Homeschoolers can not only tell you about their previous academic education but of their love of learning. To me, that’s more important than taking a dodgeball in the face. But, that’s just me.

    Oh-my homeschooled child is on many teams after school, has attended dances, knows how to type–and socialize. So…not feeling you here:

    When I think about my K-12 education, I am seldom reminded of specific academic subjects.


  4. nrb5
    on Dec 5th, 2007
    @ 9:39 pm

    Over my teaching career I have had many home-schooled students enter my “public school classroom”. Although I know there are many exceptionally well-educated home-schooled students, I have personally never had one transfer into my classroom who wasn’t seriously disadvantaged, both socially and academically.


  5. Dawn
    on Dec 6th, 2007
    @ 12:24 pm

    nrb5 – That’s probably to be expected. A lot of the ones who are successful at homeschooling probably keep homeschooling and won’t end up in your class.


  6. Todd S.
    on Dec 6th, 2007
    @ 1:57 pm

    I don’t want to be rude, but isn’t it PrincipalsPage not Principle’s Page. Spelling is so important in public education or a home schooling situation. I am joking. Very interesting topic.


  7. Jen
    on Dec 6th, 2007
    @ 9:49 pm

    Homeschooling appeals to me in the abstract, but not so much when I think about reality.

    If I didn’t think that there were so many things about *public school* (and an urban one at that) that were very important and can’t be taught by any one person, I’d be all over it. But, we’re shy, quiet, keep to ourselves enough as is!

    If I didn’t think that public school was doing my kids a big favor, well then, homeschooling’s next on my list, ’cause I’m way too cheap to pay. ;-D


  8. Dave Meister
    on Dec 7th, 2007
    @ 8:22 pm

    Mr. Principalspage dude,

    You better run fast and go south! The homeschool people are meaner than that chocolate milk kid! And at least down south they have some good football!


  9. Kelly Christopherson
    on Dec 10th, 2007
    @ 12:38 pm

    How could you? There are groups you can make jests about but this is not one of them. Actually, if you run far enough south, you’ll get to where they have good cigars, your savings will allow you to live on the beach for 30 years selling old sea-shells to tourists and the beer/rum is not bad (depends how far south you go!) I’d start now – be afraid. Be very afraid.


  10. Andrea
    on Dec 17th, 2007
    @ 7:11 am

    Yeah…

    I am sure my homeschooled kids need the exact same experiences I had in school including but not limited to sexual harassment, not learning jack squat in history, being humiliated out of liking math, and being passed over for scholarships by kids with a lower GPA. (still haven’t figured out why the guidance counselor never even gave me the application).

    Since homeschool proms are plentiful, and my kids have no problems getting on organized sports teams (though they hate them), I think we’ll be OK.

    But you may have a point with dodge ball. I think I’ll go purchase a dodge ball right away and lob it at their heads for good measure!

    (PS. your humor is entertaining.)


  11. Lincoln Welders
    on Dec 8th, 2008
    @ 11:02 am

    It’s easy to pick teams!! right hand versus left hand.

    But right hand always wins, unless your left handed.


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