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.