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Reader Poll: “Have you considered home schooling?”

In Parenting, Schools, Values on December 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers:

“In an effort to thwart the negative educational & cultural influences assaulting your children, how seriously have you considered homeschooling?”

Here’s how our readers responded:

17 percent       Won’t be considering it

33 percent       Starting to contemplating it

33 percent       Watching closely and will probably start

17 percent       Already homeschooling

 

 

 

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  1. Negative experiences aren’t the only reason to homeschool, I get so annoyed when people treat it like “yeah I guess we HAVE to with this world we are living in, but I heard of this great charter school you should check out instead,” like HS is some kind of trajedy–even in the news a family that decides to hs after an incident is treated like their child died or something.

    Other reasons that I’d homeschool even when presented with a dream charter school:
    1) Age: School doesn’t really start getting scholarly until junior, high, or college depending on your perspective. There’s a reason your five year old only has one teacher and only 30 minutes of math per week, and then is cared for/plays the rest of the time. To sit down to core subjects all day long would be cruel at this age, but to only go to school for academics and then come home for everything else would make school only an hour long. (Wouldn’t it be neat if teachers could have one-hour appointments daily instead?) Also unless you only plop your child in front of entertainment all day and avoid teaching them, going to school too early also provides no academic advantage. When are we going to stand up to the constant lowering of school age–when we need to register children for school in the delivery room?

    2) Self-sufficency/Community: All putting a middle or upper class child in a public classroom does is taxes your neighbors more (the average state spends $10,000 per year per child in public school–private school is only $2,000, and HS is less than half that), makes the classroom size larger–which is harder on teachers. It’s also harder on children who actually need the educational welfare program–the fact that all their peers are taking all of the good grades and awards and teacher pride isn’t helping them get ahead of their disadvantaged life. It’s the only welfare program billionaires can get on, and it’s the only welfare program in the USA where you can’t use the money privately (you don’t have to go to the public doctor if you are on medicaid or the public grocery store if you are on food stamps–but I don’t think we’ll ever see textbook stamps for poor parents that prefer to homeschool– save vouchers for accredited private schools that agree to change their schools to resemble the state more).

    3) Developmental/Academic Advantage: I have to laugh when people say that their child will do better once they can afford to move to that rich neighborhood’s school that will make all their dreams come true. The only reason the rich school is doing well is because their parents are more involved in their life and tutor them more. They will learn the same curriculum at the rich school, but need to compete against better students which will drive their grades down not up. It’s the poor schools that get all the donations and special programs and Teach For America teachers that are paid big bucks to teach in poor areas. The truth is grades are an illusion of who you are competing against–local test scores say more about demographics than teachers. The real secret to successful students are adults involved in their child’s life, which is why hs students thrive so well in so many areas. In fact it was the natural movement, not religious complaints that started the hs movement.

    4) Dream curriculum: You can argue until your brains fall out at PTA, you will never change the curriculum substantially, only enough to boot out some controversies. Wish to focus more on world history at an earlier age, teach about your ancestry, avoid pets are people too books, or change the method used to teach reading? Good luck. Yet people insist that people just keep their children in so they can use them as a political pawn at PTA–they call teaching your own children “abandoning” the school, it’s not like joining third party politics, this is a decision that brings instant lifelong lasting results. The more parents make their own choices the more politicians will cater educational laws to them, and the more public schools will benefit because now the teacher can tutor a few needy children instead of juggling 30.

  2. Sorry that was so lengthy, but I’ve got a 5th one if anyone cares,
    Separating Education and State: We wouldn’t dream of the government controlling our churches, so why do we let them control how we raise our children? Of course these examples can be fixed with complaints and legislation, but what did you expect when you took this free handout, that they wouldn’t use your money to try and determine what they felt was in the best interest of your child? People are so silly: I thought they would just raise my child how I wanted them to for free no strings attached–seriously? Many schools are now controlling even lunches brought from home, think whole milk is good for your child’s growth and development, or think adding a little chocolate may get them to drink it–it may get confiscated. And it’s not just health values, plenty of un-approved by you organizations are anxious to host my-turn-to-indoctrinate assemblies and classroom presentations under the guise of responsibility or tolerance or patriotism, etc… Don’t bank all your hopes on your child being a spy–like they tell you everything they learned today.

  3. Meagan,

    Your reasons are interesting. I have dabbled in homeschooling because the one size fits all education doesn’t fit everyone of my kids educational needs. I really like the independence of homeschooling. Public school works better for other of my children. People may want to know that there are “stamps for books” now. You just have to get the right online school. They use tax money to get books, computers, and online classes paid for each student. It is only around $2,000 per student, though.

  4. Diane, that is pretty interesting, but I’m confused because you said that you have to do it online. An online school isn’t considered a homeschooling method by most homeschooling parents I know, and the HSLDA refuses to acknowledge it. They also don’t have as good of academic outcomes as old-fashioned homeschooling–and then parents tell themselves homeschooling didn’t work very well for their child, when it’s really the method. Just because a child’s classroom chair happens to be at home doesn’t make it homeschooling. When I meant textbook stamps I meant like poor families being able to go down to Barnes and Nobles and pick up any educational book and not have to have it be necessarily a part of some kind of accredited pre-vetted curriculum. Ex: a book on world geography made by someone passionate about the subject who might really draw a child in and spark conversation between parent and child, not a government approved 4th grade geography online workbook companion edition 3 meant to bore a child to death and have them report activities back to a online evaluator to make sure they aren’t progressing or falling behind their assigned grade level. There are books on how to homeschool for free, why would a parent and child enjoying the beauty of learning together sacrifice all they are learning at such a low cost because the same child might also do fine spending $2,000 to learn at a computer or in a formal setting. Why should homeschooling only be for those not doing well?

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