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Nov 1st 2013 new
I was homeschooled all the way from kindergarden to 12th grade. My grandpa was my teacher. It was a very good experience and education. I think there is benefit to having one teacher who knows you and cares about you rather than many teachers who don't know you very well. I am excited about homeschooling my own son soon.
Nov 2nd 2013 new
There are many advantages and disadvantages to homeschooling.

The biggest advantage is avoidance of indoctrination into lines of thinking contrary to the faith. As secularism has grown more openly hostile, it has sharpened its efforts to defeat all Christian influence in the culture. Knowing exactly where your student should be, dealing with sensitive topics (e.g. sexuality) on your schedule (e.g. 5th grade, not 5 yrs old), and avoidance of nasty surprises (e.g. suspicious boyfriends wink). And a school day that fits the student's circadian rhythms (i.e. no nodding off in class).

There are also disadvantages. Homeschooling can be very insular, leading to culture shock in college, or a transition from homeschooling to traditional schooling. Homeschooling may require the parents to be knowledgeable about topics that they didn't learn very well themselves.

Ultimately, it's up to the parents to weigh these advantages and disadvantages. As a private tutor I'm somewhat biased in favor of homeschooling; it increases the chances of being able to schedule a student during the "School Day" hours, freeing up "after school" hours for traditional school students. Still I see the advantages to both models.
Nov 2nd 2013 new
(quote) Travis-390186 said: There are also disadvantages. Homeschooling can be very insular, leading to culture shock in college, or a transition from homeschooling to traditional schooling. Homeschooling may require the parents to be knowledgeable about topics that they didn't learn very well themselves.

As a homeschool graduate (who had no problem transitioning into college), I feel like I need to dispute this point. wink Bear with me.

Research has shown over and over again that homeschoolers are most often found to be more "social" than public school students. Yes, there are some homeschooling families that lead a more sheltered life; however, they are a minority. Believe me, I am aware that these families are out there because I know several! Regardless, though, I am finding that their children are transitioning into college just fine, and it is the parents right to raise and educate their children as they see fit.

Lastly, while it is true that some parents lack knowledge in some (or even many) subject areas, there are so many resources available for homeschoolers that this really isnt a problem. There are homeschool programs (such as Seton Home Study School, who is accredited), support groups, teachers manuals, online courses, tutors, homeschool group classes, you name it!

Okay, Im done. tongue Ill leave you with a funny video on homeschoolers from one of my favorite YouTubers:

Have a blessed day!

Nov 7th 2013 new
I am one of 11 kids and we were all home schooled. I do not see too many downs with home schooling. I know many families in the area that home school as well and they are all good decent people and none of them are as dumb as my experience with graduates of public schools, like when I went to college.
Nov 7th 2013 new
I totally agree with you. Someone asked my father about why he and my mom homeschooled all 11 of us and they made that accusation that we are not sociable and my father explained it real well. He used me as an example and pointed out that when I was a kid I fought all the time with my sister and I was forced to get along with her by doing my school with her day in and day out. He said that forced me to be more sociable by learning how to live with our differences. I was forced to get along with her whereas at a school a kid can pick a clique to hang out with and therefore takes the path of least resistance. That being said, I was sent to a private school for high school and I wouldn't take that back at all. A school provides more exposure to making friends and more exposure to the way the world works but I do not know a single homeschooler that had a hard time on college but I do know publicschoolers that had a hard time, some of my classmates in college had a hard time.
Nov 20th 2013 new
I used to be in staunch opposition on the basis of lack of good socialisation, and the people I did know who were home schooled were a bit dim, ignorant of social nuances and generally not very successful in life. However, those people were homeschooled years ago in New Zealand and had very little support networks available to them.

Now, the more I see of both the academic successes of NZL schools and the mess our Catholic schools are in, I would very, very strongly consider homeschooling.

There are better social supports in place for homeschooling families, regardless of reason for it, plenty of external activities for a child to engage in, sporting, social, church based groups, and if the homeschooled family was larger, well, that's also another benefit for good socalisation. Frankly, I'm none too impressed with the education provided by schools, its lackluster, lazy and kids are being taught more about how to create webpages then where to put an apostrophe. Likewise, I'm none to thrilled about how schools are almost looking for learning disabilities as an excuse to let kids slack off. I'm dyslexic, horribly so, but my parents and my tutor ensured that I didn't use that as a crouch, sure I still have my spelltastic fails, but my math and spelling are functional. I see kids today coming out of schools with not a thing wrong with their cognition and their spelling and math is worse then mine ever was!

Further to my rants, I'm becoming mroe and more disgusted with the quality of catholic schools in NZL, they're now just semi-private schools more interested in winning national awards in drama competitions and sporting events then whether or not they're churning out young Catholics who know their faith. Most of my class mates are now staunch atheists or into that wishy washy neo-pagan cr@p.

With that said, if GOd grants me a husband and family and we found a good, solid Catholic school that valued both Catholic apologetics and doctrine AND the educational skills and knowledge needed to survive in a secular world, I'd have my kids in there.

As an asside, I read an interesting article about NZL schools, which probably reflects American ones as well, talking about how kids are provided with "tools" to study and gain knowledge, but no actual knowledge. So they know how to use Google and write a nice little report about something they saw on Wiki, but they don't really have knowledge about things like the economic factors prior to WWII, or who Guy Fawkes was, or the histories of major world powers.

Its a sad state of affairs really that schools are really only good at giving kids social complexes or masses of contraceptives and sexual tips.

Dec 23rd 2013 new
I teach as the lead teacher at a private school, but I have also taught as a teaching assistant at a public school. Both ways we are grossly underpaid. Even though I am on holiday break, I will spend many hours mapping out the next semester's curriculum, writing next week's lesson plans and calendar, and figuring out how I can differentiate instruction (excuse my teacher term). I was just talking to my mom about this today. I think I would like to home school my kids at least for a while if my household can afford it and it wouldn't detract my attention from the toddlers too much. I would like to have a big family. The only problem I see that I would have with it is that if I were to have several kids it would be hard for me to teach them all at the same time or to "plan" each day's lessons. Of course, you would be accountable to no one so you don't have to make anything perfect. Therefore, planning might actually be easier than it seems. It would also make it possible for us to attend Mass more than once a week.
Dec 24th 2013 new
It is a great fallacy for parents to believe that the education of their children depends on the school. The school is not the primary educator, but the secondary; its authority to teach the children is delegated by the parents, the right inherent in the father and the mother. Nor is the school ever a substitute for the parents. Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Thoughts for Daily Living)

2229 As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.

On Christian Education:

"The Holy See went on to observe that 250,000 Catholic schools around the world assist parents who have the right and duty to choose schools inclusive of homeschooling, and they must possess the freedom to do so, which in turn, must be respected and facilitated by the State.

See also:
Dec 24th 2013 new
Hi, Naomi

One option which addresses some of the socialization concerns is a kind of " middle path " :

This program is one of the few in USA to " socialize " students into work and employment concepts as part of a whole human growth outlook.
Feb 12th 2014 new
I was homeschooled all the way until college, so I may be somewhat biased. :) But I've always thought that homeschooling is a wonderful option.
It allows a child to develop personal interests with less outside pressure. They're never going to be free from it, but I've found that homeschooling can make it easier to decide what to read or believe, because there's less of "everybody else" to make them feel that they have to go along with.

But if a child is incredibly social, homeschooling may not always be the best option. While being homeschooled doesn't mean that the child is necessarily "sheltered" or "lacking in a social life," the fact remains that they will see friends less often. For very social children, that doesn't always work.

So there are pros and cons. I loved being homeschooled, but a non-homeschool environment does offer things that a homeschool environment can't (and vice versa).
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