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Why homeschool?

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  • Why homeschool?

    I'm a California credentialed teacher. I'm all for homeschooling, if the parents actually DO homeschooling. The kids are better taught, can learn more things, and are better raised in their faith and culture. Homeschooled kids do better (if they aren't left on their own) in college than high school graduates. Since I retired, I have had more fun doing online classes for homeschooled kids (and I'm all for that, too) than I ever did in the public classroom. So the question is....

    What makes a good homeschool family, in your view? Personally, I know that the homeschool teacher...Mom or Dad...had better be willing to spend a LOT of time and energy on this, and not everybody does, or can. So....if you homeschool, why do you?

    And how much time do you spend doing it?
    My opinions are mine, and my opinions are not necessarily the official stands or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.If you are not a member, your opinions are even less likely to represent them. Just sayin'.

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    I travel. A lot. Homeschooled four kids. 1 Army nurse, 1 Congressional nominee to the USNA and Silicon Valley fortune 500 employee, 1 sucessful entrapenuer, 1 NCAA athlete.

    Pulled them from public school. Negative socialization occurring there with 'values free" education. Plus, I would have never seen them with my traveling and their public high school schedules abs rigidity of excuses absences.

    Proud of their mama who sacrificed an executive career to train 4 awesome adults. It's not for everyone, but it worked very well for our family

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Locutus View Post
      I travel. A lot. Homeschooled four kids. 1 Army nurse, 1 Congressional nominee to the USNA and Silicon Valley fortune 500 employee, 1 sucessful entrapenuer, 1 NCAA athlete.

      Pulled them from public school. Negative socialization occurring there with 'values free" education. Plus, I would have never seen them with my traveling and their public high school schedules abs rigidity of excuses absences.

      Proud of their mama who sacrificed an executive career to train 4 awesome adults. It's not for everyone, but it worked very well for our family
      Yeah, it takes sacrifice....and a great deal more interest in one's family and children than in one's personal career ambitions. Kudos to both of you....AND to your kids!!!
      My opinions are mine, and my opinions are not necessarily the official stands or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.If you are not a member, your opinions are even less likely to represent them. Just sayin'.

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      • #4
        Yeah as really you have to have patience as well as it is a 24/7 job in being in a home school. But the flip side is as parents, they care more about kids education and know what they are capable of. Just IMHO.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JPPT1974 View Post
          Yeah as really you have to have patience as well as it is a 24/7 job in being in a home school. But the flip side is as parents, they care more about kids education and know what they are capable of. Just IMHO.
          OK, AS a credentialed teacher, I can absolutely concur. I have seen both sides of home schooled kids; the ones whose parents really care about it and who are truly involved.....and the ones who just play at it, leaving their kids nearly illiterate, completely uninformed and requiring all sorts of remedial education to 'catch them up." When homeschooling works, it is absolutely the BEST way to educate kids. When it doesn't....hoo, boy.

          I'm all for homeschooling. Absolutely 100% for it, when the parents take the time to do it right, and I spent a good part of my career helping homeschool parents to understand what the problems are, what their kids MUST know to deal with the world (and with college) and to teach them (the teachers) how to teach their kids. It's been very rewarding. I love it...and I have seen homeschooled kids go on to get advanced degrees and find university EASY, because their early education hadn't let them down. You know...kids who went to museums and concerts and events their public school peers never get to see.

          So count me as a firm supporter.

          IF the parents are as committed to the idea as they need to be, because it's not easy.
          My opinions are mine, and my opinions are not necessarily the official stands or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.If you are not a member, your opinions are even less likely to represent them. Just sayin'.

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