Polski3's View from Here

Quote of some personal revelence: "Is a dream a lie, that don't come true, or is it something worse?"

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Why Homeschool ?

There was a letter to the editor in this mornings newspaper, regarding tax money following students regardless of where they attend school. This got me to thinking about homeschooling.

Other than the "keeping my Christian children away from the heathens" reason for some parents to homeschool their children, why else might parents choose to homeschool their child(ren)?

Here is what I came up with:

Homeschool students are usually in a bully-free, career disruptor-free learning environment.

Homeschool students can receive much more individual attention.

Homeschool students can go as fast or slow as they need to master their academic material; they are not hamstrung by their teacher being forces to teach to the "lowest" level students in a typical public school classroom

Homeschool parents/teachers have much more academic freedom than public school teachers.

Homeschool students can have many, many more enrichment opportunities, going on field trips to museums, historical sites, visiting and going outdoors to study nearby ecosystems.....

Homeschool students usually receive more character and morals education

Homeschool students usually have the opportunity for more in-depth explorations of topics of interests.

Homeschool students do not suffer from the curruiculum whims of district office personnel.

Homeschool students do get socialization opportunities as, from what I know about homeschooling, most get together with other students being homeschooled for field trips, musical events, etc. And, most are active in non-academic youth activities.

This being said, no, my son's are not homeschooled. I sometimes wish they were. I know they are not getting all they could be getting from their public school experiences because of all the crap the "top end" students have to deal with at public school.My son's are not getting a very rounded education in our local elementry schools; missing is music, art, P.E., adequate science programs and history/social studies. Just the other day, one of my sons was leaving school and discovered his bicycle tires flattened and his seat vandalized. I don't blame the parents who chose homeschooling for their children.

Thanks for reading this. Feel free to leave a comment to argue with my points, support them or add to this discussion.