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I've been thinking about it simply due to how politicized teachers have become, and yes, how ineffective our education system is. But I also think the things children learn in school that isn't from their teachers, primarily social dynamics, is incredibly helpful. So I'm not sure traditional homeschooling is something I'd want for my children. One alternative that has piqued my interest that I've seen spoken about online is a group of adults who aren't fond of our education system all pitching in to pay someone like a tutor to essentially teach a large group of children (a psuedo-class, if you will). That way, the children still have these social interactions, the "class" can be monitored for political BS, etc. But I'm not even overly confident with that. This is something I'd still like to think long and hard about.20
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We tried but we both worked so we couldn't keep up with the requirements.
When I put my kids back in school I held them back a year.
One daughter was tired of being in class with kids a year younger so she worked extra hard and the school let her skip a grade.
Other daughter has a learning disability and school environment was non productive so she's enrolled in the local community college after knocking out her highschool equivalency diploma and is now taking college courses.
My wife and I are very well read, bilingual, educated, held to high degrees of articulation within the home. Traveling to other countries during homeschooling exposed them to more culture and history and geography so they just knew more about life than their peers.
If it's possible to get a hiatus from work or when I was in between jobs and travel with your kids, homeschooling for even just one year... the life experience is going to do so much more for your kids than sitting in class and getting indoctrinated by bullshit political curriculum mandates.
I'd recommend trying it for just a year if possible.0
I wasn't homeschooled. If I had children (I'm not interested in having them) I'm not sure I'd homeschool them. It would be kinda fun to challenge myself to do that but it would also take a lot of time and effort. Those are some the cons. Another con is that my children wouldn't have that much social interaction because they wouldn't meet too many kids their age.
One pro I can think of is that if my children are sick then they don't have to go to school and let their teachers know. Another pro is that they wouldn't have to worry about attendance. They don't have to worry about showing up on time because they would already be at home with me.10
Your kids will hate you if you have been a bad teacher to them and carry that over into parenting.
You can helicopter your kids and keep them from ever making friends with people they like and you don't.
This is from a homeschooled student's point of view.0
I'm homeschooling my kids until 14/16ish
1. It's a little harder than having someone watching your kid in the beginning. While your working so you need to change your schedule around the kid.
Because normal school is just prison daycare.
2. You need worry about socializing your kid.
But that's what sports are for and other activity karate, gymnastic ballet. Etc being around kids their age and the other gender is important for development.
It might cost a little more. I like to pay for tutors usually get collage kids or ex teacher who need the pay. 2x a week0
Pro: Teach them what you want how you want on their speed! They are more focused and you are more informed. Its a bonding between you that will last
Cons: Social skills sometimes are lost. Takes a lot of effort and time. No alone time for parents0
Pros: your kid will get better grades and be ahead of kids his/her age
Cons: if your kid don't have cousins, neighbors, family friends kids around their same age to socialize with. That would be problems.0
I was homeschooled through 4th grade. Once I entered public school I was one of the smartest kids in the class. That should tell you something.33
Pros what be indoctrinated into being a sheep.
Con with be socially retarded.1
It's not popular, where I live.0
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Not as influenced by immoral liberal ideas.
Not exposed to drugs.
Not getting bullied physically.
Not socializing enough with their peers.
Can't participate in team sports. tt
Neutral/can be Pro or Con:
Would be educated by their parent. Some parents have plenty of knowledge to provide a high quality education for their children, but other parents couldn't even offer enough education for their children to perform adequately on upper grade elementary standardized tests. So how well educated they become is highly dependent of their parent's knowledge and instructional capabilities.
In my opinion it would be best to homeschool them from k-8 and then place them in public schools for high school. Hopefully by then the parents educated them well enough, they have critical logical thinking skills, are not easily influenced, have good values, and then they can socialize, make friends, and participate in team sports (or music/band, drama, etc.).
I like this answer, I'm swinging towards that idea and that's something I should mention (maybe I'll update the question). I was thinking instead of public maybe private. But I really like this answer, thank you.
You're welcome. If you don't know the content to educate your children yourself, you should try Khan Academy. They have a free YouTube channel, and you can also join their site (it isn't free) for additional lessons and educational material.
As far as literature books, I recommend reading them yourself first to make sure you approve of the content they contain. Some literature books provided by some teachers are not innocent/appropriate for children and are intended to negatively influence them morally/sexually/unpatriotically.
If I had kids I would only want them in public school if it is at a site where I work and personally know the teachers they would have so they won't be inappropriately influenced.
I'd also advise against letting them have a smart phone because that gives them unsupervised access to the internet and all of the inappropriate content online, along with cyberbullying.
Glad I could help.
As far as"not socializing"... that's a good thing. Adolescents are shitty people. My kids were surrounded by more adult friends and they were comfortable with discussing politics or simply perspectives since they were little. Their vocabularies are already college level when they were in middle School.
Teachers never intimidated them. My kids were respectful but spoke their minds. ONCE a teacher insisted on a meeting... after they met my wife and I no one in that school messed with my kids. We were very present and involved.
As far as sports, it's not as convenient as being in school, of course, but there are athletic clubs all over. Some schools make allowances for homeschool kids to participate in school sports.
My wife and I just had to work so we couldn't keep up but it was a blessing while we did it.