Why are people opposed to homeschooling?

I homeschool and my son gets the same if not better social interaction. He meets with a homeschool group during the week. He also is involved with many electives and afterschool programs.

Socialization is not the only reason to be opposed to homeschooling. I think that excuse is a bail out.

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OctoberOrganics

Asked by OctoberOrganics at 5:55 PM on Oct. 14, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I think for SOME it's ignorance. They hear the terms "homeschool" or "homeschooling" and ASSUME it means that the child is locked away in some house and banned from having any type of interactions with anyone, besides Mom, Dad, and their siblings. They don't realized that homeschooling does and can take place in the world around them. What I think they should do is visit their local museums: children, art, natural history and ask what they offer homeschoolers. I think they should go to their local park district and Y's and ask what they offer homeschoolers. I think they should call their local dance, music, and theaters and ask what they offer homeschoolers. I think they should google homeschool groups in their area and see what is being offered. Not because I think they should homeschool, that's a personal choice, but because I think they should have the TOTAL information and not just assume on assumptions.
    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 6:09 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I homeschooled our sons for 2 years before we moved to another state. I loved it and they were so far ahead they moved them up in math class. Only reason I put them in school again is the state graduation standards are really tough and they wanted to go back. I miss it.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 5:58 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I, also, am well aware that NOT ALL homeschooler take advantage of the stuff around them and what the community at large has to offer, but many do. Just like not all Public School systems are equal, not all homeschoolers are equal. Some do a really good job, some could use some improvement....
    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 6:13 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • Because not every parent that homeschools is qualified. Teaching out of a book, on a program, does NOT replace the need for a college educated instructor guiding your child through their studies. Whether or not a child's needs are being adequately met would depend on a case by case basis. Exposing them to the type of families who typically homeschool isn't necessarily shaping your child into a well-rounded person. What are the statistics on minorities who homeschool and participate in the groups you've mentioned?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:15 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I don't know the statics: The home-school group I belong to is: H.O.U.S.E. (I'll give a link to the state web-page). There are people from all ranges at our local group; same-sex, religious, non-religious, minorities. Several of the families we have locally are not only "minorities" but are immigrants from Nigeria, Russia, Germany, etc. When I say immigrants I mean that the whole family has recently migrated from those countries or at least he parents did and the kids were born here in the America. Yes, I could have joined different homeschool group, but I didn't want too. :) People from many types of back grounds homeschool. http://www.illinoishouse.org/

    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 6:27 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • In our homeschool group, we have Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics, Christians, Pagans and atheists. We have rich and poor families, single parent families, and the works. We haven't any African American families, but there is only 1 African American child in our public school. BTW, African American homeschoolers are growing at a faster rate than other groups. There was a wonderful interview on CBS regarding this just recently. The idea that "some" homeschoolers aren't doing a good job is a bad excuse not to homeschool. As a whole, homeschoolers go to college at a greater rate, do better on standardized tests, and do better than public school children in every facet. There is a possibility that some don't do a good job, but it's a fact that MANY schools don't do a good job. A lousy homeschooling parent hurts only her kids, a lousy school hurts hundreds, if not thousands of kids.

    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 7:12 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I am a teacher and I couldn't homeschool my own son even though I have the training. I think he does better with someone else not mom. I also live in an area where there are not alot of children around so that is where he learns his social skills. I also think the school is more likely to pick up on a problem then mom.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I have a high school education and some college. I know my child and their learning style better than anyone else. I do not need a teaching degree to teach them. Who is the government, or anyone else to say that I have the ability to teach my child until they turn five, then I am not? That's crap. My children get one on one attention from me, public school does not offer that!!! Neither does private!!!

    Education is the parent's responsibility, not the public school's!!! I know a few teachers and their biggest complaint is that parents are not involved enough in their children's education!! Think of it as I am 100% involved in my childrens' education!!!
    Maddape48854

    Answer by Maddape48854 at 9:13 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • If a parent is committed enough to go over the hurdles placed in the way of homeschoolers, they will most likely be the kind of parents that will make sure their children get a far-better-than-average education and develop well-rounded personalities too. That said, there are a few "bad apples" that get the national media attention when found, but the very fact that they get so much attention is the proof that they are the oddidity and not the norm.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • Good for you home schooling your kids! It's an incredible commitment to make. I have to say I don't think it's for every parent or every child. My MIL home schooled my 3 SIL's and they are very smart and have decided that they want to go to high school. Which is fine for them. They may be naieve in some social aspects but I don't see that as a problem. My son started jk this past september and that seems to be the right choice for us and we are both happy.
    AmandaH321

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 10:52 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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