Why do parents choose to homeschool their kids?

Are there certification requirements to do so for upper level subjects?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Nov. 15, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • It really depends on your state's homeschooling laws. You can either google it or check out www.HSLDA.org for the laws in the state you reside in. I'm in IL and there are no certification laws. I plan on teaching them all the way through graduation!
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:12 PM on Nov. 15, 2008

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  • I didn't answer the first question you asked...I chose to homeschool because I knew I could do better. I also wanted control over what my children learned, how, and when. Every child develops at a different pace and I didn't want my kids having to stay at the pace the government decides. Most of the homeschooled kids test higher than public schooled kids. If you need any links send me a message!
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:14 PM on Nov. 15, 2008

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  • Parents choose home schooling for a myriad of reasons. It can be a terrific option with dedication, discipline and patience. We love it!
    In our state certification is not needed.
    joy2bamom

    Answer by joy2bamom at 5:04 PM on Nov. 15, 2008

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  • As a public school teacher, I disagree with homeschooling.
    In our state, you don't even need to have a HS diploma to home school your child. Then, a couple years later, they'll come back into the system having done nothing while they were "homeschooled." There are some exceptions, but for the most part, kids miss out.
    They need to learn to be members of the community, get along with others, be a team player, compete and build relationships. They may learn more from a really smart parent who works one on one with them, but they miss out on a lot.
    The only way I would do it is if we lived in a place that was totally unsafe for my kids to attend school there.
    3gymnastsmom

    Answer by 3gymnastsmom at 9:59 AM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • 3gymnastsmom,

    Homeschooled children do not miss out on a thing! What, getting bullied? Sure if that's something you want them exposed to. Homeschooled kids have more opportunities to participate in the community and be active BECAUSE they only need to school an average of 2-4 hours a day instead of 7. They also test higher on tests. So while teachers at public schools have to go through years of college to teach children, how is it that a parents with only a HS diploma can homeschool their children and they test higher? There are many advantages to it. I think until you do some research on homeschooling that maybe you should keep your biased opinions to yourself.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:44 AM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • For parents, hey. I'm sorry you were bullied as a child in school and you fear your child having your experience - BUT if that's the case you will need to spend your entire life keeping your child away from others because eventually they will encounter people who don't see things their way and they are going to have to learn to deal with that. The sooner you learn to separate your needs from your kids needs, and move on to helping them navigate the world better than you did, the better chance they will have of having positive rewarding relationships with people who have not been baby proofed and prequalified to feel and believe as they do. They will learn to apreciate diversity outside of their own rather than believing the world is a failed version of their own home.

    Kestrel1

    Answer by Kestrel1 at 1:03 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • I didn't choose to homeschool because "I was bullied". There are a million reasons I could name right now. Homeschool does not mean you keep your kids at home all day with no outside interaction. Most homeschool families take part in homeschool co-ops or groups that meet at least once a week, and as often as 3 times a week...some of these groups even have homecomings and proms (for those people that feel those are important parts of life). Because homeschooled children complete work sooner than publicly schooled children, there's more time for extra-curricular activites. There's also clubs such as 4-H and scouts. Homeschooled children spend MORE time in the community than PS children. The argument that they are social misfits doesn't work! My kids don't need to be boxed up in a classroom with 30 other kids for 7 hours a day to learn to participate in the community.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 1:14 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • Everyone has the right to their opinion....bias or not......I do not agree in homeschooling either...what is the point of earning degrees....everyone should learn at home? I think that as parents we do not have enough training to TEACH everyhting to our kids (before you come back to me...I am educated with a college degree), or do you master on every single subject....
    mamadetresbbg

    Answer by mamadetresbbg at 2:20 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • I don't think there are many public educators that use the training they recieve to teach WELL. I am not against public schools...homeschool is not for everyone! But when people judge the homeschooled community based on the few "nuts" they know, then it is only fair that we judge all public schooled kids based on the "nuts" they have as well. The door goes both ways!
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 2:23 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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  • I am with Reneek3. My son has Asperger's and the school was totally oblivious to his needs and problems in school even when he complained and I had to speak up for him. He hated school because the teacher and the kids weren't fair to him. Not to mention, why should 29 kids be in a class size with one adult and we call that a fair student to teacher ratio? the teachers just teach the curriculum in the most boring ways that the concepts and learning experiences lack richness. Not everywhere, it depends. I know my son is getting more than the public schools. As a formerly certified teacher and a parent who care about their child's education u can still do it without the certification as long as u r willing to learn and don't slack. there are many support networks out there. He plays on soccer teams, attends field trips, and play dates so the crap about socializing doesn't fly here. That's my take on it.
    clemonade

    Answer by clemonade at 3:08 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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