CASE AGAINST HOMESCHOOLING
Homeschooling: Great for self-aggrandizing, society-phobic mother...not quite so good for The kid.
Here are my top ten reasons why homeschooling parents are doing the wrong thing:
10) "You were totally homeschooled!" Is an insult college kids use to insult the geeky kid in the dorm (whether or not the offender was homeschooled or not). And.... Say what you will... But it doesn't feel nice to be considered an outsider, a natural outcropping of being homeschooled.
9) Call me old-fashioned, But a students' classroom shouldn't be where they eat Fruit Loops and meatloaf (not at the same time I hope). It also shouldn't be where the family gathers to watch American Idol or to play Wii. Students - from little ones to teens- deserve a learning-focused place to study. In modern society, we call them schools.
8) Homeschooling is selfish. According to this article in USA Today, students who get homeschooled are increasingly from wealthy and well-educated families. To take these (I'm assuming) high achieving students out of our schools is a disservice to our less fortunate public schooled kids. Poorer students with less literate parents are more reliant on peer support and motivation, and they benefit greatly from the focus and commitment of their richer and higher Achieving classmates.
7) God hates homeschooling. The study, done by the National Center for Education Statistics, notes that the most common reason parents gave as the most important reason was a desire for religious or moral instruction. To the homeschooling Believers out there, didn't God say, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations"? Didn't he command, "Ye shall be witness unto me"? From my side, to take your faithful children out of schools is to miss an opportunity to spread the grace, power and beauty of the Lord to the common people. (Personally I'm agnostic, but I'm just saying...)
6) Homeschooling parent/teachers are arrogant to the point of lunacy. For real! My qualifications to teach English include a double major in English and Education, two master's degrees (education and journalism), a student teaching semester and multiple internship terms, real world experience as a writer, and years in the classroom dealing with different learning styles. So, first of all, homeschooling parent, you think you can teach English as well as me? Well, maybe you can. I'll give you that. But there's no way you can teach English as good as me, and Biology as well as a trained professional, and history....and Spanish....and art...and counsel for college as well as a schools guidance counselor....and....and....
5) As a teacher, homeschooling pisses me off. (that's good enough for a #5)
4) Homeschooling could breed interolance, maybe even racism. Unless the student is being homeschooled in the MTV's Real World house, there's probably only one race/sexuality/background in the room. How can a young person learn to appreciate other cultures if he or she doesn't live amount them?
3) And don't give me this "they still participate in activities with public schooled kids" garbage. Socialization in our grand multi-cultural experiment we call America is a process that takes more than an hour a day, a few times a week. Homeschooling, undoubtably, leaves the child unprepared socially.
2) Homeschooling parents are arrogant, part II. According to Henry Cate, who runs the Why Homeschool blog, many highly educated, high-income parents, are "probably people who are a little bit more comfortable in taking risks" in choosing a college or line of work. "The attributes that facilitate at might also facilitate them being more comfortable with homeschooling."
More comfortable taking risks on their child's education? Gamble on, I don't know, the Super Bowl, not your child's future!
1) And finally.....Have you evr met someone who was homeschooled? Not to hate, but they do tend to be pretty geeky. **
**Please see comments for thoughts on the word 'geeky'. But, in general, to be geeky connotes a certain inability to integrate and communicate in diverse social situations. Which, I would argue, is a likely result from being educated in an environment without peers. It's hard to get by in such a diverse world as ours! And the more people you can hang out with the more likely you are to succeed, in both work and life.