8by Ericka Sóuter July 15 at 4:07 PM
I recently came across the story of a Tesca Fitzgerald, who, at 12, is getting ready to start college and plans to be working her Ph.D. by age 16. Her proud mother credited her daughter's genius to the fact that she was homeschooled. Amazing, right? But I have to tell you, that is as impressive as it is crazy. It made me wonder if I could homeschool my teen or pre-teen. With the cost of private school in New York City, the idea is an attractive one. But I quickly came to my senses and here's why. Check out the 7 reasons I'd never home school my teen.
- .I could probably get him through algebra and geometry, but we'd both
need a tutor when it came to calculus. Sure, I took it in high school
but it was in one ear and out the other as soon as the final was
finished. My daughter doesn't rely on me as her sole source of knowledge. That's just silly. If she's learning calculus, of course she'll have a tutor.
- I can't imagine his first intense classroom setting being a college lecture. Talk about intimidating. College was way less intimidating than high school ever was.
- We'd get sick of each other by week
fourtwo. This is just sad. I don't need a 6 hours break every day from my child. I've been raising her since she was born and I haven't gotten sick of her yet.
- When he complains about his bitchy teacher, he'll be talking about me. I don't plan on being a bitchy teacher.
- When I complain about my crappy job, I'll be talking about him. If you're that miserable then maybe you shouldn't be homeschooling?
- I can't teach him the same survival instincts you learn navigating
your way though mean girls, jocks, geeks, or whichever else cliques
exist these days. For some reason I've yet to use those skills as a adult. Maybe because assault and harrassment isn't a part of my day to day life.
- I'm not a trained educator. Parents love to complain about their
kids' teachers but it's a tough job. Probably one of the toughest. It's a
combo of instructor, counselor, soother, conflict resolution expert,
and motivator. How exhausting is that?! Ummm...that sounds like just like being a mother,lol.
I tip my hat to all those moms and dads who successfully homeschool
their children. It's clearly not something every parent can do. Not with that attitude it isn't.
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