I find myself fascinated by these kinds of discussions. I do admit that it is a bit like slowing down to gawk at the scene of an accident. What fascinates me are the assumptions people make about teenagers, education and homeschooling.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
That’s when homeschooling entered the picture. It was a fleeting thought at first, but it’s now beginning to grow on me. I like the idea of choosing a curriculum that fits my daughter’s individual needs — one that would allow her to progress as fast as she would like and explore additional subjects. I know we would have to work hard to keep up her friendships with the girls in her “group” from elementary school, and I’m certain we would need to find some extracurricular activities to give her other social outlets as well.
Here is one of the expected responses:
There are also pro-homeschooling responses. However, I think it is strange that the debate keeps coming back to "socialization." I'm always shocked that any adult thinks teenagers learn anything valuable about being an adult at school.
February 17, 2009 8:14 AM | Link to this
This will not come as a surprise to anyone but I am thoroughly opposed to home schooling with the exception of a few circumstances.
WHY? One reason is because of the enormity of the task and the fact that I have met several folks who have tried it and then decided it was way too hard. Is this why we require formal education to teach?
DUH…I train teachers all over the country. I am considered an expert in early literacy. I do not know enough about science, math, social studies and foreign languages to begin.
This is kind of like: I can cook…I should open a restaurant. I will order a kit to show me how and then VOILA I am on my way.
COULD it happen…YES but the chances are slim. I love to work with wood, I will build my own house…get me the kit and I am on my way!
You are practicing on your child who needs social skills and to understand how to mesh into a routine that perhaps is not his/her favorite ( at school and with teachers who may not be on his/her top ten list) BUT THAT IS LIFE....
Back to the original question, I don't think the person asking the question about homeschooling is very likely to be successful as a homeschooler. It takes a lot of conviction to weather the storm the follows removing a peer dependent / school indoctrinated child from the government (mis)educaton system. I've had many friends try to start homeschooling in middle school. Not one made it through the year. Some didn't even make it through two weeks. I imagine it would take a good year or more to make the transition.
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