Homeschooling: Mom Talk

What's the big deal? Kids can learn as much or more at home.

Homeschooling, like most things, is a personal decision each parent will make. Most families don't have the luxury of the option. Those who do should seriously consider it.

Socialization is one of the main excuses I hear from people who are anti-homeschooling. I think that's a bunch of hooey. Children who have brothers and sisters must learn how to be part of a family, to take turns and to be considerate. Those are incredible socialization skills.

Also, there are lots of ways kids can learn to be social outside the home. Team sports, group activities, music lessons are all ways to be part of a community. How easily we overlook church activities and volunteerism as social structure.

When my nephew started kindergarten, he was adding and subtracting. On his first report card, the teacher told my sister that the school was proud to announce he could recognize his name. Ya think?

There are lots of great reasons, just like the one my sister faced, for choosing to learn yer kids at home. There are so many children who don't have the basics when they enter kindergarten. At the same time, so many are more advanced. Teachers face an enormous challenge of keeping everyone engaged.

Smart kids don't usually have it better in a public school setting. They get bored easily and find themselves in trouble.

There are religious reasons, too. A mom just told me she homeschooled her gaggle because she wanted them to learn her religion. She has a large family, so those kids definitely learned how to be good social citizens.

We probably won't homeschool our children. We are lucky enough to live near a great school with small classroom sizes. Then again, once we get started, if it's not the right fit for our children, I won't have any problem keeping them home.

Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about homeschooling. I've already been told by relatives that I better not.

"You're not going to do that are you?," they said, looking down their noses.

I don't get that automatic mentality. Maybe I will. Maybe I won't. Each kid is different. Each school is different. Each situation is different.

As I've told my relatives, they've already had their chance to screw up their kids. This is my turn to screw up mine. Does it really matter where they get screwed up?

Jane, I find it ironic that you speak so clearly on the subject of socialization while proving at the same time how polite you are, "Then again, i fortunately do not need to visit "Wiki" for definitions."
Socialization and the goal of it differs for each school of thought. I don't think that sending my children into a classroom of 20-30+ children of their same experience in life led by one teacher is an ideal situation for teaching socialization skills. Actually, I think it is a perfect environment for learning 'folly' and also for brainwashing our children to whatever political agendas reign in the schools, usually socialism. I am assured of my critique a I speak with college students who proclaim that socialism is fair and a capitalistic society is greedy. They find redistribution of wealth to be an obvious answer to serious issues in our economy. Watching a recent episode of Sesame street, Elmo saved up his money to by a ball that he wanted and on the exact day he saved up enough he went to purchase the ball. Upon arrival to the location to purchase the ball, he ran into Cookie Monster who announced he was sad. Cookie Monster was on his way to buy a cookie with a dollar he had, but admitted he was so hungry that on his way to the store, he ate his dollar. The episode unfolds with Elmo giving Cookie another dollar to purchase a cookie. Elmo is praised by everyone for being so good. Elmo said he will just save more to buy the ball later. WHAT?!?! I would have told cookie since he ate his dollar, he shouldn't be hungry and that maybe he should learn a lesson not to eat his money. Elmo did the right thing and should reep his reward. Now they teach it at preschool level
Greg O'Neil February 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Christine, I wouldn't worry much about what Jane thinks, she has an opinion on virtually every subject and speaks down at anyone who disagrees. She is apparently the worlds foremost authority on everything. Make you wonder, if she spends her entire day posting on websites, what are her children doing? She seems so concerned over sticking her nose in everyone else's business, I wonder when her kids are getting any attention? I agree 100% with your comments Christine, the only thing the public schools do really well is part their community members from their paychecks.
Bobby Brandolino February 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The Socialization part of home schooling was a question I used to have. I've noticed more and more it has become more common. I have become a lot more familiar with it over the past 4 years or so by talking to parents at my store, that home school their children. All of the children are very polite and outgoing and so are the parents for that matter. I have teachers at my store teaching music lessons that were home schooled. I think that if it is an option for a parent to be able to home school their child or children that is entirely up to them and they shouldn't be judged or rediculed for it.
andieiam March 07, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Correlation does not imply causation. Further, your very unscientific approach has led us to believe that, perhaps, government-led education has left you lacking in the arenas of statistics and research. It does not matter what your opinion of religion is. It does not matter what your opininion is on any topic if the children are not yours. It seems you approve of the nitwittery of the liberal indoctrination kids receive. Intelligent, loving parents do not allow their child's education to be sullied by politics. Many teachers have much to learn and are not suited to teach my child how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without praising Obama or some other leftie nitwit. You educate your children as you see fit. We got this.


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