Good Day! - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
Alright ladies, I know this topic could turn into a debate, but I chose to post it here because I wanted a calm honest conversation on it.
I've been thinking a lot about it lately because a few of my cousins and my sister-in-law have recently begun or are about to begin homeschooling. I live in a fabulous public school district, but if I didn't (which they don't) I would probably homeschool also.
Up until recently, I always thought of homeschool parents as those that couldn't let go of their kids and wanted to shelter them from the world. And I thought the homeschoolers themselves were unsocialized and strange.
I've changed my mind. There are more ways to socialize a child than sending them to school. And you can show them so much of the world if you have all day every day to do it. You can work at their level and go as fast or slow as needed. In a classroom they will either get bored or frustrated as the teacher has to teach to the middle level.
Plus I've seen great results. There are several families I know with homeschooled kids who turned out "normal" and are highly intelligent and doing well in college or in the work force.
I do realize that some parents "homeschool" and then let their kids run wild. The homeschool families I know did not do this.
My questions: Do any of you have any experience with it? Was homeschooled or is/will be homeschooling their kids? Do you have any opinions on it? Be honest. But don't debate!