Discussion in 'Parenting' started by Mirage, Apr 13, 2009.


Should homeschooling be an option for parents?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    ysabel's thread made me think to make this one.

    So, what are your thoughts on homeschooling? Good or bad or don't care either way?

    I say as long as the kids are able to score well on standardized testing then I have no problem with it. In many cases the home schooled kids actually do better on such tests so if that's not an argument in favor of it then I don't know what is.


  2. Rebeccaaa

    Rebeccaaa yellow 4!

    If it gets the job done then I don't see much of a problem with it to be honest. I suppose a good argument against homeschooling is that the kid doesn't get to play and interact with others their age as much as schooling kids would. Some would say that might have an effect on their long-term socialising abilities etc. But of course there are ways around that like getting the child involved in extracurricular activities where they can meet other children.
  3. wooly

    wooly I am the woolrus

    I guess it depends on how you view school. Personally, i don't even see school as being about education. For me, school is a place where kids learn to socialise, make friends and develop as people. I only know one person who is homeschooled, a younger sister of a friend, and she is completely socially inept. I'm sure it's not like that in all cases, but it definitely doesn't help in developing kids socially. What's mroe important? Good grades, or good socialising skills?
  4. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Well, like Rebeccaaa said though, you can put your kids in other situations where they learn to socialize. Sports, clubs, etc. That argument alone isn't a valid one if you ask me. I know of kids who went through public schools and still ended up extremely shy. I'm sure you do too right?
  5. wooly

    wooly I am the woolrus

    There were people who were extremely shy in school, some people are just naturally like that, but there was nobody who didn't have any friends. Funnily enough, just last night i met someone who would have been one of the most shy and unsociable people in my year out in town! Even if they're not particularly outgoing, they still manage to get to know people and interact with people. In a way... it's forced on them! And that can only be good for someone. Whereas somebody who is homeschooled, if they're not a particularly outgoing person there is the possibility that will just keep to themselves and not make any friends, which is what i've seen happen.
  6. Rebeccaaa

    Rebeccaaa yellow 4!

    Even if it was proven there is a positive correlation between homeschooling and not making friends, it could also be the other way round to what you suggested. Some kids are pulled out of school and homeschooled because they didn't fit in and were bullied, so it wasn't actually because of the homeschooling that they grew up to be socially inept, if that makes any sense..

    **what I was trying to say is that maybe kids who are not sociable are more likely to be homeschooled anyway.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009
  7. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Well, another thread idea here, but I don't think standardized tests count for shit. They're usually poorly constructed and culturally bias. Some kids however just don't fit into a normal school too well. However, I think school is almost more important for the socializing aspect of it.
  8. Pugz

    Pugz Ms. Malone V.I.P. Lifetime

    With the way education is failing i would prefer my kids (if i have any) to be home schooled; but hiring tutors can be expencive and i'm not smart enough to teach them myself. Schools are important for socialization but you can introduce children to outdoor clubs-if home schooling gets the job done i'm all for it.

    If Balls' 'Twitter' thing passes and they drop history from the ciriculum then i'd defiinatly do my best to teach them that.
  9. wooly

    wooly I am the woolrus

    I think pulling your child out of a social environment completely isn't necessarily a good way to deal with them being bullied. What exactly does that say to the child? It's almost telling them that they're just not up to socialising with people so it's better to just stay at home. For me that sends an awful message. Yes bullying is a terrible thing but there are other ways to overcome it, ways in which the child can learn to turn the other cheek, or stand up for themselves. Qualities that will help them later in life, instead of the possibility of them having a "well this isn't working, i should give up" attitude.

    School isn't just a place where children make friends, it's also a place where they can develop other social/emotional skills. For example: How to deal with the shit life will throw at you!
  10. Rebeccaaa

    Rebeccaaa yellow 4!

    Oh, well I wasn't saying it was a good thing that it happens :lol: just an observation and an alternative to what you were saying, in that homeschooling kids doesn't always equal bad social skills. It's certainly not my opinion that if your child gets bullied you should take them out of school, but I'm sure it happens with overprotective parents.

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