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View Poll Results: do you homeschool
yes i do/will! 60 66.67%
no! "they wont socialize" 7 7.78%
ive considered it but im not sure yet 13 14.44%
only if shtf. 4 4.44%
other, cause there is always a "other" 6 6.67%
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:17 AM
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I wouldn't home school a kid. I'd want him to have combat experience.
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We have home schooled on and off for the past 3 years. Last year we pulled the kiddos out for good.
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Started this last august
Kids came home miserable
All we got at parent teacher conferences was they are the most polite and they complete their work well and rapidly and be cause if this they were austersized
Mom teachs in high school
She is reminded daily of why we do it
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Homeschooled both of our young folks all the way through: oldest is now 3rd year at the Coast Guard Academy, a leader with confidence and maturity before she arrived, and has only excelled in that very competitive environment. Youngest is pre-Med at a local college, under contract with the Navy to become a Corpsman starting in May, intends to go FMF, then apply to the Navy MD program after he's had a few years experience.

They got their "bumps and bruises" living in various countries, and interacting with real people (not electronic) in real situations (not the artificiality of the public gladiator academies). They were consistently praised for their social adaptability in adult environments. Both express themselves verbally and in writing at a level I seldom find amongst folks twice their age. Both recruited academically. Both self taught musicians on several instruments, voice, theory, performed on stage in front of large audiences. Youngest is a Black Belt and EMT; both have competed in sailing (dinghy and open) and other sports; advanced scuba, pistol and rifle marksmanship; oldest is on the combat arms team sponsored by SigSauer. No drugs, no sex (so no pregnancy), no debt, and both have more money in savings than the average American, that they personally earned. Both are in healthy relationships with members of the opposite sex, and are active contributing members to their community of faith. And they vote, which is rare for their age, and they vote informed, which is so rare these days as to be exceptional.

Personally, I believe the future of our country will be shaped by the 2 million children presently being homeschooled, as they will be the only ones knowledgeable enough, with the leadership and confidence, to take charge and effect change. The rest of their peers will be recovering from big pharma, socialist engineering, STDs, addictive behavior therapy, ignorance, no skills training, and wounded self-esteem because the system didn't prepare them for the real world.
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thank you everyone for your replies. i have known for years that i would homeschool any kids i ever had, looking at the public school system i personally would consider it criminal neglect to do anything else. though i am not bashing anyone who feels different every case is unique and who am i to say what is best for someone else. if anyone has any thoughts about home school, tips, ideas, or just opinions this would be a great place to share. we can all learn from one another
We have a friend in church who is sending their girls to public-funded schools.

I have spoken with them about education. The father is all for homeschooling. But the mother's focus really is socializing. She reminds me of the honey-booboo mom. She wants her daughters to be: most-popular, cheer-leader, beauty pageant winner. She has told us many times that it is just silly to expect kids to get educated in school. School is for popularity.

That is certainly a different attitude.
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Started this last august
Kids came home miserable
All we got at parent teacher conferences was they are the most polite and they complete their work well and rapidly and be cause if this they were austersized
Mom teachs in high school
She is reminded daily of why we do it
We have known a number of public-funded school teachers who send their own children to private school.
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Started this last august
Kids came home miserable
All we got at parent teacher conferences was they are the most polite and they complete their work well and rapidly and be cause if this they were austersized
Mom teachs in high school
She is reminded daily of why we do it
That sounds almost exactly like what we observed with our own kids when they were in school.

I've also been considering a career change as well to become a high school teacher. Spending time taking education classes and being in high schools was one of the factors that led us to decide to homeschool.
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Other--I'm really torn on this subject. I think homeschooling is great. I used to want to homeschool, but to be perfectly honest, I was never cut out for the stay at home mom thing. It was even more difficult with my daughter's autism. If I'm being totally honest, I wouldn't be a good mom if I never had a break from being domestic...other SN moms out there will definitely relate to this. Now that my daughter is older and in school full time, I have a perfect balance of working part time and I am happy with that. That being said, I am very involved with the school and I volunteer whenever I can. I have a great relationship with all of her helpers...SN teacher, regular ed teacher, 1:1 aide, ST, OT, etc. When there are touchy subjects going on at school, like elections I make sure I review the materials they are teaching and discuss it with the teachers. I've been really lucky so far.

She went from spending most of her time in the special ed class (K-3 thru K-5) to being nearly fully integrated this year (2nd grade)! I am so proud of her. She loves going to school and loves all of her teachers.

Am I happy to be sending her to public schools? No. I grew up with both public and private education. Private is far superior. However, private schools don't take special needs children like my daughter. They can't accommodate her IEP or provide the special education classes she needs. They also don't offer the ST and OT that she needs. I called all of the private schools within a 30 mile radius and got denied by all of them. So, I make do with what I have available.
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We homeschooled for two years and then put our kids back in public school ("good" school district). We have already pulled our youngest out. Our oldest is putting up a fight because he likes the kids he goes to school with. Its a hard decision for my wife and I.
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I was homeschooled along with 4 silblings through all grades. I am still amazed at how little my peers learned at public school and still passed. I know a guy who made it to 8th grade and can barely read to this day.
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As a quite "successful" result of being homeschooled, I'm all for it. However, I also see folks who do a terrible job at it, and the kids have poor social adjustment or are ill-prepared for life outside the home. However, I also see the same type of folks from public school systems. Just do what's best for your child/family.

So, I'm all for homeschooling, but please, actually do it!

(pet peeve if you can't tell...)
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As a quite "successful" result of being homeschooled, I'm all for it. However, I also see folks who do a terrible job at it, and the kids have poor social adjustment or are ill-prepared for life outside the home. However, I also see the same type of folks from public school systems. Just do what's best for your child/family.

So, I'm all for homeschooling, but please, actually do it!

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Good point.

We have known families who were into 'unschooling'. I have been very critical of that idea. To me it indicates laziness on the part of the parents.

Honestly when a really good boxed-set curriculum can be purchased for $150/grade-level. When all assignments are laid-out in advance, we found that each daily 'school' averaged around 90-minutes per day.

What we found is that high quality education it is not expensive nor time-consuming for the parents.
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do any of you that have families and/or children (or might eventually have children) homeschool?
You may need to rephrase your question and poll options. Your attitude is focused on what others like you will do or plan to do. You are asking for advise from the inexperienced.

Consider learning a bit of respect for your elders. Ask those that did that and have the t-shirt what their experience has added to their wisdom.

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Our 2 grandsons are home schooled and love every minute of it.

Please remember that everyday things are also a way to supplement their education. Cooking = reading and following directions + math. Keeping a journal = writing & spelling skills.
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we homeshool, our daughter is in her first year of college and is adjusting very well in fact much better then some of the students that attended public school.
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You may need to rephrase your question and poll options. Your attitude is focused on what others like you will do or plan to do. You are asking for advise from the inexperienced.

Consider learning a bit of respect for your elders. Ask those that did that and have the t-shirt what their experience has added to their wisdom.
Actually my question and poll are exactly how I wanted them. I have a great deal of respect for my elders. In fact, my decision to home-school my daughter was motivated by my time spent with family friend who was in his 80's when I was young. I heard his stories of old-fashioned schooling and education and that is when I decided that his methods were better than what the general public schools have to offer today.

My poll was designed for the purpose of learning how many "others like me" shared my hopes and goals for our children. Next time, before you post, realize that just maybe some of us are already practicing what you preach and do not need the condescending attitude that doesn't answer the question asked. You could have suggested we look to our elders in a more polite and positive tone. I would have been thankful for your input.
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Public school for all of mine. No bubble wrap for my children, they have to get their bumps and bruises early so they learn how to deal with the ****heads out there that they'll have to deal with their entire lives.
I used to think like that. After think about the social aspects of some of the kids and their dirt bag parents in my area I changed my ideas on how I should socialize my children.
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We just started homeschooling and we are using Christian light Education for our curriculum.

My older boy has a learning disability. Now that we are homeschooling it is surprising how much he can learn when somebody actual cares about helping him to learn. I actually pulled my older boy out because of fighting that turned into bullying. My son is big enough and has taken martial arts for a while. He is physically able to handle himself. He can kick butt, physically there is no threat but the physiological aspect is a different story. We pulled him out to avoid the physiological attacks, and the school inability to discipline the students (my son included). There is one child in particular (in my sons class) whose parents do not care about the kid. He shows up with lice, he is very insulting and distributive. His home life is terrible and it has an effect on others. CPS has visited and does nothing. We have another kid that has problems, he goes into rages and hits teachers and kids, state says he the right to schooling like everyone else. He is very distributive and as he becomes older and stronger he will be a danger to others. After pulling him out I now hear of other issues similar to this in the school. I am on the school board and once I pulled my kids out people started coming to me with other issues. I got in a yelling match with the principal at the last board meeting because of this.

If you have a child with special needs I would strongly think about pulling them out.

Our younger son is very bright and needs much less guidance. Half way thought the school year he has accomplished all that the school expects him to do in 1st grade. He gets extra more advanced worksheets but little instruction from the teacher. The teacher would use him to help her instruct other kids or set him in a corner to do 2nd grade work (but with little guidance or instruction).


Public education is a one size fits all program with little flexibility. Some schools are better than other. My kids school actual performs well on testing and isn't a bad school at all. It is just no one care as much about your children as you do.
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I am a librarian, and as such work extensively with families of all sorts. I have relatives who have homeschooled, as well. I have seen really bad homeschoolers, really good ones, and everything else in-between.

The ones that seem to be the most effective combine homeschooling with after-school activities that give the kids a chance to socialize and learn how to interact with people from very different backgrounds. The parents are generally intelligent, educated people who are dedicated to teaching their children in the ways that work best for them as individuals.

The worst ones limit their children's social circles (often to just other homeschoolers or church members), are not very well educated themselves, and don't put a lot of effort into learning more about subjects that they don't already know a lot about.

I know adults who were homeschooled who have done well in life. I also know some who have suffered a lot because of it. Those in the latter category are usually poorly educated and/or have trouble interacting and socializing with people in the real world.

To me, an important part of the equation is why the parents choose to homeschool. Trying to give the child a better education is a great reason, and is particularly applicable for children who have very different learning styles. To me, doing it to isolate the children from the "evil world" will only hinder the children's ability to take care of themselves in the future. I definitely don't understand the utter terror so many people have in regards to sex education.
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Homeschooling is still for religious weirdos; right? If I can't deal with the local public school, here in Ronald Reagan's Orange County, my 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th course of action would be looking at local private schools, Catholic or other (lots of good Christian high schools and many good Catholic ones). I'd even compromise on the uniform issue.

Under no circumstances do I agree with homeschooling. It's for religious nuts and those with little qualms with the local evangelistic minister down the street or think that public schools are places of liberal indoctrination. I've met a few kids who were home schooled and a few who went to all boys Catholic schools. The former were always weirdos and socially inept, the latter just bad with girls.
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