"According to just about every article I see on homeschooling, the practice is definitely on the rise. That concerns me, because I often wonder what percentage of homeschooled kids are educated as well as they would be in a good public or private school."If you've homeschooled for at least a week, you've heard it before.
Sandy raises concerns about the caliber of the instruction that children will receive from a parent as compared to trained teachers.
She raises concerns about...drum roll...socialization. Now there's a shocker.
She raises concerns about homeschooled kids missing out on music, languages and art. She doesn't have a clue.
Go check out the article and read all the comments and leave one of your own. Or leave one here. I love to hear your thoughts!
Here's what I had to say:
I'm a mom and a teacher. But what has benefited my children most in our homeschooling experience is NOT the fact that I'm a teacher. It's the fact that I'm their mom. Period. I KNOW them. A teacher might have some fancy techniques and expertise (though MANY teachers don't!!), but a mother knows, and LOVES, her child. And she has a vested interest in that child's future. That's what makes homeschooling successful. Yes, there are good teachers. But even the best teachers DON'T always have my child's best interests at heart. I do.
But what irritates me the most about your post is the socialization argument. As someone who has been homeschooling for more than 20 years, frankly, I've had it with the "socialization" argument. I went to public schools. I've taught in public school. I've tutored dozens of children who go to public schools. Here's a newsflash. The socialization that children receive in public school leaves A LOT to be desired. There is nothing there (in a social sense) that my children missed out on. I reject the argument that homeschooled kids need to be enrolled in lots of extra-curricular activities in order to "make up" for the lack of socialization. In my opinion, there is nothing to "make up" for. My children were better off because they were not socialized in that environment. Period. (By the way, three of my children are now adults....I can back this statement with proof that they are all confident, mature, socially capable young adults.)
I wrote a general argument of why I wouldn't send my kids to public school here. Here's an excerpt regarding socialization:
"Schools are places where a dangerous brand of socialization is valued. This brand of socialization insists that children are capable of preparing each other to be meaningful, productive members of society. This brand of socialization argues that being bullied, ostracized, and laughed at is a necessary part of the socialization process. (How else will your children learn to get along in the world?) This brand of socialization exalts rudeness and vulgarity over civility and decency. It values disorder and chaos over discipline and self-control. This brand of socialization favors the popular, the attractive, and the likable, creating a social hierarchy which diminishes the value of those who don’t “measure up”. Ironically, in a place intended for learning, this brand of socialization often values academic mediocrity over academic excellence. In other words, in school it’s often considered "not cool" to be smart.
Here's another post I recently wrote about socialization.
School isn't supposed to be about socialization. It's supposed to be about learning. At least that's what my 5th grade teacher always told me.
"Be quiet and get to work. School isn't the place for socializing!"
(BTW...I linked this post at today's "Hip Homeschool Hop".)