By an educator: 12 Reasons to Homeschool

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By an educator: 12 Reasons to Homeschool
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Mon, 06-11-2012 - 12:07am

I came across this recently, and thought that all the members, but most especially the new ones, might find this reasuring to know that what they are considering or are doing is supported by at least some in the education establishment.

 

http://12most.com/2012/02/07/compelling-reasons-to-homeschool-children/

 

Enjoy!   Those of us who have been here a while will be nodding our heads in agreement, and had I seen this when new, giving a sigh of relief to know that what I was thinking was right on target!

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I did enjoy the article until I got to this little dig at the end:

"They know that those who receive outdated, classroom-based instruction will end up with the rest of the young people Occupying Wall Street and beyond."

The fact is that many people who are plenty smart and well educated have had their jobs offshored by those who can hire someone overseas to do the work for a pittance of what it costs to have a normal standard of living in the US...in fact recently I read an article about a company that was importing Indian workers on US visas intended for temporary workers, that allowed the company to pay the workers Indian scale (not US) wages while they lived and worked in the US. Homeschoolers can be affected by these illegal/unethical practices as well as those who have a more traditional education. I know homeschoolers who are generally quite capable academically, but who do not understand scientific method or have an adequate base of knowledge in science and mathematics to be tomorrow's innovators...this includes one of my kids, who simply does not have any interests in that direction.

Deborah
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I just came upon this board and this particular thread was quite interesting.  I am the Grandmother of a 4th grader who will be homeschooling this year.  I will be doing the bulk of the instruction time with Mom fitting in what she can after work and on weekends.  This article is about all the reasons they have made the homeschooling decision!  It really is nice to have our thoughts mirrored by an educator!

We will be going through an independent charter homeschool that has been around for a long time and is exceptionally well thought of.  We get several curriculum choices in each subject and if we don't like those they will buy what we need, we are given $500 each semester to use for educational purposes of OUR choice, including swim team dues, dance or gymnastics lessons, etc., and we meet with our assigned teacher for an hour every 2-3 weeks just to make sure we are actually providing an education.  That teacher is available for any problems or questions we have via email, too.  There are optional classes at the center that are hands on, and their library is chock full of resources for us to use.

As a former teacher, I am excited about this concept and can't wait to get started!  We have been through the gamut of  school choices in our area and all of them have failed us.  My granddaughter is an exceptionally bright child who is also very outgoing, and in the traditional classroom that combination leads to disaster!  

Thanks for posting this. 

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:08am

Welcome aboard, misswindi.  Your granddaughter is one lucky young lady!  I hope the two of you have a lot of fun together.  I'm looking forward to hearing more of your experiences...so I hope you'll be sticking around.  We have recess for moms every day...I'll have to think of a new title now that you're here :smileylol:  I hope that hsing will provide the educational environment that your gd has missed so far.


Sue
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:28am

Welcome from one grandmother to another.  We are a 2nd generation home schooling family as my oldest dd is also home schooling her children.  She will be doing 2nd grade, Kindergarten, and preschool this year.  My son and I will be doing  9th grade this year.  We both home school through charter schools.  Just not the same one.  My son started out in the charter school my dd is using but switched to a different charter school last year that is a better fit for him.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Welcome to the club! I am glad you found us! We also work through charter school (well, not exactly, in WA they are called ALEs.) We also pay for some stuff out of pocket that they will not allow or such, but overall, I feel like I have a lot of choice, as well as support. I am sure that both you and your granddaughter will have lots of fun learning from each other!
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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 12:05pm
treddlesewingmachine wrote:
 I am sure that both you and your granddaughter will have lots of fun learning from each other!


Isn't the truth!  Especially as we get into the high school years.  I think that I have learned as much, if not more, teaching my children as they have learned.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett