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Once upon a time, homeschooling teetered somewhere on the fringes of society as a practice reserved for religious zealots and recluses. But times have changed, and homeschooling has undergone a metamorphosis.
Today, homeschooling is considered a viable choice to traditional schooling. Although still considered "the road less traveled," the path is quickly being paved by the many parents who have decided to venture into unfamiliar territory. Noting this trend, Parent Soup had to ask, "Do you think homeschooling is a good idea?"
Of the 407 parents polled, 36.36 percent said, "It is a great idea. It allows the child to learn more in a small setting." Another 34.88 percent said homeschooling is a bad idea because it does not allow the child to socialize with other kids on a regular basis. And 22.74 percent said they weren't sure.
ejk12066 said, "I pulled my kids out of school three years ago because of the lack of education they were getting. Schools spend so much time every day teaching kids how to survive in the world and to be a part of a group and there is so little academic learning going on. All of us in the homeschooling community know that homeschooling isn't right for every family. But for those of us that do it, we thank God every day for the blessings to do so. And don't forget, as Americans it's our right to educate our children as we see fit."
cl-janeway1 disagreed. "I totally disagree with the concept of homeschooling. If teachers need to be specifically educated to get a paying job in a school system, what makes me think I'm qualified for the job simply because I 'decide' I want to be? I'm sorry, but my ego is just not that big."