In short – yes, so long you are a committed and involved parent with normal intelligence… and no history of serious mental illness…! You don’t have to be highly educated or have heaps of money to succeed at home schooling. Research has shown that parents with just a secondary school education, or less, can do as good a job as those with advanced degrees, or education degrees, and even better most of the time. It is no secret that all the research shows homeschooled children excel in all subject areas compared with their public- and private-school peers. Any family that give home schooling a chance will soon see the positive social, academic and emotional benefits.
Most things in schools are learned for exams, and so there is little long standing knowledge. Children may know a lot, yet understand very little. It is apparent that home schoolers are one up on regular school goers as they are far more adept at facing the outside world. School goers tend to have trouble keeping silent and thinking in depth. An artificial busyness is imposed on them and quiet contemplation is not often possible. Rowdy and destructive behaviour is more common as it is copied from their peers.
To home school or not to home school…that is the question and the decision parents must make. When signing their kids up to government schools, parents feel they are doing the right thing, that they are doing the best for their children and that their kids are in safe hands receiving quality education. But are they really? Are the children actually learning anything useful?
Modern schools are accepted by us and therefore seem normal to the general public because we have been conditioned from birth to accept them! Really, ‘normal schools’ are highly abnormal, unnatural environments. When in your life would you spend all day with 25 to 35 people of the same age, doing activities that don’t actually have a usable outcome? In the real world, you interact with people of ALL ages.
Just a few pro’s of home schooling.
* Im not sure about the situation in England, but in the USA however, 6/10 teenagers witness bullying in school ONCE A DAY, if not more. This was reported by John A. Calhoun, President and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). Bullying from their peers in classrooms, at break time or in hallways, even from teachers. Kids are scared by this and this makes it hard for them to learn.
* Home schooling = less exposure to alcohol and drugs. As a rule, children don’t get hold of drugs at home, they obtain them at or near school. Again, in the USA, there is Ritalin abuse, which is routinely prescribed to kids with behavioural problems and are labelled as having ADHD. Add to this solvent abuse, street drugs, alcohol etc. In some USA research that was carried out, 31% of secondary school goers, (around 5 million) say the binge drink once a month.
* Emotional Benefits – in typical schools there is emotional pressure put on children who are clever, require special needs or seem “different”. They may receive negative emotional input – name calling, taking the mickey, embarrassment, ridicule…. Research has proven that to learn children must feel safe. Therefore, teaching at home in a safe, loving home gives them a mega head start in life, in fact for all of life, removing them from peer pressure, cliques and gangs.
* The ADD/ADHD ‘Problem’. Sadly, teachers and people of ‘authority’ are getting ever quicker at labelling kids WITHOUT ADD/ADHD WITH ADD/ADHD. Males are far more at risk because their typical male behaviour is labelled as this. Females and males alike with low body fat find it hard and uncomfortable to sit on hard chairs for hours, and are at higher risk of being labelled with one of the disorders. a lot of ignorant parents are drugging their beloved children up to the eyeballs with DRUGS such as Ritalin to put them into a docile state. Kids are MEANT to have energy. They are in their youth, in their prime. At home they are not forced to sit down all day long. They can move about freely, dispel some energy, sit on a comfy chair/sofa. You know, they can feel at home! Also parents know their children best and how they behave, they also know what makes them tick and how to handle them.
* The sexual pressure is taken out of the equation. According to a survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 81% of kids aged 12-14, including those who have lost their virginity, feel that kids today are pressured to have sex far too early. Some kids, especially girls, try to dress skimpily and act older, the age seems to be getting younger all the time. Too much emphasis is placed on sex at schools.