In a word – NO!
It can be a big decision whether to home educate. Parents choosing to home school their children know from the get go that this is a big responsibility. Home schooling means total involvement. For home schooling parents, the task of helping their children to learn is hardly ever a burden though.
Just as parents help their offspring to learn to walk, talk, eat, get dressed, brush teeth etc by acting as a role model and providing guidance, home schooling is a natural progression when providing the now older child with tools and resources to read, write, count, add, subtract etc. It can be said that the best teachers for children are those that love them the most and are so familiar with and respect their individual way of learning. Parents who have the time and patience (although this doesn’t always come easy but is learned and expanded on along the way) to give their undivided attention, unless of course other siblings are being home schooled. Children that are given the freedom to follow their own interests, to delve into topics that interest them and have some say in how and what they learn, develop into eager and effective learners.
Those that home school are doing what the good teachers out there wish they could do but cant, as classes are often over full, there is not enough time for everyone. Most teachers will agree that the children, who do well in school, are those whose parents are more involved in their education or are naturally good academically
Related link: Benefits of home schooling
I just found this on my old website and will shrae it below. It’s something what i wrote about 2 years ago on my old website and wanted to share it. REAL LIFE STORY. Some graphic and disturbing content
‘When I was on the train a couple days ago, I happened to be sitting near a group of about 7 teenage girls. One of them was loudly talking about how much she needed c*** – along with some descriptions. To this one of her friends gasped and said “your’e only 13 years old, how can you say that!”, to which the girl beamingly replied “well, actually, I’m nearly 14”. They preceded to talk in-depth about boys, how much they hated school, which girls were being nasty to them there, which teachers they hated and didn’t get on with…then the same girl who had expressed her apparent ‘needs’ a little earlier, said she often thought about killing herself. She then showed off her right hand and said she had punched a brick wall the day before because she just wanted to die and got really angry! I really couldn’t help but glance over, her knuckles were raised and swollen, yet she was smiling and telling her friends as if she were really proud! She then asked her friends to raise a hand only if they had NEVER thought about killing themselves. Only 1 girl put up a hand saying that she had never thought about suicide and that she found it weird to even contemplate the idea. So that’s 6 out of 7 13-14 year olds right in front of my very eyes saying they’d entertained thoughts of topping themselves!
It really saddened me to hear these girls discussing these things. I was also shocked, anyone would have been, I hope. So depressed at such a young age… then, when they were getting off the train, they were moaning about having to go back to their ‘boring’ homes and saying how much they disliked (though the word ‘hate’ did pop up too) their parents. I could really see how divided society is, how these kids band together because they feel like there is nothing or no-one else to care about (them). They try and act like adults, try and seem tough on the outside, some exploiting their bodies way too young to meet unmet emotional needs, to fulfil an emptiness. In reality, they are lost, hurt souls who don’t know who they really are, can’t see their own potential and how special we all are. Where are they getting these ideas from and why? I’m sure a lot of it stems from school. Children are away from their families 5 DAYS A WEEK from too young an age, some even go to breakfast club/after school clubs/ childminders/ grandparents/ relatives. Of course there are those who thrive in the school environment, good for them. But for those who are really unhappy there is a long wait ahead until they are old enough to leave. Who is raising your kids when you send them to school? There are some amazing teachers out their who make learning fun. I had a couple, the others left a lot to desire to put it mildly. Essentially these are strangers, people who’s first name we dont even know, whether they are kind people, or the shouty sressy type. Kids all have to try their hardest to ‘learn’ at the same pace as their peers and all in the same way. Some give up and fall behind… Their minds are being stretched in too many directions with too many subjects, they have to sit STILL in classrooms with everyone around the same age (how does this teach them about the REAL WORLD) and have to get the teachers permission to pee! I just read that it takes 40 days to establish a habit, 90 days to confirm it and 120 days to acknowledge it as who you are… just think what YEARS of school do to you…
What i saw clearly demonstrated to me that school CAN have a negative effect on children.
This is more of an American thing, but from what I have read Charter Schools are like a trojan horse (makes me think of computer viruses!) sneakily infiltrating the home ed world and gaining control.
Presently, it is estimated that 1.5 million children are being educated at home in the USA, and the number increases 15% each year. These homeschooled children are winning awards, their test scores are off the charts, and their accomplishments are often mentioned in the news. Colleges around the country WANT these exceptional young people. The National Educational Association of teachers and their socialistic ideas of Goals 2000 are unable to control these 1.5 million homeschooled children. Or can they?
Charter Schools are like public schools in disguise. Homeschoolers are lining up to enrol and get their free money for signing up, “free” computers and Internet service, “free” textbooks, “free” extra curricular activities such as gym, dance, horse riding etc. The state gives around $5000 to the charter school for each child enrolled. About $1000 goes to your “Educational Facilitator” (a public school teacher who is your overseer); $1000 goes to you (of course not in one lump sum or to use at your discretion) and the remaining $3000 goes to the charter school (for administrative expenses). A few schools divide the $5000 into thirds. Either way, someone is making lots of money! By the year 2000 there were around 17 state-mandated guidelines in California. A couple years later there were 250 guidelines to follow.
By enrolling in a charter school you are essentially –
· Inviting the government into your home. Your children are now public school students, and your children’s homeschooling records are now public information. When you bring government money into your home, you give them more control over what goes in your home.
· You are consenting to governmental control of homeschooling. You will be agreeing to allow your assigned Educational Facilitator into your home to observe your family once each month. (Some are now asking for twice a month visits.) Did you know they are trained to look for abuse and neglect, to observe children’s behaviour, and to read and analyze written answers on tests and papers? Did you know it could be just about anyone? The government is not as discriminating in hiring teachers as you would be!
· Permitting the government to dictate what resources you use to teach your children. You must file a purchase order that will be authorized before you receive your books, and you dont even get to keep them once you’ve finished with them. Please return!
· The government may be encouraged to increase taxes to pay for all these charter schools to grow, as teh need increases. More students mean the need for more money, the need for more administrators and the need for more accountability. This encourages growth of government, not cutbacks.
· Giving up your freedom to ‘teach’ your child to suits their individual needs.
To read the full article click : Charter Schools – The Trojan Horse of Home Schooling
Additional reading – Home School vs Charter School, Battle for the soul of home schooling, Class structure
* Children are taught by their parents who know (and of course love) them the best.
* There is a lot more time to spend together as a family.
* More time to pursue subjects that aren’t taught in public schools.
* Children are able to learn at their own pace, as much time as needed can be spent on a given subject.
* Children will be able to focus and concentrate better without disruptive classmates.
* More outdoors time which is healthier than being in a classroom for most of the day.
* A sense of responsibility and values is instilled as children (hopefully 🙂 )help out with running the day to day household such as washing up, drying up, laundry, cooking, tidying and helping out with younger siblings
* Life skills are learned in a natural way as more time is spent with adults
* Family bonds are deepened
* There is more time for non-academic pursuits such as art, astronomy or music, and things like reading, drawing and watching movies, which Inky loves to do,
* Children will feel more responsible as they help design their own education.
* Rather than always ask their teacher for help and who generally doesn’t have much time for much one on one, children will be able to seek alternative assistance from various other sources and ask their parents for help.
* Rather than working for external satisfaction (as in teachers) they can work for internal satisfaction. This helps build them in to confident and happy beings.
* Children will learn to judge the quality of their own work, rather than their teacher doing it for them. They aren’t just trying to satisfy the teacher.
* As there is no risk of being embarrassed in front of fellow classmates or being criticized by the teacher, children will be more outspoken and creative.
* There will be less peer pressure to grow up quickly.
* There will be an immediate response to a child’s work rather than them having to anxiously wait for a teacher to mark it to find out where they went ‘wrong’.
* There is no need for testing, grading or strict deadlines (until its time for those GCSEs!)
* What the children gain in knowledge and understanding is the reward for studying in a happy environment, rather than constantly seeking a teachers approval.
* The child’s energy is channelled into what they want to learn rather than what they HAVE to learn. * Children will have friends based on common interests and choice rather than being placed in the same age groups. There is more time for ‘socialising’ contrary to what lots of people think. Lots of play dates, birthday party’s and sleepovers that often turn in to 2-3 day sleepovers …
* There are more opportunities for field trips, especially when kids are at school and everywhere is quiet, waiting to be explored. A lot of places now have special home educator rates. I shall be compiling a list in the future – watch this space!
* Going abroad at off peak times is another great perk! We love taking full advantage
* Morality and love will be more valued than money and status.
* Rather than waiting to grow up to explore their passions children can start right now
* Children are offered a more complete, rounded and adaptable education.
* They are free to be themselves and never have to change to ‘fit in’, or hide who they really are.