another survey-Homeschooling (only if you have time)Patricia, I have two homeschooled teenagers here at Art Education Studio, and although they are a little high maintainence and don't seem to do their clean-up very well, I find them enjoyable. The 13 year old girl works very fast, so I have to adjust her lesson plans, and her brother, a 16 year old is very technical and loves to build and use tools. They come here for two hours per week, and I think their mother is glad to have some help with them. Actually these kids seem to think coming to art class is recess. As a former pubic school teacher, I find these homeschool kids very smart and confident.
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From: Patricia Knott
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 5:06 PM
Subject: another survey-Homeschooling (only if you have time)
Last summer I asked this list to help me with a survey for my grad class on issues in education and your responses got me a big WOW from my class. We tend to get very provincial in our observations and this list allows for a more global response to questions, issues, and answers.
So, I'm in another grad class and am compiling more responses for a report. I have surveyed locally and am searching for opinions that got beyond my local attitudes and maybe incorporate some observations that are different from the perceptions I see where I live in PA.
My topic is home schooling.
What is your first reaction to the term home schooling? ( Do you think home schoolers are religious or political radicals?)
Are you insulted by home schooling? Are you offended that what we do may be in question
by the parent or student that wants homeshooling?
Who do think home schools? and why?
Do you think home schoolers have any district or state mandated requirements? Are you
aware of any requirements?
Should homeschoolers be allowed to to participate in curricular(classes) or extracurricular
activities that the public school provides?
Why are the numbers of home schoolers increasing? (what needs are we not meeting?)
My local survey indicates that teachers think that the home schooled child misses out on the
socialization aspect of attending school. Is this valid?
I spent an hour yesterday interviewing a child that comes weekly to my video production club , but is otherwise home schooled. He is doing incredible stuff with video and computer stuff. He is motivated to work all day on what compels him. He is faithful to my club. His special needs don't fall into the categories so home schooling is working for him. His reasons are pursuit of interest and I am respectful of what he feels the school was not giving him.
Can we embrace all alternatives to educating all children and, perhaps, disregard our notions of what we regard as tradition?
Thanks to anyone who can plod through this
but only through the plodding will we really understand the learning