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Re: another survey-Homeschooling (only if you have time)


Date: Sat Nov 15 2003 - 04:44:19 PST

  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?)
     I personally love the idea of home schooling, because as a teacher, I
see that there are great inequities in what children learn, depending on who
their teacher is. Also with such an emphasis on preparing for the test, I would
rather my child be learning about the world, how to function within it, how to
contribute to it; not learning to fill in bubbles on a scantron sheet.
     However, while I know of success stories regarding home schooling, I see
and hear of many instances where home schooling is used not to benefit the
child, but to accomodate the family.
     My true feeling is that most parents are not able to proper educate
their children at home.

       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? Not at
all. Especially if someone is doing it as a knee-jerk reaciton to the system.
 Teaching/educating is very very difficult. Many people who thumb their
noses at public school education by home schooling soon find they are just
ill-equiped to do the job.


       Who do think home schools? and why?

     #1. Parents are tired of the fight to get their kids to school. #2.
Parents need a babysitter for younger siblings #3. Religious reasons #4.
Parents who travel and what thier children with them. #5. Parents who truly
feel public school has little to offer and feel they have to give this a chance.

      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? NO....I do
not believe that is either fair or appropriate use of resources with regard to
the public school. There was a situation in our town several years ago when
a parent had taken her daughter out of the public high school and put her in
private school (I live in a very affluent town with several private schools)
yet the private school did not have an instrumental music program. The band
teacher at the time told her she could continue to play with the band so she
could compete at state competitions, which all look good on the old college app!
There was a lot of back and forth with the parent offering to pay a fee and
such but in the end, the answer was no.
     Things like music, extra curricular sports, art, etc are expensive for a
district and many people see them as extras. They are the first thing to be
cut when there is a money crunch. It trivializes these disciplines/activities
further when someone eschews the "academics" of a school but doesn't want to
pay for private tutoring in music, art or try out for a travel team. Maybe
the two aren't related, but I feel there is a connection.

      Why are the numbers of home schoolers increasing? (what needs are we
not meeting?) I don't have any information on that. My guess is a backlash
against all this testing nonsense!!!

     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 feel it is pretty valid. Especially if the parent has choosen home
schooling for a reason that is more self-motivated than one that benefits the
child. A parent who is home schooling has to make a lot of extra effort to
provide those every day social opportunities for their children.

  Can we embrace all alternatives to educating all children and, perhaps,
disregard our notions of what we regard as tradition? I think most teachers do
that. As educators, we always think "children first". I feel what best
benefits the child is the best alternative. However, I have seen many creative
education solutions come out of public school. They have the resources to deal
with 98% of the students who come through the doors.

  Thanks to anyone who can plod through this

  but only through the plodding will we really understand the learning >>