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

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From: artappeal (artappeal_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 16 2003 - 09:03:22 PST


another survey-Homeschooling (only if you have time)
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From: Patricia Knott

My topic is home schooling.

By the way, I live in PA, too, so my responses may be similar to ones you've
already heard.

What is your first reaction to the term home schooling? ( Do you think
home schoolers are religious or political radicals?) My first reaction is
that a parent who wishes to homeschool feels they can give their child
something they feel the public school cannot. Often it is religious
doctrine or personal values. Unfortunately, these parents don't always know
how to teach and the child ends up back in the public school repeating a
grade. The home schooled students in my district (who are few) were home
schooled for religious and social (parents didn't want their children
influenced by other children and popular culture) reasons. One boy was home
schooled while the family sailed around the world.

     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?
I'm not insulted because usually parents make the decision to home school
for personal reasons or as a reaction to the institution of public school,
not me personally.

     Who do think home schools? and why?
People who feel they can better meet their child's needs than a public or
private school can. There are many reasons for this.

Do you think home schoolers have any district or state mandated
requirements? Are you aware of any requirements? Yes, I believe the
students have to pass a test to move to the next grade level.

    Should homeschoolers be allowed to to participate in curricular(classes)
or extracurricular
    activities that the public school provides?
 Yes, I think they should. Don't their parents pay taxes just like the rest
of us? If the school loses funds for that particular student, then he or
she should be able to participate after paying a fee.

    Why are the numbers of home schoolers increasing? (what needs are we not
meeting?) I don't see that happening in my district. We will never be able
to meet the need of Christian based instruction, that's not what we do.

   My local survey indicates that teachers think that the home schooled
child misses out on the
   socialization aspect of attending school. Is this valid?
The home schooled children I've then taught in public school were socially
different, but usually not inept. Often they were able to express their own
ideas and opinions that were different than others. They didn't feel that
great pressure to conform to what everybody else thought. Sometimes that
caused the child social problems, but often other students learned from
these independent thinkers. I find that refreshing. However, I think that
happens for all children whose parents are involved in their lives,
educational and otherwise. It gives children confidence. If you are only
learning from your peers, you are bound to mimic pop culture. On the other
hand if a home school child was taught by a rigid parent who only wished to
indoctrinate their child, the child had more social problems.

I've rambled, but this may be the first time I've really taken the time to
think about the issue, so I let my thoughts flow.

Leah

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