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  1. #1

    Cool Do you homeschool your kids?

    Well?
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    Roger that. She's only 4 though! Reads like a 3rd grader!

  4. #3
    I will when I have kids because both of my professions can be done from the computer and will be the stay at home dad if necessary if and when I ever have kids. In my 30s and thinking about it but the world is a little too fracked up to consider having kids now, I might adopt in a few years.

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  5. #4
    Absolutely. I sent my oldest to kind. and didn't want to. I ended up pulling him out halfway through the year. He's 11 now. I also have a 7 yo and a 2 yo. None of my kids will be going to public school. Homeschooling is awesome. My oldest literally invents all kinds of cool things- he has an invention almost every day. The only drawback is I have to keep an eye on him because he keeps taking apart stuff in my house to use for his inventions. The other day I had track down my missing towel rack from the bathroom- he had used it on a homemade cross bow (along w/the belt from my vacuum cleaner).
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  6. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by mexicanpizza View Post
    Roger that. She's only 4 though! Reads like a 3rd grader!
    I take it that's her in the avatar??? If it is, that is soooo cute.

  7. #6
    I definitely plan to! I was homeschooled, and I am proud to say my parents were "homeschooling pioneers".
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  8. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by TheTyke View Post
    I definitely plan to! I was homeschooled, and I am proud to say my parents were "homeschooling pioneers".
    We homeschooled our three boys in the sixties and they turned out to be great young men

  9. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Meatwasp View Post
    We homeschooled our three boys in the sixties and they turned out to be great young men
    Yeah, well, my mom thinks I'm brilliant and pretty too.
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    where is the "i dont plan to homeschool my kids" option? homeschooling kids for the sake of keeping them out of the department of educations hands seems a little extreme. I went through public school and I turned out just fine... or atleast thats what i like to believe.. im currently one year away to graduating from college with a degree in electrical engineering... I cant imagine being deprived of the lessons ive learned and the friends ive had throughout school. If you really are concerned about what your child learns than do what my parents did and get involved in your kids school work. Make sure you know when they ahve tests, projects and homework due. If they do well then they can get into advanced learning programs and will end up taking college level courses while still in high school. Maybe this isnt the same for everybody but im sure i would have missed out on many life lessons if I was never a part of the public school system and i plan on giving my kids the same treatment. And no, i dont believe in the department fo education and do think the system is flawed, but thats still not enoguh to convince me to homeschool my kids.
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  12. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by amy31416 View Post
    Yeah, well, my mom thinks I'm brilliant and pretty too.
    If moms don't say it who will. Ha!

  13. #11
    I was homeschooled from 1st grade through high school but my son really wants to go to public school so that's what he gets to do. He starts kindergarten in August.

  14. #12
    As much as I hate the sound of this, I am going to use the term "Super-schooling" - I do have my kids in public school but I will not rely solely upon the pss to educate my children. I am extremely dissatisfied with the fact that 2nd graders only got 3 days of science last year because the teachers literally spent ALL YEAR teaching to the bubble test for English and Math.

    So I will continue to keep them enrolled but I also will take a very active role in planning learner-centered and child-led educational activities that I can do with them myself.

  15. #13
    I'm not planning on homeschooling my children if/when I have them. First off and probably most important, they would lose out on the social aspect of school. Probably one of the greatest lessons you learn through public school is the life lesson of meeting people, making friends, and dealing with people you don't like and who don't like you. Second, I consider myself to be a relatively smart person, but I don't think I would be able to adequately teach my child in every subject that a public school would have to offer. There's a reason that people have to major/minor in specific areas in order to teach them.

  16. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by soapmistress View Post
    As much as I hate the sound of this, I am going to use the term "Super-schooling" - I do have my kids in public school but I will not rely solely upon the pss to educate my children. I am extremely dissatisfied with the fact that 2nd graders only got 3 days of science last year because the teachers literally spent ALL YEAR teaching to the bubble test for English and Math.

    So I will continue to keep them enrolled but I also will take a very active role in planning learner-centered and child-led educational activities that I can do with them myself.
    My plans exactly. My son is a major socialite and I don't want to keep him out of school for that reason alone. But I don't expect the school to teach him anything.

  17. #15
    However, when you grow up and have kids, and you see their teachers handing out xeroxs made from photocopies made from ditto machines of the same purple-tinged worksheets that YOU sat in front of for hours as a kid, it kinda makes you wonder how smart these "teachers" are Sometimes you hafta wonder... why don't we still take sticks and draw math problems in the dirt? It would save a lot of paper.

  18. #16
    I think about that...but kids who are home schooled have fewer friends, and when you are young friends are vital.

    I'll probably keep them in school, but also teach them after school as well
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  20. #17
    Everyone I know who homeschools has children who do gymnastics, Little League, girl scouts, you name it. They are the moms who have WAY more time - not just to sign their kids up and drop them off at practice, but to actually be the parent leaders in all of these groups.

  21. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by soapmistress View Post
    However, when you grow up and have kids, and you see their teachers handing out xeroxs made from photocopies made from ditto machines of the same purple-tinged worksheets that YOU sat in front of for hours as a kid, it kinda makes you wonder how smart these "teachers" are Sometimes you hafta wonder... why don't we still take sticks and draw math problems in the dirt? It would save a lot of paper.
    Exactly There are a few teachers who really put their all into their work but most of them could care less how much your child learns as long as they barely pass the tests. My wife comes from a long line of public school employees and as much as I hate to say it...I'm not impressed with most of them.

  22. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by icon124 View Post
    I think about that...but kids who are home schooled have fewer friends, and when you are young friends are vital.

    I'll probably keep them in school, but also teach them after school as well
    I think I turned out fine. I don't like very many people but that's because they are stupid and don't support Ron Paul...not because I was homeschooled and raised to be anti-social

  23. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraisWisdom View Post
    I'm not planning on homeschooling my children if/when I have them. First off and probably most important, they would lose out on the social aspect of school. Probably one of the greatest lessons you learn through public school is the life lesson of meeting people, making friends, and dealing with people you don't like and who don't like you. Second, I consider myself to be a relatively smart person, but I don't think I would be able to adequately teach my child in every subject that a public school would have to offer. There's a reason that people have to major/minor in specific areas in order to teach them.
    Studies have shown that homeschool kids do better in socialization than public school kids. Think about it, is it better to have normal realtionships within your community or stuck in a room with 30 kids the same age? The answer is obvious.

    John Taylor found, using the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale, "while half of the conventionally schooled children scored at or below the 50th percentile (in self-concept), only 10.3% of the home-schooling children did so."[47] He further stated that "the self-concept of home-schooling children is significantly higher (and very much so statistically) than that of children attending the conventional school. This has implications in the areas of academic achievement and socialization, to mention only two. These areas have been found to parallel self-concept. Regarding socialization, Taylor's results would mean that very few home-schooling children are socially deprived. He claims that critics who speak out against home schooling on the basis of social deprivation are actually addressing an area which favors home schoolers.[47]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschool

    47 Self-Concept in home-schooling children, John Wesley Taylor V, Ph.D., Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

  24. #21
    I really would disagree with the thought that homeschooled kids have less friends. I think that of everyone I know, the homeschooled kids are breastfed longer, have a more secure attachment to their parents, have a strong sense of belonging within their family structure, have very strong attachments to their less-superficial circle of friends, and gain a lot of real-world experience.

    More headshots in a yearbook /= more friends.

  25. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by risk_reward View Post
    Studies have shown that homeschool kids do better in socialization than public school kids. Think about it, is it better to have normal realtionships within your community or stuck in a room with 30 kids the same age? The answer is obvious.

    John Taylor found, using the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale, "while half of the conventionally schooled children scored at or below the 50th percentile (in self-concept), only 10.3% of the home-schooling children did so."[47] He further stated that "the self-concept of home-schooling children is significantly higher (and very much so statistically) than that of children attending the conventional school. This has implications in the areas of academic achievement and socialization, to mention only two. These areas have been found to parallel self-concept. Regarding socialization, Taylor's results would mean that very few home-schooling children are socially deprived. He claims that critics who speak out against home schooling on the basis of social deprivation are actually addressing an area which favors home schoolers.[47]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschool

    47 Self-Concept in home-schooling children, John Wesley Taylor V, Ph.D., Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

    Yep. The socialization thing is a complete myth. I'm sure there are a few extreme cases of kids who were deprived but where I was raised we had a huge group of homeschoolers who were very active in sports, boyscouts, girlscouts, etc. In fact, one of the football coaches at the middle school actually homeschooled his kids.

  26. #23
    My cousin homeschools her 8 year old. There are good and bad things about the way she's doing it so far (the kid speaks fluent Hebrew but can't tell you what 4 times 5 is and his handwriting is atrocious).
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  27. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by OptionsTrader View Post
    I will when I have kids because both of my professions can be done from the computer and will be the stay at home dad if necessary if and when I ever have kids. In my 30s and thinking about it but the world is a little too fracked up to consider having kids now, I might adopt in a few years.
    I'm right there with you... Except the job part.

    I will never send my kids to public school, ever!
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  29. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraisWisdom View Post
    I'm not planning on homeschooling my children if/when I have them. First off and probably most important, they would lose out on the social aspect of school. Probably one of the greatest lessons you learn through public school is the life lesson of meeting people, making friends, and dealing with people you don't like and who don't like you. Second, I consider myself to be a relatively smart person, but I don't think I would be able to adequately teach my child in every subject that a public school would have to offer. There's a reason that people have to major/minor in specific areas in order to teach them.
    I promised myself I wouldn't start debating anyone who felt ps was okay. I swear, I tried to refrain but I couldn't ignore this.

    The greatest lesson you learn is the life lesson of meeting people? Making friends? Dealing w/people? Because we know that only happens in schools. And schools are definitely the way to teach kids to "get along" with others. I mean, hell, look at how great everyone in society gets along! And they do it without even questioning authority!

    I love our RP Republicans but you guys have to realize that PUBLIC SCHOOLS are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, obstacles we face in educating people. You have to realize WHY these schools were created, their purpose, and the success they have had. While we all complain about ignorant people- they are trained to be that way. I applaud those who realize this and do "extra" education like SoapMistress. Even that, though, will only put your child at a disadvantage because he will be smarter than the others. He will spend many wasted hours in school, bored, while others memorize the same redundant things over and over and over.

    And the funniest statement ever is that you don't know enough to teach your kids what they learn in school. Um, didn't you go yourself? You should know everything and be perfectly capable of passing it on to your own kids if it works so well.

    Read up on this guys. Start researching. I know not everyone has a choice, not everyone CAN homeschool so I'm not trying to down you. If you do have a choice, though, make one. Research schools like you researched Ron Paul. Everything about them from their not so humble socialist beginnings (look up the fathers of American education) to unions, textbooks, how curriculum is selected (the hatred of phonics is particularly fascinating), NEA goals (guess what, they have little to do with actual education)- everything you can find. Public schools were put in place to control the masses. To create a worker who is educated enough to do his job, but not educated enough to think critically and raise questions. To create a society that willingly accepts socialism and thinks of the "greater good" before they think of their own individual rights.

    Go to your local schools and ask questions. Many don't teach phonics (if you don't hs, PLEASE teach your child phonics). Renegade teachers have gotten in trouble for teaching phonics! Instead, the method of look say is more prevalent. That is memorizing the words instead of learning to sound them out. Seriously. Teachers collect supplies from the kids (notebooks, pencils the parents send for their child) then "redistribute" them among the kids randomly to be fair. Increasingly we have schools with "no fail" policies- no one's self esteem gets hurt because they fail a grade! Ask your avg American about Constitutional rights, especially high schoolers. Ask them about the Federal Reserve.
    ďUnless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Itís not.Ē
    The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

  30. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by asgardshill View Post
    My cousin homeschools her 8 year old. There are good and bad things about the way she's doing it so far (the kid speaks fluent Hebrew but can't tell you what 4 times 5 is and his handwriting is atrocious).
    Some parents teach better than others I'm sure. But I could show you a ton of public school kids who can't tell you what 4 times 5 is and have terrible handwriting Heck, half of my son's friends in the neighborhood can hardly speak English let alone write it.

  31. #27
    I went to public school for the majority of my education and I am the biggest introvert I know (not saying much coming from an introvert-ha.) These decisions about schooling should be made based on the child's personality, the quality of the schools and the parent's capability to educate them.

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  32. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkmandy View Post
    I promised myself I wouldn't start debating anyone who felt ps was okay. I swear, I tried to refrain but I couldn't ignore this.

    The greatest lesson you learn is the life lesson of meeting people? Making friends? Dealing w/people? Because we know that only happens in schools. And schools are definitely the way to teach kids to "get along" with others. I mean, hell, look at how great everyone in society gets along! And they do it without even questioning authority!

    I love our RP Republicans but you guys have to realize that PUBLIC SCHOOLS are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, obstacles we face in educating people. You have to realize WHY these schools were created, their purpose, and the success they have had. While we all complain about ignorant people- they are trained to be that way. I applaud those who realize this and do "extra" education like SoapMistress. Even that, though, will only put your child at a disadvantage because he will be smarter than the others. He will spend many wasted hours in school, bored, while others memorize the same redundant things over and over and over.

    And the funniest statement ever is that you don't know enough to teach your kids what they learn in school. Um, didn't you go yourself? You should know everything and be perfectly capable of passing it on to your own kids if it works so well.

    Read up on this guys. Start researching. I know not everyone has a choice, not everyone CAN homeschool so I'm not trying to down you. If you do have a choice, though, make one. Research schools like you researched Ron Paul. Everything about them from their not so humble socialist beginnings (look up the fathers of American education) to unions, textbooks, how curriculum is selected (the hatred of phonics is particularly fascinating), NEA goals (guess what, they have little to do with actual education)- everything you can find. Public schools were put in place to control the masses. To create a worker who is educated enough to do his job, but not educated enough to think critically and raise questions. To create a society that willingly accepts socialism and thinks of the "greater good" before they think of their own individual rights.

    Go to your local schools and ask questions. Many don't teach phonics (if you don't hs, PLEASE teach your child phonics). Renegade teachers have gotten in trouble for teaching phonics! Instead, the method of look say is more prevalent. That is memorizing the words instead of learning to sound them out. Seriously. Teachers collect supplies from the kids (notebooks, pencils the parents send for their child) then "redistribute" them among the kids randomly to be fair. Increasingly we have schools with "no fail" policies- no one's self esteem gets hurt because they fail a grade! Ask your avg American about Constitutional rights, especially high schoolers. Ask them about the Federal Reserve.
    I agree with you 100% if every parent was as capable and smart as you, but not all parents are qualified to be good teachers even if they know the right things.
    Those who want liberty must organize as effectively as those who want tyranny. -- Iyad el Baghdadi

  33. #29
    ďUnless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Itís not.Ē
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  34. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by Dorfsmith View Post
    Some parents teach better than others I'm sure. But I could show you a ton of public school kids who can't tell you what 4 times 5 is and have terrible handwriting Heck, half of my son's friends in the neighborhood can hardly speak English let alone write it.
    True. My handwriting wasn't exactly Palmer Method perfect either when I was his age. I teach the occasional mini-clinic in math, English lit, and computer technology so he gets it from all sides of the family
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