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Show Of Hands November 3rd, 2012 12:00am

Better for kids: overcrowded public schooling or isolated home-schooling? (UQ)

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elaineisbest
11/10/12 10:57 pm

I think it USED to be for religious reasons. And I can totally understand that being weird. Now days I see it more for completely other issues. Ask around I think that's true.

elaineisbest
11/10/12 10:56 pm

So funny. I don't know why non homeschool parents would even care unless they have their own guilt from ignoring their failing kids. Some of us chose to invest in our children and make them a priority. It's ok to have a different opinion, but the guilt is shining through.

elaineisbest
11/10/12 10:53 pm

Funny and ignorant. Maybe you can work for one of my kids one day.

BaldGuy33 Texas
11/10/12 7:08 am

1) We homeschool
2) No one can legitimately comment on the homeschooling of any kids but their own

bhurd California
11/09/12 7:36 pm

Another false hyperbole question. You can do better Tony.

kgirl1992
11/06/12 11:04 pm

I was homeschooled and i had plenty of socialization, and unlike most kids/teens in public school I could interact with people of all ages...

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kgirl1992
11/06/12 11:02 pm

It depends on the family. Parents (at least one) have to be in the house to homeschool and they have to really be interested in doing what's best for the kid... But over crowded schools are never good for anyone...

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RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/06/12 1:54 pm

Pinky: I don't think they get that "sheltered." Let's consider Elementary School. What crazy crap really happens in those 6 yrs that escapes the life of a properly socialized Homeschooler? Losing? Picked last? Bullying? Friendship Fights? BFFs? "Heartbreak?" They don't live in a friendless cave

RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/06/12 1:54 pm

Pinky: I don't think they get that "sheltered." Let's consider Elementary School. What crazy crap really happens in those 6 yrs that escapes the life of a properly socialized Homeschooler? Losing? Picked last? Bullying? Friendship Fights? BFFs? "Heartbreak?" They don't live in a friendless cave

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RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/06/12 1:51 pm

Rand: Spoken like someone who doesn't know what s/he is talking about.
What reality is it that you think they are missing? What life lesson do you think they don't get to learn? Everything after the bell rings for a Public School Kid is the exact same as for a Home School kid.

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/06/12 5:50 am

Hmmm. Guess why? A large percentage of homeschoolers that I've run into (like 90%) homeschool usually for religious reasons. Again, another anecdote, not actual data.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/06/12 2:49 am

You don't consider yourself qualified to seek out the best tutors and curriculum for your children? Have a little more faith in your self.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/06/12 2:47 am

We've given up on it because the best way to maintain a good teacher-student ratio is by homeschooling. I'm sure you're a wonderful teacher. But I have a greater interest and stake in my child's education than you do, and vice versa.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/06/12 2:43 am

@Randfan, you're kind of a 'tard, you know that? You clearly have no understanding of the benefits of homeschooling. I was homeschooled all the way through, and even graduated a year early. And I'm not a member of any cult. Douche.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/06/12 2:40 am

Keeping kids a little sheltered until they grow up and mature a bit is a good idea. I probably couldn't have handled all the crazy crap that's available to public-schoolers without getting mixed up in it.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/06/12 2:37 am

Home-schooling is only as isolated as you make it. We had a great homeschool group in my area growing up, and most of us turned out to be decent, well-adjusted, well-educated adults. I'm certainly more logical than many of my public-schooled friends.

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striker59 Colorado
11/05/12 9:40 pm

Home schooling is for loner kids unless you have a giant family.

MsMandi
11/05/12 9:19 pm

Homeschooling doesn't have to be isolated. There are lots of homeschool groups and organizations where there is plenty of interaction and you can take co-op classes like choir & sports

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xxclixxx Rhode Island
11/05/12 8:54 pm

lol rand don't be a fool. my kids have more social interaction being home schooled than I did in public school. they are being taught to learn for themselves rather than wait for someone else to give them an answer

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RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/05/12 7:57 pm

Kell: the question is a worse case for either option. No attention or overly focused attention on the student

Rand: don't be so rude.

The question may as well have said: is it better to be Book Dumb or Socially Dumb.

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RandFan Headed to IPhone rehab
11/05/12 7:47 pm

Gathering with other members of your cult is hardly being part of society.

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RandFan Headed to IPhone rehab
11/05/12 7:47 pm

How is keeping your "precious little darlings" away from general society anything but harmful?

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RandFan Headed to IPhone rehab
11/05/12 7:46 pm

And his explains the current crop of Tea Party dolts. Indoctrinate the kids at home, rather than have them deal with reality.

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kellea11
11/05/12 6:57 pm

Clearly a biased question. Homeschoolers know that homeschooled kids are anything but isolated. This UQ was asked by someone who knows nothing about homeschooling and has shown their ignorant stereotypical prejudice.

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edgeofbliss
11/05/12 3:03 pm

Although that may be your reality, Quetip, it isn't a one size fits all experience. I know many who volunteer in our community, volunteer for clothing drives and soup kitchens. Is that considered diverse and social?

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edgeofbliss
11/05/12 2:58 pm

Quetip, in one post you mentioned that you used to be homeschooled, and in another one you said that homeschooling doesn't provide kids the opportunity to meet those from diverse backgrounds, or present them with the chance to be social or understanding. I'm sorry if that was your experience.

samf918
11/05/12 2:19 pm

I had two friends whose parents home schooled them 2nd-7th grade and they said it had its pros and cons. They learned more but they lost touch with any friends they made in public school & many of the other home schooled kids were "weird and super religious". Not generalizing, just an anecdote.

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KoineGeek Arkansas
11/05/12 1:48 pm

Badly worded question. All the homeschoolers I know regularly get together with other homeschoolers. They are anything but isolated.

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13yrOldGamer The Awesome
11/05/12 7:49 am

Your right school is boring

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13yrOldGamer The Awesome
11/05/12 7:45 am

Yeah but I'm sure public school is less work

rothbard
11/05/12 7:28 am

Wouldn't want parents teaching now would we.

charlied259
11/04/12 11:29 pm

We homeschooled 2 of our 4 children for 2 yrs. Was fabulous. No problem reentering pub school system, except, they were way ahead of grade in knowledge and studies. They did their studies in about 2 1/2 hours a day. The rest of the time they were doing projects and field trips. Fantastic education.

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Rio76 Wild West
11/04/12 10:47 pm

We homeschool our kids, and once had a local public school tell me we should put them back in school by 7th grade so they won't get too far behind. Are you kidding me?! My kids tell me they can tell which of their friends are not home schooled because "they don't know anything." So much for Pub sch.

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Rio76 Wild West
11/04/12 10:38 pm

Have you ever been in a public junior high school classroom? Is that the socialization you want your kids to have? Really?

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 9:05 pm

Christine, usually if a kid is supervised they make better choices. If they are taught respect, they exhibit it...I know your comment was sarcastic, but how is that a bad thing? Are you saying that the child should be put in an environment where he is molded into kids who don't have that?

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:52 pm

Tommy, who says in order to do that you need to immerse them before they're ready? We hear about the kids committing suicide due to bullying. Are their tormentors really "helping" them to prepare for the real world?

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:35 pm

And what type of social skills can ONLY be learned in public schools?

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:34 pm

I've talked to them, and they're quite intelligent. True, they might not talk about frivolous topics all the time, but that's no reason to be intimidated by them;)

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:25 pm

I actually wish I was home schooled while growing up. I was mercilessly bullied, and was considered an outcast. Maybe if a home schooled kid seems like an outcast to you, maybe you should reach out to them, and not make them feel like one.

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edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:08 pm

So in other words, only homeschool if you're a liberal? No thanks.

edgeofbliss
11/04/12 8:00 pm

I don't know any home-schooled kids who are isolated. It actually is more mainstream than it was years ago, and there are an abundance of co-ops, programs, and more available to them.

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iTeach Mos Eisley
11/04/12 7:48 pm

As a public school teacher I can say without hesitation that overcrowding makes all other issues worse. Good teachers become fair and fair teachers become bad teachers. It becomes more about classroom management and less about teaching. Sadly, we seem to have given up on this issue.

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RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/04/12 6:58 pm

Jcc: Some people have a flair for teaching and some do not. I've been told numerous times that I missed my calling by not teaching. If you do not feel you convey the material then send them to school like my mom did for me. I'm glad you aren't trying to do something that you think you can't do well

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cowboy Doors of Perception
11/04/12 6:24 pm

I don't know why anyone would think that home-schooled kids are isolated. That just doesn't make any sense. Anyway... homeschooling is obviously better for kids. The government re-education centers are obviously failing our kids. That's a fact.

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scgma South Carolina
11/04/12 6:00 pm

Home schoolers are not isolated. That was a very biased put question. Every home schooler I know has or is going on to college so parents must be doing something right

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RogueMom In a Hand Basket
11/04/12 4:26 pm

There's something about adulthood that let's you know when you can or can't do something. If my child accelerates past my capabilities I have no issue hiring the teaching out. Pretty sure K-8th I got down.

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EMomma07
11/04/12 3:31 pm

Would you please cite your sources of these "academic studies" that all disagree?

sook65 California
11/04/12 3:12 pm

Public schools let children experience diversity, which in invaluable in formative years. True, home learning is much better, but parents should work with kids in addition to school, not instead of school.

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Joey5Girl
11/04/12 3:07 pm

Look up differentiation. A lot of schools are going this way.