I and my siblings have personally been homeschooled. From this perspective, I would like to refute one of the top article’s arguments against homeschooling: (1) adherence to time, (2) adherence to curriculum, and (3) social issues.
The author (I am assuming the author is a female because of the name appended to the article) who wrote this opposing article is a high school teacher and obviously knows a bit of what she is talking about. Many of my friends who were homeschooled were only homeschooled until they reached high school. So I am assuming the author has had much experience in teaching homeschooled children who are now being publicly educated. My main point that I would like make is that though some do not homeschool properly, many of us have been educated quite well through our parents.
ADHERENCE TO TIME
My mom was always firm in teaching us to be punctual. Each of us awoke at 6:00 am every morning. Chores (such as vacuuming, mopping floors, scrubbing tubs) had to be complete before we could eat. We then began school at 8:00 am. Our school schedule was structured like many of the public school’s structures nowadays. The difference is that each of us could learn at our own pace. Because of this, I and many of my siblings have been able to attend college by the age of sixteen with full competence. I was in fact on the Dean’s list and had full scholarships for many semesters.
ADHERENCE TO CURRICULUM
It is true that many of us who are homeschooled end up reading the book ourselves and seeing what we can make of it. Some complain that it is human nature to shirk, which it is. Because of this, the child does not obtain a viable education. In my opinion, a parent who mainly relies on this method is not actually teaching and therefore, a public education would be better.
Let me tell you how my mother would do it: she always worked one-on-one with the youngest child, giving that child a good foundation for the first part of the day. During that time, each of us older children would study subjects on our own such as math and grammar that had specific answers. When we completed our work, we would go to mom and she would check our work. If we answered any questions incorrectly, my mom would walk each of us through the problems, explaining them. Because of this attention, we were able to know the subject more thoroughly than many of our friends being educated publicly.
Other subjects that did not have specific answers, such as history or health, my mom would gather all of us together and teach. We would then read materials on the subject she just taught and write a report on what we learned.
We also had books we were required to read throughout the year. We would set up our own reading schedules. The only requirements were that we finished reading all the books required by the end of the year, write a summary of each chapter, and a separate summary of each book as we completed them.
In my own opinion, homeschool was much more thorough for me than even my college education.
This topic is of much annoyance to me, honestly. Whenever anyone asks me if I feel I am lacking social skills because I was homeschooled, I ask them this, “Do all publicly educated people have great social skills?” or “Well, I’m not having a problem talking to you now, right?”
I know plenty of publicly educated people who have terrible social skills! While two of my siblings, in fact, were considered the popular kids among friends and acquaintances. Being able to socialize is not dependent upon the type of education one obtains.
To me, parents are the ones that are supposed to raise their children. The public education system was created only to assist in these areas. If a child is to develop good habits, it is dependent upon the family.