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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #675 on: February 06, 2015, 03:30:35 PM »
Yes and not only that, the long hours away from family in a class of thirty with a stressed teacher is terrible. Childhood should be joyful and spent with family.

I assume that you don't have children of your own. Then you'd know how much more terrible it is to spend long hours with a stressed parent.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #676 on: February 06, 2015, 04:37:33 PM »
I'm pretty sure I would kill my kids if I had to spend all day with them every day. I love them, but it definitely would not end well for any party involved.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #677 on: February 12, 2015, 09:51:27 PM »
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I am saddened to see how many siblings seem disconnected because of the long hours apart
Most siblings are grateful for being apart, because they despise each other.

Better relationships among siblings is actually one of the benefits of homeschooling. Fast paced lifestyles and the hours they spend apart at school is one of the reasons many siblings do not get along.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #678 on: February 12, 2015, 10:38:09 PM »
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #679 on: March 01, 2016, 05:54:54 PM »
Great thread. This is such a hard topic to have over a forum, but I love that people are interested in it.

I currently homeschool my 3 boys. They range in age from 7 to 11.  My initial reason for homeschooling involved having two kids who are on the autism spectrum, and a public school situation which I felt was  failing them. (I am not only talking academically, here.) I also have issue with curriculum which is completely biased, subtle (or not so subtle) propaganda, and "teaching" kids WHAT to think. Anyone who follows any of the homeschool/unschool  movements understands to what I might be referring. Although I don't consider us to be "unschoolers", I would describe as what we do as Eclectic-Homeschooling;
we use no formal curriculum but we do sometimes use a workbook,
we read from whatever sources we want and sometimes that includes a textbook,
we learn from daily life,
we set time aside to work on various skills,
one tiny question about something can easily turn into a learning project,
we have fun as a family exploring the environment and history of our part of the state,
we talk a lot about our personal struggles and how we can help each other,
the various topics we learn about are easily related to Orthodoxy, what we believe as Christians, and what "the rest of the world" believes, 
etc, etc, I could go on and make you bored, lol.

I am always open to the idea that public school, or a more formal type of learning, could be in our future once again. For now I am satisfied, and the kids are much happier, less stressed, and a lot better at articulating their struggles. I happen to have completed a science-based degree at university and, of course, I completely understand how a more structured learning can be valuable. I am also not frightened at the idea of my kids being "behind" the public school kids. Most of those kids won't remember half of the stuff they learned anyway. I sure didn't.  Kids are being smothered with information, "learning" too many things at once, and for what? Learning will always be taking place. In addition, not everyone wants to attend a university. I personally would have preferred to attend a trade school, and think highly organized schools tend to push the university emphasis too much. Take note, there are many intelligent people who have opted to school their kids at home and not use a formal curriculum or system.  From ex-public school teachers, to engineers, to scientists. Each have valid reasons and perspectives, and their stories are all over the web if you're interested. It's not just about freaked-out-christian-weirdos.

There are a lot of things I'd love say about the topic, but then this would be extreme tldr, lol. Suffice to say that we homeschool and we are happy about that.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #680 on: June 10, 2016, 10:34:12 PM »
Kindred spirits, OrthoDisco, kindred spirits.  :)  I have an English degree, though.

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« Reply #681 on: June 13, 2016, 01:13:43 AM »
Wow, this has been a long thread.  I apologize if I'm beating a dead horse here...and I'm going to ramble a bit.
I just wanted to say that it's not just white/middle class/two parent families homeschooling.  I am a single mother, homeschooling my son.  (I was homeschooled, along with spending some years in both private and public schools and grew up decidedly low/low-middle class).  I think the reasons for homeschooling are as varied and unique as the families that actually do it.  Two families who may put the same reasons down on paper will apply their philosophies quite differently in their day-to-day lives.
When I looked at what classes were needed for a teaching degree/certification, 90% of them dealt with how to actually interact with a large class, differentiate your teaching, develop curriculum, etc.  None of which is applicable to a parent, teaching his/her own children.  All the curriculum I buy (I pick and choose the best publishers for each subject) have teacher's manuals and answer books just like public school books.
I don't have a college degree; I'm actually going back to school this coming year which I am so excited about.  But we have a home library of 1,053 books.  I was trilingual from Kindergarten on, and have always had an affinity for languages.  I actually go over his work with him and learn myself, so he sees that education isn't just for kids.
I clean houses and my son comes with me; while I work, he works.  He is learning to take control of his own education, to be responsible for the work he's expected to do without supervision.  We take the spring off, instead of the summer so that we can camp/take field trips without crowds.  He has my "required" classes but every year I ask him what else he wants to learn.  So far, he's had 4 years of French, 2 years each of Modern Hebrew and Korean.  This year, he decided to start from scratch with Japanese and Russian - we are learning those together.  He's in his 5th year of piano, 2nd year of violin and recently added harp lessons with the principal harpist of our philharmonic.  His math program was developed by some Math Olympiads; when he was younger, I used the UK Mathematics Enhancement Programme.  My dad has a few utility patents to his name and started out life as a machinist so he is going to be learning some machining this coming year as well.
My son is 9 and a half and I wouldn't trade this time for all the "free time" public school could offer me.  I love watching him learn, seeing the lightbulbs click and I can't wait to see him continue growing.  (And really, I am totally looking forward to the teenage years and high school! That's when learning really gets fun!!)
This is just a small snapshot of a tiny homeschooling family.  If he went to public school, I would probably enjoy him just as much as I do now, but I don't think either of us would be enjoying simply living life and exploring passions as much.  I mean seriously, 2-3 hours of music practice on top of homework every night?  Kill me now.

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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #682 on: June 13, 2016, 01:20:53 AM »
At least you're not Amy Chua.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #683 on: June 13, 2016, 01:52:50 AM »
At least you're not Amy Chua.
I can't tell if you said that tongue-in-cheek or not.  My only required classes are math, English, and an instrument.  We fall more under the umbrella of unschoolers/eclectic schoolers than anything.  Everything above and beyond that has all been my sons doing.  He's more tiger baby than I am a tiger mom.

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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #684 on: June 13, 2016, 01:54:19 AM »
At least you're not Amy Chua.
I can't tell if you said that tongue-in-cheek or not.  My only required classes are math, English, and an instrument.  We fall more under the umbrella of unschoolers/eclectic schoolers than anything.  Everything above and beyond that has all been my sons doing.  He's more tiger baby than I am a tiger mom.

It was definitely tongue-in-cheek; it's just when you mentioned him doing all those different activities the first thing I thought of was Amy.

Good to hear he's doing all those activities on his own initiative!
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #685 on: June 13, 2016, 02:02:42 AM »
Ok whew :)

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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #686 on: June 13, 2016, 04:41:20 AM »
Public school doesn't sound that bad.
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #687 on: June 13, 2016, 05:10:33 AM »
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Re: Homeschool VS Public School
« Reply #688 on: June 14, 2016, 07:42:59 AM »
RandomGal, that's awesome!  Truly amazing.