The only homeschooled kids in the UK are those whose parents have made such a poor job of socialising them that they can't function in a school environment - and those are overseen by social services and mental health professionals.
First this is untrue. I have several friends who live in the UK. Most in England, but a few in N. Ireland. They have done an amazing job schooling, and more importantly, raising their children. I keep getting smacked in the face by your refusal to educate yourself on the topic before inserting your very forceful opinion.
The bottom line isn't a failing system, crap teachers, corrupt teachers unions, etc. Those are problems, yes. The bottom line is that I can give my children a better education. God gave me these children to raise, and I'm doing what I believe to be the best. I don't care what others do with their children, because THEY are in charge of them. I have no say in how they are raised and educated. I have no opinion because I don't get one. Many of my closest friends have public schooled kids. I don't preach, because that works for their family. All of my cousins have been educated by the public schools, my siblings and I had a mix of public and private. We are the only homeschoolers, and our family is witnessing the fruit.
I take issue with anyone, especially a person who has refused to educate themselves on the topic, telling me how I should do something. Or if I can or cannot do something. It's ludicrous! More and more states are relaxing homeschool laws because it directly correlates with higher test scores and better secondary achievement. In fact, if you bothered to read the very simple data I've posted, homeschoolers are also virtually nonexistent in government assistance programs. You can't deny the efficacy. It is uneducated do-gooders while generally well meaning, but completely mislead, who petition and ultimately legislate against a viable alternative.
Just because our country HAS "free" public education, doesn't mean we should be forced to use it if we can't afford private schooling. Many of our founders were educated by their parents, and they went on to make their very distinguished, and valuable marks on our world.
This has become a pretty active thread. If I am not able to respond as quickly to other posts please forgive me. We have a very busy schedule of services this week at my parish and will be up there preparing quite a bit. Have a beautiful Holy week and Pascha. If I have offended, or been too harsh in my criticism, please forgive me.
This person is just passing the rumors of home school. Does not know any facts about it.
"Poorly socialized" (photos of homeschool groups)
I can't even stress the great field trips we have been on and how much the children in these types of groups play together.
We have been homeschooling for over a decade, belonged to several groups & co-ops, and I can assure you that many homeschooled children are part of these social groups. The parents are fantastic teachers, and most use superior curriculum & learning techniques to that of public school.
We have a heavy college turn out in our group. There are over 140 homeschool groups in Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas.
Each false thing I read is just making me shake my head.... It's seriously like somebody telling you "the grass is purple with glitter --- I'm telling you the grass IS PURPLE with GLITTER!!!".http://www.aop.com/
<--- That group alone has MORE homeschool students than ANY school district in America. They are accredited, and a licensed high school. The difference, the students learn at home. Some through the internet, some on DVD automated curriculum, and some through book styled.http://www.milestonebooks.com/item/1-1L8--/?list=Rod_and_Staff_Grade_8
<--- Amish/Mennonite curriculum. Amish teach their students until 8th grade, Mennonites either 8th or 10th. This is the stuff we use. (AOP MORE COMMON)
Even Congressman Ron Paul is making a liberty minded homeschool curriculum, and HIS CHILDREN were homeschooled!!!! (He has 5 children - 4 of which are medical doctors (one of those doctors is a Senator of the USA (Rand Paul)) and the other is an engineer)
There are so many different types of homeschool curriculums. Often homeschool haters think that people are locking their kids up in their home, sitting with a spiral and pen "making stuff up".
The honest truth is they are socialized very well, often enjoy Christ centered curriculum, and often go on to community colleges or major universities. The parents are very dedicated to their children's education. Not this week but next Wednesday, is an art museum field trip with the homeschool group. ugg sorry, just gotta defend.