The decision to homeschool your child is a huge, life changing decision. A parent should consider all possible advantages and disadvantages before beginning schooling from their kitchen tabletop. Because of the strong feelings on both sides of the homeschooling debate, sometimes searching parents end up only consuming information from other homeschooling parents. These resources tend to be a bit skewed as they are written by parents that feel they need to defend their choices instead of giving accurate pros and cons to homeschooling. This brings up another big problem with education in America. We don’t have any challenging high school exit or university entrance exams , which are common in other countries. These exams often determine whether a student will make it to university and can exclude them from certain majors if they don’t earn enough points. These exams create a strong external motivation to learn. The SATs may prevent a student from attending a particular university but not from attending university altogether. Plus, the SATs are relatively easy and aren’t based directly on the high school curricula covering numerous subject areas.
Education cannot be equated with schooling or attending colleges. It is a much more noble notion that is integral to the overall development of an individual. In class dyslexic children struggle to write notes, copy from the board, or complete written tasks. The most effective way to help them with this that I have found to date is to let them type.
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It is not personal opinion but from reading and observation, it seems that it is the poorer and uneducated among Americans who have larger families when they can least afford it. My mother also was a registered nurse(she now has alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home) worked with poor patients and many of these women had large families and the children were from large families. So I am not idly talking but talking from knowledge and experience.
I think on-line education depends on the person as to what you can expect to get out of it or the ‘value’ factor. If you are well disciplined and you treat your on-line educational classes and lessons as if you were going to a classroom and doing the work there, you should glean just as much from an on-line education as a traditional in-class experience.
What I find interesting, is that my husband, who is the one to reminisce more about his high school days (2 a day football practice is one of them!) than I do- is much more set on homeschooling than I am. He was the popular one who excelled at everything and had a great school experience in many ways.