I have had enough! Homeschooled students get a lot of negative crap from their peers, Public and Private. I have heard of so many ignorant theories as to how homeschooling is done, most by people who don’t home school of course. We’ll I’m here to set the record straight. I’m not going to bash Public and Private schooling. That’s not what I’m about. I just want people to understand why, in my opinion, homeschooling is very beneficial.
Obviously, there are some negatives to homeschooling. But I say the positives out weigh the negative. But the focus of this post is to debunk the ignorance that people have of homeschooling.
#1 Homeschooled Students will have trouble in college life:
A Harvard University (MA) admissions officer said most of their home-educated students “have done very well. They usually are very motivated in what they do.” Results of the SAT and SAT II, an essay, an interview, and a letter of recommendation are the main requirements for home-educated applicants. “[Transcripts are] irrelevant because a transcript is basically a comparison to other students in the school.”
In 1996, Birmingham-Southern College (AL) had only one homeschool applicant, but the admissions officer said the college “would be glad to have many more just like him!”
Roughly 50 homeschoolers attended the University of Montana. “The homeschoolers in this state seem to be up-to-date and well-organized. We even have homeschoolers in our honors programs. I know of one student for sure. She is one of our top students,” remarked one admissions official.
So there are more stories like this. At the end of this post, I’ll have a list of websites where I got all of the statistics that back up my argument.
#2 Homeschooled students are not socially fit.
Oh man this one gets on my nerves the most. But check this out:
In July 2000, the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think-tank, published an extensive report on homeschooling written by Senior Fellow Dr. Patricia Lines. She describes several controlled studies comparing the social skills of homeschoolers and nonhomeschoolers.
The homeschoolers scored as “well adjusted.” In one study, trained counselors viewed videotapes of mixed groups of homeschooled and schooled children at play. The counselors didn’t know the school status of each child. The results? The homeschooled kids demonstrated fewer behavioral problems. Dr. Lines’ conclusion? “There is no basis to question the social development of homeschooled children.”
Homeschooling parents know kids need blocks of quiet time alone. Time to dream and grow and find out what it is they love to do. This is something few children enjoy today. They are never alone at school, and their after-school lives are packed full of activities, as well.
Yeah? Here look at this:
A homeschooler who interacts with parents and siblings more than with peers displays self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth. She knows she’s a part of a family unit that needs, wants, and depends on her. The result is an independent thinker who isn’t influenced by peers and is self-directed in her actions and thoughts.
Want more? This is a transcript of a short interview concerning socialization. Look:
How can my children be socialized if they don’t attend school all day? You might be surprised at the answer! Join us for today’s Home School Heartbeat, as HSLDA President Mike Smith interviews author and homeschool mom Rachel Gathercole.
Sometimes people picture homeschooled children sitting alone at their desks all day, with no one to talk to or play with. Rachel, what does a homeschooling family’s social life really look like?
Well, I’m glad you asked that Mike, because the typical homeschooler lives a life that is very different from the popular image. Homeschoolers on the whole are out in the real world, learning from their communities, socializing with other families and homeschool groups; they play in parks with friends; they go to each other’s houses; they have sleepovers; they organize classes together. One study revealed that homeschoolers engage in an average of at least five outside activities per week. Since they make their own schedules, since homeschooling is very efficient, and lacks excessive busy work and attendance taking and so on, homeschooled children have lots of extra time to spend socializing. They often report that they develop closer and more rewarding friendships than they did or would in school. In addition to all that, homeschoolers do the same kinds of social things that school-going children do like Scouts, 4-H, church groups, dance classes in the community, martial arts, playing with neighbors. Most homeschoolers say that they actually have fuller social lives and more time with friends than they ever did when they were in school.
Rachel, it almost sounds like these homeschoolers are over-socialized. Well, thank you so much for being with us again today. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.
Link to interview: Here.
So wait…more time for social activities and the grades of homeschoolers is higher than other schools? PLUS, they excel in college life too? It’s not like we’re at home getting good grades because mommy gives short-cuts. We’re doing work in college too so we must be doing something legal and right.
#3 Give us a break!
Here’s another one. I got introduced to this because my sisters play soccer. The big problem is that homeschooled students were NOT allowed to participate in the local public school sporting events. These events are funded by taxpayers’ money. Homeschooled families pay these same taxes! Wouldn’t it be fair that the families that are paying for a service, get to utilize them? I think so. Otherwise, don’t tax us on it!
And this last point I’m going to make has pissed me off to no end. Look at this:
In November, 2005, David Ludwig, 18 and homeschooled, shot his homeschooled girlfriend’s parents when they chose to ban him from seeing their daughter. In 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her five children. In 2003, Deanna Laney beat two of her three sons to death with a stone and seriously injured the third. And in February of this year, Lynn Paddock murdered four year old Sean by tying him to his bed. He suffocated in the blankets.
Due to such cases of horrific abuse, Course suggests that homeschooling receive greater attention in upcoming School Board campaign debates and in the community at large. He offers four questions for discussion:
- Should we amend Indiana law to require home-schooled students to take and pass objective, grade-specific exams each semester, and require proficiency in all curricula required of public school students at each grade level?
- Should a home-schooled child who does not meet the minimum required level of ability be required to re-enroll in an Indiana public school until that child can pass such objective tests?
- Should home educators be required to have minimum requirements and follow specific curricula outlines, as do the public schools, in order to adequately prepare the student for a comprehensive exam to obtain a high school diploma?
- Should home-schooled children’s physical exams be made part of the school corporation’s records, and should the children be visited by social service representatives throughout the year to evaluate their condition?
The fourth question implies that homeschooling is such a dangerous threat to the health and safety of children that all homeschools must be regularly monitored by the state, with visits from social workers and their medical records kept by school officials. This is clearly a violation of the rights of U.S. citizens. The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Bottom line is, people are suggesting that the government come into homeschooling families’ homes to make sure there is no abuse going on. That makes me mad because the reason they want to come in is because they are somewhat blaming homeschooling for child abuse. REALLY? What about the abuse that goes on in public and private homes? Oh I guess it’s not the same? Why are we not seeing people wanting to knock on their door to do random check-ins? My thing is, there is still some bitterness against homeschooling and it needs to stop.
We home schooled families have to take crap if we want to go to college. I know I’ve had my problems. As you saw, we do well in college. I just wish we didn’t have to go through this mess. It’s getting better though. More and more schools are allowing for special registration specifically for home schooled students.
I hope you learned something from all of this. I’m open to hear how you would oppose my argument. Just remember; it’s just my opinion!
Links to sources:
Homeland Stupidity (yes that’s the correct spelling)