Instead say, “I love to do this or that but I’m not very good at it yet.”
I’ve pretty much always held the assumption that public or private school is superior to homeschooling. Not based on any kind of facts or personal experience, it just seemed logical to me that any old parent couldn’t be qualified to give a child all of the proper education that they would otherwise receive from trained professionals at facilities designated for learning. Even when having conversations with others about it I almost boasted about how I would never keep my kids from experiencing a “normal” childhood and being able to play and grow with other children their own age. It seemed so obvious that homeschooled kids must be less capable of having “normal” social skills and that they would miss out on important activities and events that often come with going to public school. So, as ashamed as I am to admit it, I was pretty biased and somewhat prejudice. The strange thing is though that I’ve known a few homeschooled kids in my lifetime and they were all really bright, outgoing, down-to-earth people with a good head on their shoulders. That should’ve been enough to at least make me question my opinions on the subject but it wasn’t until I got into the chapter in my Sociology book about education that I came across some surprising information about homeschooling and my mind was completely blown. Now, after being presented with the evidence, I have to say I am a reformed thinker on the matter and am starting to consider homeschooling my own kids. Maybe not all the way through high school but at least through the elementary years. Here are just a few reasons why:
“On the average, homeschooled students are involved in 5.2 activities outside the home, with 98% engaged in two or more.” Meaning that any myths about homeschooled kids being locked up in their homes all day without any social interaction have been busted!
“…homeschooled children are more frequently exposed to a wider variety of people and situations than could be expected in a traditional classroom environment where their exposure is limited to 25-35 people of similar age and socioeconomic background…because homeschooled students are not peer-grouped in school, they learn to get along with a variety of people, making them socially mature and able to adjust to new situations.”
In a nationwide study measuring the central core of personality in homeschooled kids grades 4-12, the results indicated that “these particular homeschooled students have a higher and more positive self-concept than the public school students.” Other studies have found that “homeschoolers’ academic self-concept was above the national average,” and that “homeschooled students were significantly better socialized and more mature than their public school counterparts.”
When studying self-esteem in adolescent girls, researchers found that, “unlike their public school counterparts, homeschooled girls did not typically lose confidence in themselves when their ideas and opinions were not embraced by their peers.”
“…studies show that [home schoolers] even have fewer behavior problems than children who attend conventional schools.”
“…researchers tested 21,000 home schoolers across the nation. The results were astounding. The median scores for every test at every grade were in the 70th to 80th percentiles. The home schoolers outscored students in both public and Catholic schools.”
“Home schoolers receive an intense, one-on-one education. Their curriculum - although it includes the subjects that are required by the state - is designed around the student’s interests and needs.”
When admission officers from 55 four-year universities from all over the country were surveyed, “56% of [them] expected homeschool graduates to be as successful as traditional high school graduates, and nearly 22% expected them to be more successful.”
“…only 4.2% of homeschool graduates consider politics and goverment too complicated to understand, compared to 35% of U.S. adults.”
“76% of homeschool graduates surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in a national or state election within the last five years, compared to only 29% of the relevent U.S. population.”
“None (homeschool graduates) were unemployed or on welfare. Nearly 2/3rds were self-employed. In addition, 94% of those surveyed stated that their home education prepared them to be independent persons, while 79% said it helped them interact with individuals from different levels of society.”
There is A LOT MORE information out there than what I’ve posted here today but these were just some of the facts and statistics that stood out to me the most, hope this was helpful or at least shed some new light on the topic!
Henslin, James M. Sociology A Down-To-Earth Approach. Boston: Pearson, 2007. Print.
Jones, Paul, and Gene Gloeckner. “Perception of And Attitudes Toward Homeschool Students.” Journal Of College Admission 185 (2004): 12-21. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 July 2012.
Romanowski, Michael H. “Revisiting The Common Myths About Homeschooling.” Clearing House 79.3 (2006): 125. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 27 July 2012.