There is a great reason for the current bias against homeschooling if one is a bonafide member of the Elite. Home schooling teaches children critical thinking, self-awareness and critical consciousness. These are NOT deemed positive benefits for a compliant populace.
THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION
It took me over five years to fully settle in the ideas and, truth be told, I still question myself at least once a year. Over the eight years plus since we started to homeschool, my perspective through research and experience has grown considerably. This perspective has allowed me to address the most commonly asked questions.
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE?
This is probably the most commonly asked question. The short answer is YES, homeschoolers can go to college. So can unschoolers. And they do! Millions of them in fact! With the advent of online college courses one can simply continue with a homeschool model even in college. Otherwise a student can take tests like GED and SATs, put together a transcript or examples of their work and apply, same as anyone else does.
Prestigious universities such as Yale, Stanford, and Harvard accept and even seek out homeschoolers. Oftentimes they are MORE prepared then conventionally schooled children to tackle the pressures of a higher education.
As if herd pressure to look, dress, or behave a certain way is required to function in the world.Or that facing daily bullies is necessary to toughen somebody up for the "real" world.Or that learning about sex or relationships is better taught by confused pubescent middle-school peers who claim to be experts because they've gotten to second base.
And just because we homeschool doesn't mean we stay home like hermits. Even before adopting a travel lifestyle we were on what seemed like a permanent field trip. Hikes, waterfalls, skiing, surf lessons, science centers, museums, and play dates of all kinds, etc.
Most homeschoolers use the world as their classroom and spend lots of time exploring and engaging with people.
Finally and most importantly, they learn to respect others because we respect them, not because they are forced to at the threat of detention. We spend every day out in the world interacting with and observing people of all ages. Our kids have MORE time to interact with people and observe the differences.
I guess the best answer is ~ WHO CARES?
Children are developmentally diverse and have different interests just like adults. One of the most amazing things about being human is its beautiful diversity. The LAST thing I would want for my children is to see them morph into being the "same" as everyone else.
We should celebrate our children's differences and help to ensure that they follow their own path in life! How else can we cultivate the self esteem that so many schooled children seem to be lacking?
Frankly, I have never understood the parents with the "yeah, thank goodness the kids are back in school" mentality.
Is that the message you want to convey to the people you love the most?
"Still another Times editorialist, Thomas Friedman, begins a column on the desperate state of American education by quoting Bill Gates. Gates, Friedman informs us, gave a 'remarkable speech' in which he declared that 'American high schools are obsolete.' . . . What do our kids need to know today? As far as Friedman is concerned, whatever will get them hired by Bill Gates." ~ Mark Slouka, "Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School,"Harper's, September, 2009
When you see what goes on in school you wonder what part that plays in real life.
A family member of mine actually said that kids need to be bullied and picked on to be able to handle it later in life.
Finally, how much of what you learned in school applies to your happiness and success now?Think about it and be honest.It's probably very little.
homeschooling IS legal in all 50 states;homeschooling is NOT expensive or only for the wealthy;homeschoolers DO have friends;and finally you ARE smart enough and more than well equipped to teach your own child.
In the end we all need to do what works best for our families. But if you're considering homeschooling, be sure to research it well to clear away any of the common myths before deciding. Or, better yet, try it for a year; the worst case scenario is that they go back to school if it is not working. If you go into it with flexibility, love, and encouragement then it will be a success.