Homeschooling is an important phenomenon. It is growing in the US and a few other places. Some forms of homeschooling are linked with political, social, or religious movements. For instance, some people homeschool because they want their children raised in a certain religious setting and to have minimal contact with the rest of society. Other people homeschool because they are very distrustful of the government and anything that looks or smells even a little like the government. Anyone who is interested in education should keep an eye on homeschooling.
For my part, I like to occasionally reproduce commentary or news about homeschooling; sometimes pro, sometimes con, just as I cull and summarize news about nature or evolution.
They make me laugh.
But none of that is of any consequence. The point of this post is to provide three or four very diverse current tidbits … pro, con and other … of home schooling discussion for your interest and edification:
Will Smith refuses to send his two children with wife Jada Pinkett Smith to school, claiming the system limits their education. Smith insists he didn’t learn his most valuable lessons in school and claims there are no limits to what he can teach Jaden, eight; Willow, six; and his 14-year-old son Trey, from his marriage to Sheree Smith.
He says, “The date of the Boston Tea Party does not matter. I know how to learn anything I want to learn. I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book. Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand up in front of the class.”
People who home-school their children, especially moms, always want to do more for their families, but maybe they need to do less.
That was part of the message from a nationally known speaker – and father of eight home-schooled children – at the Montana Home Educators Convention and Curriculum Fair.
“I challenge you to do less,” Todd Wilson told more than 100 parent-educators Friday….
“God gave your children exactly the mother that they needed,” he said. “It’s not about being smart, it’s about being best. If you want to find someone smarter to teach your children, they’re a dime a dozen. You’re the best for your children.”
Kids are predestined to become what they are meant to be, Wilson said. “Your children are going to become what God created them to be,” he said.
One Hundred Percent Christian Home Schooled
One thing I have seen a problem with in regards to keeping ourselves in a bubble, is home-schooling. Parents seem to believe that if they keep their kids at home to be home-schooled throughout their first very moldable 18 years of life, they will keep them safe and sheltered. Their kids will never know of hatred or murder or gossip. They will never know how it feels to overhear another kid talking bad about them, they will stay in their mother’s arms for all of their life, and there they shall remain. But hear me out pro-homeschooling parents: Every child I have known who has been home-schooled their entire lives, has become that awkward Christian. That person that no one wants to listen to. And even though that child may have a great Message to share with me (even though I already know it), I am not going to listen to it. There are social norms that are missing, and it is a hindrance. And by simply looking at it from a non-Christian’s point of view, if being a Christian means that I have to become that socially awkward person, I wouldn’t want to be one.
Home school is your definite choice. Then how you get the best Syllabus? Pre-packaged syllabuses are galore for home schools. The best thing that comes across with regards to homeschooling is that it allows to make the choice with the syllabus you think you would like your child like to learn. Now what are the best home schooling syllabuses and how to you make the correct choice?
Incase your requirements can be fulfilled from a Christian teaching then there exists quite a few prepackages syllabus that will be right for your child. The two best worth a mention are the BJU Press home school syllabus and also the Abeka homeschooling syllabus. Mary Pride has given both these syllabuses high reviews.
Each of these 2 syllabuses encompasses all major topics. A creationist view is given to science teaching. BJU Press far more traditional than Abeka. This could be important while taking a final decision. Both the two have received the rating of being amongst the best curriculums for home school. These syllabuses could be either found on websites or at you’re nearest bookstores.
Your requirements could be beyond Christian impartations. If your preference is that of a worldview that’s conservative Christian then too the choices are extensive. While if requirements need you to create a selection of varied publishers all into one to suit your needs then consider Saxon for math or Math-U-See….
Articles on education and home schooling have been written and published on the internet. However, here in my own country, the Philippines, one of the many areas of education that is not so popular among Filipinos is home schooling. Why? Because home schooling won’t just work in the Philippines with the present economic conditions of the country and the society’s unpreparedness about home schooling.
Robert Grazian, an educator in the United States agreed with this findings. He stated that in the recent news, there have been so many problems in school, such as Columbine, the teaching shortages, overcrowded class room and the no child left behind program, and parents are turning to home school. The media has gone out of its way to point out the disadvantages of public school. But how many people have taken a look at home school disadvantages, some situations may not be appropriate for the child when home schooling.
While the concept of home schooling is great, there are a few situations where home schooling may not be a good thing. Some parents don’t have adequate education, they have busy lifestyles, and they have limited financial resources. Although in certain situations home schooling is a good option for parents. But in most of the cases, the home schooling issues can be a disadvantage. There are lots of advantages for the kids when they go to a school. Home schooling may not be able to bring out that perfect level of confidence in the kids. Thus you must pay attention towards selection of the home schooling program. The wrong kind of program can be really disastrous for your kid. Make sure that you select the right one for your child.
One of the major problems are adequate education of the parents, most don’t have a degree and are unsure how to do the new math, history is extremely boring and science is not one of their strong suits. In this situation it is not a good idea for the parents to teach their children at home. They will have a hard time making sure their children are able to keep up with the Joneses. In the technical age, children need all the education they can get.
Another problem is parents who have many children, busyness is a big concern, and a home school parent must be able to make time during his or her busy day to make sure the child gets the adequate education. Education is key to their survival; parents must have the time to give them a structured education.