Are you HOME-SCHOOLED? (University is NOT incluyed in this poll, only Elementary School and High School)
488 deviants saidI'm not home-schooled and I don't like the idea. <18-years-old people should learn to socialise in real life as often as non-homeschooled people do during those academic hours, among other skills and things
271 deviants saidI'm not home-schooled but I like the idea
89 deviants saidI'm home-schooled and I prefer it this way, it's more confortable
19 deviants saidI'm home-schooled but I think it's not a good idea
I tried being home schooled and online school but because of my parents it didn't work out. I failed classes because they wouldn't get me the supplies I needed so I'm in public school again. If my parents were more supportive then I could be a lot farther in school right now -.-
I like the idea of homeschooling. I was bullied for years in regular school, this causing me to not go, which in turn affected my grades. I'm passing with 70-100% grades on all subjects since home schooling, and have become more social than ever.
In my country home schooling is not legal, but we have something like this (I don't know much about it though).
Sometimes I wish I could be home schooled. In elementary school the reason was bullying and I didn't have any real friends until the 8th grade. Now, in high school, it is because kids at my school are mostly terribly behaved. There is no discipline and no respect for anything. In some classes you can barely hear the teacher talking due to noise. A lot of students go to private tutors after school because of that and pay them a lot of money (ironically, most of them are those who make the racket). And we are supposed to be one of the better schools in the country.
I'm a very good student, but in this environment where sloth, cramming, cheating on tests and begging for higher marks are common and students encourage each other in this, I get demotivated easily. Well, it is partially my problem, but still. I think I would do even better if I were home schooled.
BUT, if I were home schooled (if it was possible, that is), I would have never met my true friends I have now. I would be alone because my social skills are like lvl 1. It took me 7-8 years to make friends with a few girls in elementary and 2 years in high school. All that bullying since kindergarten and loneliness made me stronger so I don't care about mean people that much now (I am still pretty shy and quiet around most of the people, and quite sensitive though).
To back myself up, I will use sociology (one of the 18 subjects that are mandatory in the 3rd year in my school. Thats right, eighteen). If you are not familiar with it, there is a process of socialisation in which one basically learns how to behave among different people. There is primary (family, close friends etc.) and secondary (school, church, media etc.). Secondary is important because one learns how to behave around people who are not emotionally close to them. I'm not in any way saying those who are home schooled won't be socialised properly, but it would be more difficult for them later on, especially in stressful environments like workplace (as many of you have mentioned, home schooling compared to "regular" schools is more casual and personalised). I believe someone like myself would have a difficult time adapting to sudden change like that.
So to conclude this, I think secondary socialisation in school gives you more "experience points" because you learn how to deal with stress and frustration every day. It might be hard way, but makes you stronger and you can feel the progress. I think home schooling is still a good option if you have reason for it or if you are not a social retard like I am XD
My sister was supervised home schooled so she could go after Ballet. Thanks to that she has become very self driven and mature (the Dancing instruction helped too). For her it was a positive experience and was very adaptable. I, on the other hand, was public schooled and did just fine grade wise (I did run into bully issues when I was younger, which my sister thankfully was able to avoid) but hey, it happens. High school was great. I think it should be an option for those who need it due to special circumstances.
The bad thing about homeschooling is actually not that the idea of children being taught via the internet or by their parents was a problem. What you always have to consider is that not all parents are liberal, educated beings who do their best to offer their children a variety of possible lifestyles to choose from. It is often sect members or fundamentalists or members of other groups that do not want to get in touch with the general public that decide to homeschool their children. And when these kids do not even get the chance to go to school they will never be able to escape indoctrination.
About that escape from bullying argument... I was bullied a lot during elementary school and even until the 9th grade I didn't really have friends at school. But now, after I finished school a year ago as a kinda popular person, I think that all the bullying made me much stronger and was an important part of my education. When I got into elementary school I had been an only child all my life and I was used to two very caring, protective and forgiving parents. Hence, I assumed that everybody was supposed to like me and that I was super cool. And I got very angry when people did NOT approve of me. Looking back, I think I deserved to get a beating once in a while. And then, in grade 10, I finally gave up on my arrogance, my inability to cope with criticism and my firm belief that there was only one way to be cool. And I found out who really was just a plainly cruel bully and who was only acting the way most people would if confronted with former me.
Soo what I'm trying to say, even if it is incredibly cynic, that bullying is not just a bad thing. You can learn something from it and if you find a way to deal with it, it makes you much stronger. If I had been homeschooled, I'd still be that stupid and arrogant kid. My parents meant well, but sometimes you just have to have a look at the rest of the world.
... I hope this rant made some sense. I do not mean to justify bullying in any way. When I say I deserved it this is only valid for my personal case.
i'm not sure that home-schooling exists where i live or go to school (belgium and luxemburg) but i never heard anyone talking about that so i guess we don't have this option, but i think it CAN be a good idea, BUT only for exceptional events! like if you're sick of an unhealable or contageous illness, or have physical problems or are handicapped so you cant move every day to school and back, or even psychological problems like paranoia or agoraphobia ( when you're scared of leaving your home) or other personal or social problems... i think it would be a good option for ppl who have those kind of problems and would make it easier for them to study without going out it sure is a problem for their social life, but as i said, those are exceptional cases but if you're just someone who's lazy and feel too comfortable to move out and want to abuse of this option, then it's not okay!
Personally, I've been in 'normal' schools, private, public and catholic... and for me was THE WORST thing of my life... there were good things, in my last two years I meet my fiancée and I really love her, is the love of my life and maybe it would be another story if I hadn't been at school....but still....
I don't want my children go to 'normal' schools.... people are cruel there, one learns things too early, and there're a lot of bullies, one can't control what your kids are learning or doing... I want my children learns all the things in a good way and no in a bad way, I don't want them to be intolerant with others just because their friends or teachers are... I don't want them to have the opportunity to try drugs or alcohol without knowing the consequences... I don't want them to be ridiculed by others if they can't do something or if they are different... I want them to be prepared for that things in the future, yes, but I don't want them to learn it in the bad and cruel way~ I want the best for them, and I think that the best is being close to their family.
The biggest traumas, complex and bad habits comes from school. I can be good parent and teach my kids good things, but maybe the other kids don't have good parents and only knows bad things... kids are easily influenced and I don't want them to be next to that others kids....
That's my opinion. I want my children to have better things than I did.