You guessed it! I was homeschooled. I went to public school also. Only up to fourth grade though. Anyway, just thought I’d throw this out there.
I HATED school with a passion I could not hide. I failed because I never tried because I hated it so much. Anyway, after my school had a bomb threat, my parents decided to homeschool me. And although I still hated it, I learned many other things in my own time and eventually found what I love learning about and now, my knowledge is even greater than my older sister, (who went to public school) at least my parents say. But don’t get me wrong, I am not very wise and I could learn so much more.
In school children are forced to get up early and cannot act like a real child for about 8 hours besides what? -a half hour of play time, then are given more work to do at home? No, I do not think children should have homework, they need time to be with their parents and act like kids while they still can.
During my studies at home. I did an hour or two of just simple studies on various things then had the rest of the time to do what I loved. Acting like a dinosaur, playing my videogames etc. After that, I began to fall in love with many things that I now learn for a hobby! I’m learning 14 different langauges, I learned to play the guitar, keyboard and wanting to learn much more, I write tons of different things, hence, this blog. I know tons of animal facts, and know most animal behavior. I can explain to a person how time travel to the future is theoretically possible. (Sounds crazy, huh?)I know a lot of healthy tips and even learned enough medical tips to figure out when my dad had a stroke and got him to the hospital. I can train animals and garden. I can tell you about which healing herbs you can use or how the light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach earth and many other things I learned for fun.
Although. I did miss out on many things. Prom, field trips, learning basic social skills. Even now, I am socially awkward, basically a hermit with no friends besides one that moved away and my sister. Although, I never really was well at social skills to begin with.
That is a con. If you home school a child, you must make sure they play with other kids and learn these important skills. BUT at home, you can choose what your child learns, which is a big plus!
I actually believe in teaching things that you may not find in school, like what to do if say, you’re camping with your parents and you get lost in the woods. Or what to do if a person tries to grab them. Or even what to do if you’re in a hit and run accident. I find loads of young kids that hit someone and get scared and drive away. No, they must learn the rules. Of course they’re scared of being in trouble, and they should since they hit a person. Although, I seen a hit and run where a child ran into the street. Well, the driver shouldn’t be charged in my opinion because where in the heck were the parents while a darn 7 year old runs carelessly through the road. But she fled the scene and that is what got her in trouble.
Of course, the way I see my peers drive today make me sick. half of them I see without seat belts, tons of people pass in no pass zones. Or the way my sister blasts her music and texts while driving. I personally would back slap my child for doing that. Even if the law says that’s abuse, it’s my darn child. (Great mother, wouldn’t I be?)
Anyway, I’m getting off topic…
Basically, children are more prone to falling into peer pressure in public school compared to home schooling in my personal opinion and studies. Your child could be bullied in school. which can happen even outside of school and although you cannot hover over them all their life, (Yes, I believe children deserve respect and space too.) at least they will not be bullied constantly through out a school year. I also don’t like that if I sent my child to school, I’m pretty much trusting the well-being of my child to a stranger. That teacher could be mean or a bad teacher, or your child could be learning things you wouldn’t want them to know yet, such as sex.
Another pro… or con, which ever you prefer, I had no sex ed in my home schooling. Which kept my mind innocent but at the same time had me having my first anxiety when I found a nasty surprise when I hit womenhood. (I thought I was dying, by the way.) So keep in mind although you might want to keep a child as sweet and innocent for as long as possible you do not want to find a frightend little girl too embarrassed to say she thinks she’s dying because there’s blood in her “special” place or a little boy crying because he thinks his “turtle” is broken because it’s erect… It’s part of life and beautiful in it’s own “weird” way so remember, being a parent is doing what’s best for your child, and sex is part of life so they will have to learn the basics at some point so they don’t end up like me, because I’m still learning things on the subject and I’m 20.
Anyway, there’s my thoughts. There’s pros and cons but I prefer home schooling. (: