originally posted March 26, 2006
1)¬ Home schooling is only slowly being understood by those outside the home school loop.¬ One only need glance at a home school newsletter to get the gist of what really happens in their world.¬ In a way, every child benefits from a blend of home schooling and institutional schooling.¬ Home school networks are an institution in and of themselves.¬ And public schools depend on parental involvement, outside tutors, online instruction, etc.¬ So in the future, which is now, a parent will actually be deciding on the blend of institutional and parental involvement, rather than either/or.¬
2)¬ Item from a home school newsletter:¬ Genetic Researcher hosts lab on Monday, Jan 5, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ¬ ¬ Can take 3 students with biology background. ¬ Call 703.555.1212.
Obviously, the so-called home schooled bio student spends a day at NIH or some such thing, observes real science with real scientists, the latest lab equipment, has lunch with scientists, etc. etc.¬ I‚Äôll take this any day over a high school bio course.¬ The home school newsletter is full of such field trips and projects.¬
3)¬ It is old news that home schoolers often become accomplished musicians and artists.¬ Why?¬ Because they can work without time constraints on their craft in the morning, when they are not exhausted by a day of dealing with 7 different teachers that start ¬ at 7:00 a.m.¬ ¬ The typical high school student has little if any time, to say nothing of focus, ¬ for the development of skills on an instrument.¬ And what time there is occurs during late afternoon or evening.
4)¬ A local home schooled 12 yr old documented the construction of the family home:¬ meetings with the architect, permits, trenches, inspections, concrete, plumbing, electric, framing, paint, finish work.¬
5)¬ What the institutionalized high schooler and the home schooler share is online studying.¬ Teachers put assignments on line and assignments may be completed and submitted online.¬ Entire courses can be completed online, and this matter must be addressed by the schools.¬
6)¬ The required state elementary curriculum can be completed in about an hour and a half each day for a typical home schooled student.¬ So what are kids in school doing for the other 6 hours?
7)¬ Often I hear, ‚ÄúNow that he‚Äôs out of college, he can figure out what he wants to do‚ÄĚ.¬ Why not let him figure that out when he‚Äôs 12?¬ Lots of kids know how they want to spend their time, but have a required curriculum that defeats their goals from the very beginning. ¬ 16 years of this?¬ Absurd.