I read the previous threads about homeschooling, but they don’t really address the issues I’m interested in.
In you experience or opinion, what are the biggest advantages of homeschooling?
What are the biggest disadvantages of homeschooling?
I am considering homeschooling my 3 (so far) children, and I’m looking for an intellegent debate as to its merits. The homeschooling info on the web is all very pro, and doesn’t discuss the downside.
We aren’t religious, so that side of it is irrelevant to me.
Socialization: This issues is dismissed as silly on most homeschooling web sites that I’ve seen. They say that it is unnatural for children to socialize with only their own age and homeschooled children do better in dealing with adults, babies etc. But don’t kids need a lot of time with other kids their own age?
Tolerance: Kids in public school have the blessing and curse of dealing with others from all backgrounds. On the one hand these other kids bring in bad habits, obnoxious ideas, and undesireable influences. On the other hand, my kids might grow stronger by being challanged. Or they might just end up in trouble.
Should homeschools be more regulated, like have the kids pass yearly exams? Or maybe the parents should have to demonstrate that they have the ability to adequately teach the children?