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Education

Homeschooling

Reentry: When Homeschool Students Enroll in Traditional Schools

Teen girl in school hallwayNot all homeschool families make a lifelong commitment to homeschooling; as family circumstances change or as children age (and approach calculus-level math) some choose to switch from home-based to in-school learning. But while the notion of a fresh-faced homeschool student entering the crowded halls of public high school and struggling to open his locker may sound like the premise of a John Hughes movie, the truth about homeschool students entering (or reentering) traditional schools is a bit more nuanced.

Jeffrey Koonce, a school superintendent in Miller County, Missouri, wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject. His findings? While every student’s experience is different, the keys to academic and social success seem to lie with the parents. “Homeschooling means so many different things. … It all boils down to [parental] leadership,” he says.

Koonce’s research suggests that children of parents who opt to homeschool for pedagogical reasons—that is to say, because the parents want to try a different academic approach than might be available in a traditional school—tend to do better when they enter public schools than the children of parents who homeschool for ideological or moral reasons. Koonce theorizes that that’s because the former group tends to be more academically focused, while the latter tends toward a more “shoot-from-the-hip approach.” As he writes in his dissertation:

    Parents need to have a home school structure and curriculum solidly within their grasp before starting to home school. An unstructured, undisciplined approach will academically hurt their children, regardless of the nobility of one’s motives in home schooling.

But as any high school freshman can attest, getting along in school isn’t just a matter of academics. Kenneth Bernstein, a high school government and social studies teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, estimates that about half of his previously homeschooled students experience “some difficulties in adjusting,” though, he adds, “once they form networks of friends, these largely disappear.”

A larger issue than finding friends, says Bernstein, is the fact that some students who come from a homeschool setting have not been exposed to “diverse points of view,” and thus aren’t used to being in settings where their patterns of thinking get challenged by students or teachers whose ideas are very different. For these students, a high school government class can feel foreign—or even hostile. But, he adds, every homeschool experience is different; for every homeschooler who struggles in high school government class, there’s likely to be another who is excited by the exchange of ideas.

Aside from academic and social concerns, traditional school can also usher in some unexpected logistical challenges—including waking up early, catching the school bus and managing time during tests. Laura Brodie, an English professor who decided to homeschool her middle daughter for fifth grade in an effort to “give [her] a break from the usual routine,” made it a point to keep up with the fifth-grade math and science curricula, because she knew that her daughter would be returning to the classroom after a year. Still, upon her return, Brodie’s daughter Julia scored a D on her first math test.

“I was shocked,” remembers Brodie, who later wrote about her experiences in the memoir Love in a Time of Homeschooling, “because I knew we had thoroughly covered and exceeded the fifth-grade math requirements. So I asked her what happened, and she said that one of the word problems in the middle of the test was interesting, so she spent the rest of the period thinking about it and didn’t finish the second half of the test.”

Preparing homeschool students to enter traditional schools can be tricky—after all, what parent could anticipate their child being sucked in by an “interesting” word problem? Although each homeschool student is likely to experience a unique set of challenges, there are some basic guidelines that homeschooling parents can follow to help ease the transition to bricks-and-mortar-based schooling. Here are six tips:

  1. Follow an academic curriculum that corresponds roughly to that of your school district, and have your child take yearly standardized tests so that he’s familiar with the tests he will be faced with in school.
  2. Document your child’s academic progress as a homeschooler and be ready to share it with school officials if need be.
  3. Help your child form social networks by engaging her in community activities and sports teams well before the first day of school begins.
  4. Teach your child according to your own philosophical or moral beliefs, but try not to shelter him from opposing viewpoints.
  5. Arrange for your child to visit the school and sit in on a class or two before enrolling her.
  6. Send your child to school with a good attitude. “Public schools are not the big bad ugly monsters” people might think, says Koonce. “Go in with an open mind: these people are here to help [you]. That’s their job.”
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  • Justina Jones

    I have an older sister, Elizabeth. My older sister attended Arbor Station from grades K-5. My older sister attended Chestnut Log Middle School in 6th grade. She attended Chapel Hill Middle School for 7th and 8th grade. My cousin John has an older brother, Matthew. I wanted to do school at home instead of Arbor Station. Miss Holt was my second grade teacher. Mrs. Rigdon was my first grade teacher. Ms. Conforti was my third grade teacher. I was born in 1987. My older sister was born in 1985. My older sister got a 3.9 average in high school and graduated in 2003.

  • Wilma Warner

    I was born in 1987. My older sister, Elizabeth was born in 1985. Miss Holt was my second grade teacher. Mrs. Chaffin retired in 1995. My older sister attended Arbor Station Elementary  School from 1990 to 1996. I entered Kindergarten in 1993. My older sister attended Chapel Hill Middle School from 1997 to 1999. She attended Chestnut Log Middle School for 6th grade. My older sister attended Chapel Hill High School from 1999 to 2003. My older sister attended Berry College from 2003 to 2007. Mrs. Rigdon was my first grade teacher. Mrs. Jacquet was one of my Kindergarten teachers. Ms. Conforti was my third grade teacher.

    • SomeMum

      That is so incoherent, that my eyes are rolling back in my head. Ugh.

      • Alex

        Agreed.

        Good article. We are thinking about sending the kids back for jr high. I worry about the transition, but know jr high is an adjustment for everyone.

  • Dee

    I found the article patronizing. My daughter homeschooled K-12 and is a senior at our state college. She’s a top student and has many friends and a job. I am a product of public schools and was very disappointed in the one-size-fits-all education system. There is also nothing wrong with homeschooling because of moral beliefs. In this age of iPhones, Facebook, etc., it is impossible for students not to be exposed to multiple opposing viewpoints.

    • Orlando

      Hello Dee,

      Can you please tell me how do you go about enrolling in College when you homeschool your kid and therefore there are no transcripts or diplomas etc.. I really appreciate any info about this subject as I don’t know all the technical details.
      thanks
      Orlando

      • Lindsey

        I was homeschooled and now have a bachelors of science in biology. I first obtained my GED and then took the entrance (asset) test at the college. It was not a hard process. Though I obtained my GED you can get a state issued high school diploma for homeschooled kids in some states. This will suffice for college enrollment.

        • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

          You do NOT have to do this. A GED is a wonderful thing for a high school drop out to obtain to CORRECT their poor decision of dropping out in the first place. I have mine! I hated public school. It bored me! I scored so high on my GED that I received a scholarship to college! My daughter is in college now. She did NOT take her GED. The college accepted her parent issued diploma & transcript! However, I AM a member of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association & didn’t worry about them NOT accepting it. I had the HSLDA in my corner if I needed legal help. ;-) You will find that most colleges now actively seek homeschooled grads. Some even have their own admissions officer who deal specifically with homeschooled grads. =) BTW, congratulations on your bachelors degree.

      • http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/ Kristi

        Really, it depends on your state, and how you go about it. Most homeschoolers compile their own HS transcripts. Many issue their own diplomas. In our case, we’re enrolled in an umbrella school, that will issue a diploma for our children. Our oldest has already decided that she wants to go to college, but take a non-traditional route. We’re looking for colleges that fit her goals, and most of them are incredibly homeschool-friendly. In fact, most colleges and universities anymore are extremely homeschool-friendly. If you’re thinking of homeschooling, getting into college should not be a worry that keeps you from pursuing this amazing lifestyle choice.

      • Jason Mink

        Orlando, applying for college will not be that hard, but it is my understanding that qualifying for scholarships the first year is very difficult, so you may want to look at that aspect.

        • HS Mom for Fifteen Years

          There are many scholarship that homeschoolers can qualify for. Research “scholarships” online, and consider buying a specific book that lists most (Barnes & Noble has these). Fill out the FAFSA before your college’s deadline to qualify for need based aid and loans (and the grants/scholarships from the college itself).

      • CyberchaseLover

        Check out Lee Binz, The Homescholar. She has a lot of excellent resources relating college and high school.
        Also, If kids don’t have to go to school, why do they have to go to college again?
        I mean, I get it it, they have to go to college to get a job.
        But the book “College Unbound” by Jeffery J. Selingo is worth checking out, just to understand the other side’s point of view.
        It really made me think about whether I want to go to college. I might just be a small business person… Or I could be something else. I haven’t decided yet. I don’t have to just yet. I’m only 14!

      • Ellen

        Something that I’m seeing more homeschooled teenagers do is enroll in dual-credit classes at their local community college. They take their upper-level high school classes (calculus, biology, etc) at the 2-year college, and then transfer to a 4-year college or university when they finish all their high school requirements. Some even take so many classes that they earn their associate’s degree before moving on to a university. They enter as a sophomore or junior, and only need two more years to get their bachelor’s degree.

      • HS Mom for Fifteen Years

        There are MANY homeschooled kids who go to college. Colleges understand that for homeschoolers grades tend to carry less meaning because parents award them, so they look to SAT or ACT scores (makes sure your child takes these in 11th or early 12th grade) and other independent evidences of accomplishment. Being very involved in academic activities (and actually winning) makes your children more desirable to colleges. Consider something like debate (google homeschool debate to find a league and local group in your area), and entering competitions such as The National Peace Essay or the Ayn Rand Essay competitions. Research this online or at a bookstore. It can and is being done!

        • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

          And some community colleges don’t require the ACT or SAT. Our local community college uses the Compass test.

      • Teresa Janelle

        I’m a homeschool alumna in Canada who never graduated highschool and am successfully completing my Master’s degree. My route was taking a few for-credit highschool courses and applying to a small university as a ‘mainstream’ student. Other routes include: enter as a mature student, take the GED, do online schooling to get a standard diploma, or find a school who understands homeschooling as some smaller schools will accommodate those with no transcripts (try The King’s University, in Edmonton, Alberta!)

      • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

        NO GED!!! A GED gives the connotation of a high school drop out! Homeschool grads work VERY hard for their diplomas! For REAL information about homeschooling go to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website at http://www.hslda.org and read the articles on parent-issued homeschool diplomas. Most homeschoolers DO have transcripts. Parents can make them just like public school teachers make them! It is recommended that a homeschooled student also have a portfolio with samples of their work. Colleges are no ACTIVELY seeking homeschooled grads because they are SELF LEARNERS!!! They’ve not been spoon fed to pad their grades & make the public school look good. Homeschooled kids are already used to college style learning of writing ESSAYS! ;-)

    • Will blain

      Yes I agree the one size fits all education is difficult but again how she said it was true and rather kind.

      • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

        I disagree. There were logical fallacies & downright propaganda in her article. It was meant to discourage for families who are thinking about homeschooling. Public schools are beginning to panic over the steady stream of students being ‘lost’ to them as the parents begin homeschooling. As the ‘stream’ gains momentum the loss will become a raging river of those leaving in mass exodus! It is hitting the schools pocket book. ;-) Empty seats = lost dollars.

  • krista fox

    This is so biased, I cannot even fathom how it is being published as truth. It’s completely out of line with what and why people decide to homeschool. One of the reasons that many people homeschool is because of the poor education being provided at their district, and to suggest to follow one that closely aligns with it seems ridiculous. There are so many more issues with this article that, for the sake of time and space, I will not go into. However, from the voice of this article it seems to be written by someone who has many opinions about the subject, yet lacks any real experience in it.

    • Will Blain

      I have experience and she is putting it nicely.

  • Victoria

    I really believe that all of the negative comments below are not addressing the reason for the article. The purpose of the article (IMO) is to educate parents that may plan on only homeschooling their kids for one or two years and are worried about their reintroduction into the public school system.

    I have three kids that I am contemplating homeschooling and they are various ages with various needs. My intent of searching for information is to feel confident that my kids will not be hindered reintroducing them into public school.

    As far as a review of this article, I was hoping for logistics on reenrolling them rather than the emotional/social side of the question.

    • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

      If you are planning on re-enrolling them in public school you wouldn’t have as much freedom as a parent who is planning on education their children through Jr. High or High School. In the case of sending them back to public school the only thing you would need to do is follow the public school’s sequence. You do NOT have to use their curriculum, but if you were going to only be homeschooling for one year due to an illness in the family or something of that nature, then you would need to do the same subjects as public school. You can still use your own curriculum, but same subject. For instance, if the public school for that grade level was doing Pre-Algebra, U.S. History, Physical Science, & British Literature, then you would want to do those classes at home. I would use Math-U-See because it would align with Common core. The Math-U-See publisher has left their lessons the same, but merely added a couple extra pages at the end of each weekly lesson to make it Common Core compliant. Now, most of us don’t do those lessons, but if you were going back to public school you may want to teach those. that was very difficult to type! I loathe Common Core, but at least you would have the whole weekend to help them with it. For U.S History I like “Mystery of History”, “The Story of the World”, or Sonlight (expensive). You would simply wnat to buy the book that matches the time period your public school was studying. For science…I LOVE Apologia! It is written from a Christian perspective, but is SO readable my daughter LOVED it! She retained so much more because of the author style of writing. Jay Wiles gives examples of evolution & creationist thinking, so even though homeschoolers may teach from a creation point of view our kids are STILL learning about what evolutionists believe. =) Even in both creationism & evolution circles there are many different theories in both sides. That’s one of the reasons I like Apologia. Plus, homeschoolers LOVE watching documentaries…which mostly contain old earth & evolutionist theories. We just expose our kids to other views as well. Netflix, Amazon, & our local public libraries are our go-to for supplements. =) For British Literature I think Sonlight wins hands down! It IS a bit pricey, but you can now find most curriculum used on various sites. Some homeschoolers I know buy the Instructor’s Guides used, then check out the books from their public library to save money. When my library didn’t have a book they would get it for me through the inter-library loan system. If you look for the Instructor’s Guides used they are often referred to simply as IG. Hope that helps to answer some of your questions. =) Homeschooling is an awesome choice for families going through an extended illness, terminal illness, death/loss of a loved one, job changes/moving, medically fragile children or even parent, etc., or even just pulling out of the public school to help the child get their love for learning back. =)

  • Julie Woods

    Yes, very biased, one sided. I like how the line is drawn, that you can either be “faith-based” or a “Scholar”… certainly not both. That’s ridiculous, the undeniable fact is – most Homeschoolers are both. Yes, we study theology, but also classical music and theory, Fine Art, Art history, dance, culture, language, geography… We visit historical sites as a matter of course, we frequent museums, nature parks, libraries, studios, and theaters. Not to mention the fact that there are countless online / software courses and curriculums available, as well as textbooks. Our children take all sorts of classes, many hire private tutors, they play on sports teams, take missions trips, go to camp, they attend all church functions and perform community service. Surely, you don’t believe that we lock our children in closets and teach them nothing but our faith until it is time to reenter “brick-and-mortar schools. Our children are out in the world more than most. I can’t for and instant believe that they would be shocked to see that others have different opinions. Ummmm, if you have a television, then they know. They may however be very shocked at how unnatural it is to the entire day with 30 people who are the exact same age as you and who only think about experiencing the real world, but never have experienced anything beyond the “bricks-and-mortar.” I was thinking about the possibility of entering public-school for high school, due to the pressures of questions people ask, like “What about transcripts?” ” What about playing on high school teams, in high school bands, acting in high school productions, going to the prom, graduation ceremonies” aren’t you denying your children those experiences?” Clearly, I need to pray and study our options further.

    • Chris_d_a

      I totally agree Julie Woods, we have homeschooled our children for 12 years and our oldest is in college, which was easy and no GED was necessary for his entrance. We have just decided to put the other 3, ds14, dd10 and ds7 in public school because I have decided to go back to school myself to finish my nursing degree and I want to eventually further my education and who knows where it will take me.
      BUT, while we homeschooled our children it has been a VERY FULL and exciting journey. All of our children have taken/are taking music lessons. Ds7 is currently taking piano, ds16 is taking drums and has taken violin for years, ds19 has taken guitar for years. We’ve lived in 5 states since 2008 due to work, and we visited every ruin, museum, mountain and cave near Tucson. We have been to almost every museum and art display in/near Chicago. We have been to the Kentucky Derby in Lexington, KY and did many other fun things while we lived there. We have hiked Camelback Mountain in Phoenix and Mt. Lemmon in Tucson. We have been to Balboa Park near San Diego and to almost every campground in the state of Georgia and Louisiana and Indiana. I would be glad for my kids to discuss American History or World History with anyone. They know everything there is to know about Egypt and how to mummify something. My two oldest boys have participated in a mock trial at the State bar in Atlanta Georgia and played key roles (I was very proud). My boys have both taken swing dancing and my ds16 and dd10 was in swing choir and can sing and dance at the same time. They have attended dances (average of 3) every year during middle and high school. They have volunteered for wrapping/sorting gifts for under-privileged children in our area. They go to camp through our church every year with hundreds of other teens. My oldest son teaches a small group of 6th grade boys at our church and is moving up with them to the 7th grade this next year and they LOVE him!!! We have attended political parties and they are very aware of who’s running for what. DS19 has had 3 jobs and has ONLY changed jobs because we have moved 3 times since 2011. At each job he has shown such leadership ability that they have told him they wanted to train him for asst. management positions. My ds16 participated last year in a homeschool First Robotics program where they placed for creativity and they were competing against the local public schools. We have been on vacation to so many places that I don’t have time to list them. I could go on and on but I would definitely say my kids have NO ISSUES with social situations!! lol

      • Chalet N

        Wow, your kids are just so much more advanced and experienced than any other kid could ever be, it’s obvious. Give yourself a big blue ribbon.

  • Teresa Janelle

    I’m a homeschooler who had a self-initiated transition to part-time schooling in grade 10 (the start of highschool). I didn’t do any testing beforehand. We never following the official curriculum. I’m pretty academically inclined, but I had never been inside a school classroom for my own learning until age 15…and I jumped right on the honour roll and stayed there for all two years I attended. There’s so much repeating in school, don’t worry about content. The first year in school i didn’t learn nearly as much content as I learned “how to do school”. Some kids need help learning how to “do school”, depending on age. You can do that before entering school or you can just help them along as they come across challenges. A grade 5 student got a D on a test? Why were grade 5 students getting grades in the first place? And do you really CARE that she got a D on the test if she learned the material? For some I konw the answer will be yes, they do care. If so, why was this child not given test-taking skill instruction and reminders?

  • Omie Dove

    We live in a rural low-income community and I find the school to be terribly close-minded. The teachers seem unprofessional, uneducated and lacking ambition.

  • Omie Dove

    My son completed 3rd and 4th grade in the same year while homeschooled, now he wants to go back to school, but they want him to repeat 4th grade so that he will be in the same age groupings as the other kids. I don’t think it’s fair for him to have to do 4th grade all over again though! I feel like he’s being penalized for his motivation rather than encouraged to grow.

    • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

      Find out why he wants to go to public school. If it’s for music or art join a homeschool group or coop that will provide what he is wanting. Our homeschool coop also has gym for boys. That may be his interest. You can always put him in YMCA soccer, basketball, etc. Many churches offer Upwards Sports as well. Our church also offers archery. There are plenty of things to get them involved in if it’s social interaction he is wanting…I’d tread carefully in this area though. If the only reason he is wanting to go back to public school is for the ‘friends’ I’d stick to homeschooling & just get him involved with a group of GOOD kids. ;-) Good luck.

  • Will blain

    How I know several friends that have done home schooling and I know of only one that has had the same level of education as they should have. when they do get to high school they are bullied and get taken advantage because school has a complicated social structures and they are trying to fit in its way more likely then not they have challenges. Yes there are several children that do very well but more likely they do very poorly ether academically or socially sometimes both I have seen this several times at my work and also when I went to school. What is written above is very true even a little nice if you look at statistics and other pieces of information.

    • Jennifer

      I agree with you Will. I have a sister in law who is home schooling her 6 children and it is all faith based. She isn’t putting them in any extra cirricular activities, or introducing them to other children or other experiences. They don’t take field trips. They write for 2 hours a day, do busy work, and then are done. How are they ever going to exist in the real world? Sure, there are spectacular home schooling homes out there, but I think they are few and far between.

      • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

        Perhaps the age of the children & added expense of extra curricular activities are preventing her from doing so at this time. Many families, as the youngest children get older, tend to venture out into extra curricular activities. Writing for 2 hours a day will make them well prepared for college! There are no multiple choice, fill in the blank, or True or False in college…it’s essays, essays, and more essays! lol The family dynamics of a large family is quite sufficient to prepare them to get along with others. So what if they don’t meet a lot of people very different from them? they will have PLENTY of time to do so when they become adults…AND they will be well grounded in their own beliefs, have ‘missed’ the drugs/alcohol/sex that are such a negative influence for public school kids, and be better socialized because they haven’t been poorly socialized from a group of sheeple all their own age. Nowhere in our society are we age segregated except for public school! As a tax payer, I think she is doing a wonderful thing. The average school spends almost $10,000 per student per year! She’s saving the taxpayers in her state a whopping $60,000 per year! Homeschoolers also produce better results for far less money. ;-) She may not be doing what you think she should, but after all, they’re your brother’s kids, not yours. He obviously agrees with it or they wouldn’t be homeschooling. I have also found that faith based curriculum is more thorough in covering a general knowledge.base; especially in history & science. See my comment above to Will.

    • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

      Will, I have found that your ‘statement’ is NOT the norm. Your information is eschewed. Check out all the statistical information on homeschooling from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website at http://www.hslda.org and peruse the articles on homeschool graduates, college, and the workforce. =) I would like for you to site your source for your so-called statistics? I have never read them, and, in fact, they are directly opposite of the statistics I have. You can also find statistics on NHERI website that corroborate these…

      There are over 2 million homeschoolers in the U.S., and that number is growing by a rate of approximately 7-15% per year depending upon which state you live in. It is interesting to note that our homeschool coop had an increase of
      FORTY THREE PERCENT this semester! (Thanks, Common Core proponents. lol) I’m looking forward to seeing the next studies on the growth of homeschooling. =D

      Homeschooling is legal in every state.

      Most colleges have their own homeschool admissions policies already in place & ACTIVELY seek homeschool grads.

      By the end of grade 4 homeschooled children out perform their public schooled counterparts by ONE FULL GRADE LEVEL! By the end of grade 8…they out perform them by TWO FULL GRADE LEVELS!

      Homeschool grads vote at a higher rate than public school grads.

      Homeschool grads are on public assistance at a much lower rate than public school grads.

      Homeschool grads volunteer in their communities at a higher rate than public school grads.

      The percentage of homeschool grads that go on to college is a higher rate than public school grads.

      There are so many more statistics that debunk what you’ve said. For instance, my daughter took a job at a local store while working her way through college. In a short period of time she made management. She would come home often complaining about the poor work ethic of most of the other workers. It was very disheartening at times. I encouraged her to do the best she could and remember she was NOT there permanently…that job was a means to an end for her college career. ;-) In contrast to your statement that homeschool kids that return to public school get bullied more often than public school kids…I challenge that statement. My daughter was in public school until the 9th grade…and was bullied often. She had grown up in public school. It makes no difference. I attended public school…and was bullied. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn’t bullied at some time during public school. Unfortunately, mean kids are everywhere..

      I don’t mean to criticize because I have a child with dyslexia and spelling is not her best subject, but according to your statement you were a public school grad…however, your Grammar & punctuation are not the best either. Not ‘knowing’ everything and having the ‘same level of education’ as you put it may not have anything to do with homeschooling. that is an unfair generalization. Everybody makes spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes at one time or another while typing on posts though, so I’ll give you that one. I do that sometimes when typing on my phone…and God help me if autocorrect strikes. lol EVERY kid in public school feels like they have trouble fitting in at times. In fact, I’d dare say most do. Public school does not breed good socialization skills. =( You are displaying a very negative, unfounded, discriminatory attitude towards homeschoolers. Please read the articles on the websites I have mentioned to debunk the myths you’ve heard, & obviously believed, from Hollywood movies, TV shows, & public school officials who are losing students to the wonderful world of homeschooling! =)

  • dc

    I am here because I have a question, what is the law on getting your kids tested back into public schools? I was told at the board of ed that you can’t, that it only applys to grade school, not high school.

    • M Ellis

      It totally depends on your state, and possibly even your local school. You need to check with your state homeschool association, they will be your best source of knowledge. (Sadly, many BOEs are woefully uneducated when it comes to the realities and/or legalities of homeschooling. Or, they purposefully give out false information in an effort to discourage homeschoolers.)

    • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

      I would highly recommend the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Many times even school officials don’t know the laws concerning homeschooling in their own states! =O HSLDA gets involved in cases like that often. It usually just takes a letter from one of the attorneys stating to the official in question that they are in error. ;-) http://www.hslda.org

  • Anne Gregor

    Do you have a question about how to homeschool or about which homeschool curriculum is best for you? They might help – http://HomeschoolingOption.com/

    Anne

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    One of the most biased articles I have read in a long time. lol The ‘shock’ that homeschooled kids feel is not the academics, but the behavior of the other kids! Yes, they don’t ‘fit in’, & that’s a WONDERFUL thing! Parents who choose homeschooling because of their moral belief system do not ‘shoot from the hip’. Where is the author getting her information for this conclusion? I see no sources cited. Her opinion, that’s all. Talk about ‘shooting from the hip’…Common Core? And yes…public school IS hostile to ANYONE from a Christian background. Even kids who have always been in public school and come from a Christian home feel the hostility toward their religious beliefs. So the ONE kid made a D on ONE test. Big deal. I’m sure her mother explained to her (if the child hadn’t already figured it out) that she can’t do that again because the test is timed. That point is laughable. Oh…and the points given from the so-called authority? Number 1 is a big reason we homeschool…we don’t WANT to do it like the failing public schools! Number 2 is pretty much the LAW in most states…documentation…so that’s nothing new to homeschooling parents. Number 3 is ridiculous…homeschooled kids already HAVE their own networks of good kids with even better socialization skills from their homeschool groups, homeschool coops, extra curricular activities (yes, homeschoolers do have them), and churches. What the author should have said is to prepare your kids for the shock of their life concerning appalling behavior. There ARE good kids in public schools; but many are bullied into silence & have long since lost their independence. They become sheeple (people acting like a herd of sheep) & go along with the flow. Sit down & shut up seems to be the motto. Number 4 is incredulous! Most homeschoolers actually DO teach their kids about other religions & viewpoints…it’s called Apologetics! The problem is that they will not cave in like the rest of the students who have long since been worn down by the indoctrination of public schools. Therefore, they seem intolerant when they stand firm in their convictions. I DO agree, however, that number 5 is an awesome point. Let the child see what they’re getting themselves into. Chances are…they’ll beg not to be forced into public school. lol Okay, maybe not all kids, but many will not want to be there. It’s a joke among homeschooled parents…having to go to public school is a threat we can use as potential punishment! lol Calm down! Just joking! We homeschooled parents do have a sense of humor. =) However, many PUBLIC SCHOOL kids wouldn’t want to be there if given a choice. ;-) As for number 6…yes, those people are being paid with tax payer dollars to be there & help the children. However, their hands are often tied. Teachers must teach to the ‘standardized’ test, as this author pointed out. I know some AWESOME public school teachers that I would let help teach my kids…if they weren’t in a public school environment. Kids don’t have the freedom to stop & think about a math problem as this author pointed out. Homeschooled kids have the choice to stop & think about what’s being taught & delve into a topic that interests them deeper…not hurry up & move on with the flow to pass a meaningless government test. THINK! Isn’t that a wonderful concept? To allow a child to explore their own curiosity about a subject that interests them is true learning! This author inadvertently just proved many homeschool parents’ point; homeschooling has so much more freedom than public school. Please, do not even try to respond if you haven’t experienced this freedom with a comment about one person you know who was homeschooled that you think didn’t fit in. There are oddballs in homeschooling just like public school or any other group. It doesn’t mean they’re the norm. Unless you have been to a homeschool group or homeschool coop & experienced a variety of homeschoolers you have no idea about real homeschoolers. I just tried to help 2 public high school students last month that couldn’t even multiply, didn’t know how to conjugate a verb, had no writing skills, and one of them was a SENIOR! I questioned a kid last night who was a teenager…and couldn’t even tell time without a digital watch; I’ve found that teens & young adults often have trouble with telling time. These are basic life skills that our wonderful public schools are lacking. Your kid might be doing fine, but MANY are not! Homeschooling IS the better option if parents are able to do it. However, I do realize that not everyone can homeschool. For this reason alone I think parents should have vouchers to help pay for private schools if they choose to do so. Even our own government bureaucrats in the public education field agree our public schools are a failing mess! That’s why they keep trying to change things. The machine has grown so large it has passed the ability of being fixable. It should be completely scrapped! Local control is what is desperately needed. For REAL information about homeschooling go to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website at http://www.hslda.org and peruse their site.

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