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Pros and Cons of Homeschooling? - August 15th 2011, 05:26 PM

(I think it's the right forum) Is there anyone here who is/was homeschooled? What are the good and bad aspects of it?

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Re: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling? - August 15th 2011, 05:58 PM

I haven't been homeschooled, but I have done a project on the topic in high school.

I think the biggest pro is that you'll likely learn more at home, than at school. A teacher in a high school has to focus on many kids, while homeschooling is generally brothers and sisters learning from their parents. Since a parent has a better understanding of of child's capabilities, it's easier to cater toward a student's learning style. Most high school teachers don't have the same concerns to their students, since there are are too many students to account for. You'll also have the luxury of being more flexible with the curriculum taught.

As for cons, I think they're only cons as much as you may make them out to be. Some people may be concerned that they don't get the traditional high school experience, which can easily be filled by extra curricular activities, participating in homeschooling networks, etc. Cost might be an issue since buying textbooks is of course expensive.

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Overall, I do think that homeschooling can be an advantage for many students if done well.
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Re: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling? - August 15th 2011, 06:09 PM

I was homeschooled for my 6th grade year. I came out at the same level as everyone else and entered 7th grade normal.

It was ok, I went to museums and lectures and watched educational tv. But I was very lonely.

Also I refused to do any math.

Pros- Less students, you can go at your own speed, you can choose what to learn.
Cons- Less human interaction. Also, I've heard homeschoolers have difficulty with college, but that could completely false.

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Re: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling? - August 15th 2011, 11:01 PM

I haven't been home schooled but I know many people who have.

Pros - You get all the attention of the parent/tutor which means you can reach your full potential academically.

Cons - You don't have the same social interactions (Unless you're in a huge family that are all home schooled) and you don't necessarily learn vital social skills used to deal with people you aren't close to.

To be honest, I think that good social skills will get you further than the slight advantage in education.
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