As in sports, home turf has its advantages. Froggie thinks that formal education is much better than Homeschooling.
F-Formal education with formal educators is a very efficient way of gaining knowledge.
What kind of "knowledge" are you talking about, would be my question.
Apparently, teachers are "doing" our kids a real "service" these days.
That aside, you forget to gain real "valid" knowledge is running a company in real life situations. To get out of the class room and experience life. I plan to give my kids a business to run in the near future. Look at Michael Dell who dropped out at age 19 to start Dell Computers. Bill Gates was also a drop out. Even Richard Branson the billionaire who started Virgin Group ( Virgin records, Virgin Airlines...) dropped out at age 16.
There are other famous millionaires out there like Quentin Tarantino, Dave Thomas, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Christina Aguilera, Jim Carrey, John Travolta, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, all drop outs and all doing just fine.
It really depends on the individual. Formal education isn't "everything" as a do or die situation. There are plenty of people that were home schooled like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore F. Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ansel Adams, C.S. Lewis, Sir Isaac Newton and many more.
F-This is the downfall of homeschooling. The supposed teacher is not qualified, nor has the experience to help the student formulate the synergies between the ideas being taught.
Complete horseradish! There are large amounts of data/statistics that say the exact opposite of what you are claiming. If you need more there is plenty out there.
I remember a teacher bragging to me that her school had a respectable(?) 20 to 1 student to teacher ratio and I thought that my 1 to 1 ratio was far greater for my children.
They explain how they help build up the children and self esteem by their reward system. Ah, self esteem. We don't raise bullies by falsely building up the kids self esteem. Self esteem movement is more dangerous then you could possibly imagine. Need more proof? 1, 2,3, you get the picture.
My kids all learned to read at age three using Starfall which they love. I print out worksheets for my kids over at Kidzone. I even found a group called Homeschool Dads for support. There is plenty of help out there and Google will show you the way.
There are a great deal of advantages for homeschooling. Such as...
* Parents design the curriculum, ensuring that children are taught relevant, interesting information.
* Children are given more attention because of the smaller class size, allowing for more one on one time.
* Children have less distractions resulting from social pressure from other students.
* Children have greater respect for their parents than any one else, meaning that children will cooperate more with parents than public school instructors.
* Parents will be allowed more time to bond with their children in a very positive way.
We teach our kids how to talk, how to eat, how to tie their shoes and get dressed, and how to ethically maneuver in this world. We are the only ones to show them what importance God is to us. Really, who cares more about their kids then the parents?
Sure there are dysfunctional parents out there, but no matter what outside influence the most impact will be from the parents good or bad. My children do not get exposed to gangs, my kids to not get exposed to drugs, my kids do not get exposed to inappropriate behavior or content. The most important thing is they do not get indoctrinated into a secular mindset. My kids know God.
Could you only imagine if there were no public schools for kids to acquire drugs or get bullied into gangs? Where the parents were forced to interact with their children on a daily basis instead of pawning them off to someone at a day care or school where the people caring for the kids considers the task a form of income or just a job. What a great world this would be.
I cannot do a homeschooling post without mentioning HSLDA who was very instrumental in keeping homeschooling legal here in California. We are lifetime Members.
So, please Froggie and stay in school if you choose. I will raise my kids Godly, thank you.
Update: Apparently CNN is reading my posts. Even though they covered it up and linked to Mental Floss, good for them.