Friday, September 19, 2008

Tune in

Natalie Criss of Rambling, Rants & Remedies and The Homeschool Cafe will be on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio's Relatively Speaking Monday, Sept 29 at 9 am CST to discuss homeschooling.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What a load of BS

Experience over theory
I bounced around schools as a kid a lot. I came across students in public schools, private schools, and home schooling. Kids homeschooled their whole lives were far less extroverted. It is common for parents to think they foster social skills. However this can only be done by exposure to as wide a variety as possible of people, personalities, dispositions, attitudes, etc etc. Public schools are the best. Hands down. However, not all districts have quality public schools, which is one of our nation's biggest problems. Not all children will thrive under the same formula obviously, but public schools provide the easiest chance for a large exposure to different types of people. Even if homeschooled children socialize with other homeschooled children, that does not compare. The fact is, 99%+ of students are in public schools. Think about it; when you finally release your homeschooled child into the wild, their lack of exposure relative to the vast majority of their peers will make them stand out, feel isolated, turn to drugs, or otherwise develop psychological disorders.Private schools have the same effect. They are indeed social networks, but mostly isolated from the public background. There are psycho-social borders to be crossed when leaving a private school, and the transition is very stressful. There are no studies done for this, but from my experience, home-schooled and private-schooled children have a greater tendency to develop psychological disorders. What good is an education if you can't use it properly?

sonofwill September 17, 2008 4:09PM

Sonofwill must suffer from an inferiority complex from being bounced around public schools as a kid. I can see how his public school education taught him "tolerance" and "critical thinking skills" right off the bat.

Are Homeschooled Kids at a Disadvantage?

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Certified Teachers and Sex Crimes

A Biloxi teacher who resigned under the shadow of a sex-crime investigation involving a 15-year-old student has been indicted on multiple counts.

A Harrison County grand jury has indicted Rebecca Dawn Bogard on charges of exploitation of a child, touching of a child for lustful purposes and statutory rape. She faces up to 65 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.

Public school failures prompt homeschooling

With people fleeing the public schools, the real issue for public schools is money to continue the status quo. When educators become more sensitive to what really works and do those things regardless of the fallout, there will be less need for home schooling.
David Clerebout

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