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    Ive personally never been homschooled, I have a few friends who are and have been since the start of secondary. I would like to know what everybody thinks about homeschooling? I think it is in some ways alot better than attending public schools, because you will avoid those people that go to school to just mess around. But then you might also miss out extra curriculur activities and other school events. What are everyones opinions on this?
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    I disagree with it. It goes against the social nature of the human being. The child will not get the opportunity to mix with people during school time, and they will have difficulty making new friends outside school, since most social opportunities arise from school or its related activities.

    The child will therefore be worse than normal when it comes to being able to interact, which is a fundamental part of a successful human character, and especially in career-terms, goes hand in hand with a good education.

    There are no good reasons to believe that home-schooled children recieve a better education than a schooled child. The parent teaching him could just as easily spend that time earning money to pay for a good public school education.

    The result of home-schooled child is, I believe, an unbalanced adult who may well have an education, but will also possess seriously stunted social skills.
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    I think it is a good idea but it has its drawbacks as evry innovative idea does.
    But its intense learning is ideal for a successful, but nonetheless children no longer can socialise amongst others,therefore unable and aware to our society of today.. especially our youth culture. This inabilty to adapt can result in potential bullying in the future
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    I think it depends on the child, the parent and the school available.

    Some kids just don't fit the system.

    I think the argument about 'socialising' is crap - there is nowhere other than at school where you are put into a group primarily because of your age rather than skill / ability / interest.

    There are loads of social activities that don't revolve around school; scouts, sports clubs, art clubs etc. etc.

    Where I live there are currently schemes going on to keep 11-19 year olds occupied over the summer - none of them are based around schools. Kids can just turn up with a permissin slip and go skiing, horseriding, quad biking.

    School should be just one way of being educated.
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    (Original post by jamal1425)
    Ive personally never been homschooled, I have a few friends who are and have been since the start of secondary. I would like to know what everybody thinks about homeschooling? I think it is in some ways alot better than attending public schools, because you will avoid those people that go to school to just mess around. But then you might also miss out extra curriculur activities and other school events. What are everyones opinions on this?
    How on earth do they get a score to get into university?! :eek:
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    (Original post by muncrun)
    I disagree with it. It goes against the social nature of the human being. The child will not get the opportunity to mix with people during school time, and they will have difficulty making new friends outside school, since most social opportunities arise from school or its related activities.

    The child will therefore be worse than normal when it comes to being able to interact, which is a fundamental part of a successful human character, and especially in career-terms, goes hand in hand with a good education.

    There are no good reasons to believe that home-schooled children recieve a better education than a schooled child. The parent teaching him could just as easily spend that time earning money to pay for a good public school education.

    The result of home-schooled child is, I believe, an unbalanced adult who may well have an education, but will also possess seriously stunted social skills.
    Well, it looks like I am going to be the first person, who has actually been home-schooled to respond to this thread! I was home-schooled from the age of 9-17. I messed up by GCSEs the first time around because I was lazy, but managed to get one A. The next year, I got all Cs, and managed to get into an excellent sixth form college. At sixth form, I got straight As for my AS Levels, and an A* for a GCSE I did as well. I am awaiting the results of 3 A2s and 2 AS-Levels.

    Now to address your comments... I didn't mix as much with children my own age as I would have at school, however, I did still engage in many social activities with other children in the street that I lived on, and I also attended jujitsu (a form of judo) classes for a while, where I met other children my age. Also, I spent more time with adults interacting with each other and me (e.g. parents, grandparents, friends of), which means that I developed a sense of humour and an understanding of the world (amongst other things) faster than most people in my peer group, which I feel has been an advantage.

    Furthermore... 'worse than normal when it comes to being able to interact?' I was liked and respected by most of my teachers at college, and my form tutor was delighted with me because she thought I would be socially retarded, and to use her words, considered me to be 'confident' and a 'very social person.' I gained many friends and acquaintances very quickly, and had no problem interacting with others my age.

    This is in stark contrast to your idea of what I should be like based on your perceptions of individuals who have been home-educated. Also, I'm not an isolated case, either... I know one other girl who is home-educated, who is also pretty lively and frequently interacts with other individuals her age, through the church that she attends.

    Yes, being home-schooled makes you a bit different from someone in mainstream education. But not in terms of social skills; it just means that you have a different way of looking at life!

    I'm hoping that I'll get the grades that I was predicted for my A-Levels, and then it is my intention to study to become a clinical or forensic psychologist. If my 'seriously stunted social skills' will permit me to, anyway.
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    (Original post by Everdawn)
    How on earth do they get a score to get into university?! :eek:
    In the UK you sit external exams - GCSE, AS, A Level. You can do them at a school, college or as an independent student. You have to register with the exam board and find a centre to sit the actual exam, but you do the same exams as in school.
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    (Original post by sashh)
    In the UK you sit external exams - GCSE, AS, A Level. You can do them at a school, college or as an independent student. You have to register with the exam board and find a centre to sit the actual exam, but you do the same exams as in school.
    I don't think that the author of the post you're referring to meant that there was no way of sitting exams... just meant that you're going to do badly if you're outside school. (That's my take on it at least)
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    ask Cate or Eeyore... both were homeschooled up to GCSE level.
 
 
 
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