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How do you feel about home-schooling? Do you have any friends who were home-schooled? Do you know anyone who is currently trying it? Would you ever consider doing it with your children? How do you think it affects kids' development (i.e. social skills, etc.)?
 

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Since no one jumped in on this topic, I'll answer my own questions.

I did a research project on this topic for my psychological statistics class. 70% of my sample knew someone growing up who was home-schooled. I'm not saying my sample was representative of the whole country, but it was a decent cross-section of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

The first time I ever encountered a home-schooled individual was in 8th grade. He was 2 years younger than everyone else in the class but was very advanced in his liberal arts skills. His math and science were slightly behind the curve. He was pretty socially awkward, but who doesn't have a little taste of that when they're that young? He seemed to have a pretty stable family life and a healthy relationship with his parents... way healthier than mine at least.

My aunt and uncle are currently home-schooling their 3 children. They are doing an admirable job given the fact that neither of them had any prior teaching experience. They are a part of a little home-schooling community in their town who all take it very seriously and provide a social network for the children. They also get that need serviced through little league athletics and gymnastics.

I have often considered trying it with my kids (whenever I have them). If I were able to be financially stable enough with my wife that only one of us had to work, I really think I would give it a try. I guess it's partially because I am a control freak and partially because I feel that the more personal attention a child gets in his developmental years the better he/she will turn out. If I decide to go that route, I will be uber-conscious of not just the pitfalls of the process but also of the stigma that some people attach to this segment of the population with which they are less familiar.
 

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When I was in middle school my two best friends were home schooled. They eventually both ended up graduating from a public high school, but I've been out of touch with both of them for years so I don't really know how they turned out. All I know is what I've seen on Facebook and such, but it looks like they're weirdos at this point. I think home schooling can be a good thing if the parents are qualified and they are in a situation where they can still progress socially by being around people their own age on a consistent basis, but I would never consider it.
 

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I don't think home schooling is something I'd consider, either. When I was in school, it was public. Same with all my cousins and friends. Matter of fact, I didn't know anyone who was home schooled. And everyone turned out just fine.
 

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I had a long conversation with my uncle last night about his home-schooling efforts with his kids. He has found that they are all turning out really strong in liberal arts skills but weak in Math and Science because their mother (who does 90% of their home-schooling) is weak in Math and Science herself.

I asked him if he thought this was fair to his kids, and he prefers to just focus on their happiness and safety rather than their individual proficiency. I guess I just got a glimpse into one of the major pitfalls of the process that you wouldn't automatically think about.
 

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I have two very different sets of friends who have done home-schooling.

Personally, I don't think home-schooling is a great choice for most situations for two reasons:

1) Children need to learn to socialize with other children when their parents aren't around. It's a key skill to master before high school or college.

2) School prepares children to have a job one day. They have a boss (the teacher) who is not their parent. They have to show up on time. They have to turn in assignments. They have to stay focused on the topic at hand. They learn decorum. They have to learn to deal with WTF situations that inevitably come up. Similar kind of situations will arise at work for them one day, and they have to be prepared.
 

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Even as someone who is seeing how the education system is going down the toilet, I still would not home school my boy, or any other children we have in the future.

Kids need to learn how to act around other people without their parents being involved. They need a hierarchy that comes from teacher student, that for most flows into employer employee once they graduate and move on to a job.

If I feel my kids development is suffering from a bad education, I'll either supplement with teaching him more when hes at home, or I'll try out a private school.
 

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Home-schooling is stupid. Better education, much worse social skills. Every kid i know that was homeschooled that showed up to High school was a mental midget and didn't have any street smarts
 

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Home-schooling is stupid. Better education, much worse social skills. Every kid i know that was homeschooled that showed up to High school was a mental midget and didn't have any street smarts
What about home-schooling communities where 6 or 7 families get together and agree to home-school all of their kids in a group. It seems like the best of both worlds to me. My aunt and uncle do this now. My aunt serves as the language arts "teacher" for the group.
 

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What about home-schooling communities where 6 or 7 families get together and agree to home-school all of their kids in a group. It seems like the best of both worlds to me. My aunt and uncle do this now. My aunt serves as the language arts "teacher" for the group.
Never heard of that. Neat idea
 

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Home schooling doesn't work out, gotta be social and shit. Authentic school experience is everything. The home schooling but being mostly social with other home school kids probably isn't good either, gotta diversify who you're with. Being your parents 24/7 isn't the best either, might get too dependent. But what do I know
 

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My wife and I are seriously discussing home schooling our son, but I'm still pretty on-the-fence about it.
 
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