Homeschooling

David81

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Anyone here ever been homeschooled? I wanted to when I was in middle school, due to the fact I had to deal with a few bullies. They would always try to tackle me during recess and they wouldn't leave me alone. I asked my mom a few times to homeschool me, but that was never going to happen. I ended up living with it and eventually in high school it stopped (middle school here was 7th & 8th grade).

What do you guys think of homeschooling though? Would you ever homeschool your child? Have you been homeschooled?

Personally, I'm glad I didn't get homeschooled, because as bad as it sounds, I think I needed to go through with the bullying and socializing in school. Everyone seems to go through it, and it's a part of growing up. I think with homeschooling, you're not giving the child the benefit of socializing with other children, and in turn they grow up having trouble with that aspect.

What do you guys think?
 

BabyBear

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I was sort of home schooled. It was involuntary really. I was having a lot of medical problems in high school to the point where I actually lived at a residential treatment place for two years. I was in the first stages of heart and kidney failure. I had seizures and asthma attacks. At first I had a nurse following me around at school and it just got to the point where I just couldnt go anymore. I was bullied a bit for my conditions and the special treatment I got from teachers so I ended up on homebound schooling. Basically means I'm unable to get out of bed so I needed private tutoring. As far as my health goes, it was for the best but I think it damaged me as a person. I lost all my friends and after having spent so long on my own in near solitary confinement, I lost the ability to be around people. I found it gave me anxiety to talk to anyone and being around people in general made my skin crawl. They were invading my bubble.
I dont think I would ever homeschool a child and I wouldn't recommend it.
 

Silver Surfer

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Wow, what a story Babybear.

On the face of it homeschooling does not sound like a bad idea.

But then when you think of the what it does to your social life and the way you interact with people it is definitely not a good idea.
 

Sparhawk

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I think it should be reserved for extreme situations. So basically not too different than now. If a kid's life is in danger or they're having a horrible time socially, then homeschooling should be an option. I'm sorry for the experiences described by OP and BabyBear, those are both awful situations.
 

Lucky

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Homeschooling is great as long as you have a competent teacher (which can be your parent(s)) and your parents get you involved in activities with people your age (sports, church, summer camp, etc.). I feel like every parent should have the right to teach their children if they want to.
 

TaffyApple

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I have never been homeschooled. I don't think that I would want to be either.

I feel that those that are homeschooled loose out on too much. They are not social like some others are. Or they just can not be around people. I knew a family that homeschooled their 3 kids. Two of their kids are very odd. They act childish and hang on their mother, and they are both in theirs 20s now.
 

Lucky

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I have never been homeschooled. I don't think that I would want to be either.

I feel that those that are homeschooled loose out on too much. They are not social like some others are. Or they just can not be around people. I knew a family that homeschooled their 3 kids. Two of their kids are very odd. They act childish and hang on their mother, and they are both in theirs 20s now.
I think it largely depends on the parents and how they choose to raise their homeschool children. There are a lot of kids who are homeschooled but their parents raise them to be independent and social and they turn out to be very successful. Others end up like little hermits because they don't know how the real world works.
 

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