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Can Homeschooling Provide More Opportunities?

I recently raised the question on my blog: “Is Internet better than traditional schooling?”. So many of you have sent in your thoughts on this matter, than I’ve done a follow up post called Is Traditional School a Must?, as well as Jonathan’s Reasons in Favor of Homeschooling. I’ve also received the following email from Colin, who has been Homeschooled for his entire school life. He wanted to share with us what the experience has been like from his perspective.

I’ve been Homeschooled my whole life and haven’t regretted it a bit.

I found that a community college is a great place to go if you’re a high school-level student who Homeschools. I know community college is still “traditional” schooling, but I really wanted to learn about audio engineering, and it was something I simply could not learn at home. So, my parents and I found that there were classes at the local community college that I could take while still being high school age.

People had told me that I should take a class at a local high school, but that would have required that I become a full-time student. Community college was the answer, as it didn’t require me to become a student full-time just to take one class. I didn’t even have to have a high school diploma yet in order to take a few classes.

Also, like the person who wrote the email you posted, I’ve been told many times I won’t “make it” in the World, or get a good job. With the extra time gained by Homeschooling, I’ve learned about computers and music, which led to the interest in audio engineering. With community college, I was able to learn how to record, and have met professional engineers (which may land me future jobs & contacts with people in the record business).

Community college is great for kids like me who want to take a course that is unable to be taught at home, but who don’t want to resort to being a full-time high school student at a traditional school.

Homeschooling, as well as community college, have paid off tremendously. I’m on my way to work with a major recording engineer in a couple of weeks at a studio, and I don’t know if I would be doing the same had I attended a public school. I am really grateful that my parents chose to Homeschool me.

Why Should You Homeschool?

Wow, I can’t get over how many responses I’ve received to the Homeschooling video I uploaded the other day. I’ve heard from students, parents and even educators as to why or why not Homeschooling is a good idea. I receive the following email (with a top 5!) from Jonathan B as to why he is in favor of educating your child at home.

  1. Freedom of Choice – I like Homeschooling for the simple reason that it gives parents more choice in how their children are educated. Obviously, there are some courses that are required by law to be taken, but it seems to me outside of that a parent can structure what a child learns. If they want a more religious-based education, then so be it. Being a Libertarian, I’m always excited by things where people are given choices, not forced to swallow something, hook, line and sinker.
  2. Freedom of Speed – Since the average public or private school is kept with in the confines of daily lesson plans, I like that a child can graduate from high school through Homeschooling at whatever pace they choose. Again, it all boils down to what the child and parent chooses to do, and what their capabilities are. They can go beyond the daily lessons or stay within those confines. Again the freedom of choice is something that I really like.
  3. Broadening an Education – I believe there is room for more alternative education in Homeschooling. Who doesn’t like the idea of being able to plan things such as field trips that broaden a child’s young mind with experiences – and ultimately, knowledge – that helps them in other aspects of life.
  4. Success – I would cite some of the success stories of Homeschooling, considering the fact that there are several Homeschoolers who participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee almost yearly. For us sports fans, a well-known and successful Homeschooler is Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the University of Florida Gators. Tim was allowed by Florida law to play for Nease High School, even though he was a Homeschooler.
  5. Not as Anti-Social as some People Think – One of the prevalent stigmas is that children being Homeschooled are thought to be less socially stimulated than the children who are educated in public or private schools. For the most part, this in my estimation would be rather inaccurate. Lets not stigmatize the whole institution of Homeschooling, as many children in the U.S. do their Homeschooling with their peers, go on field trips, and even in some cases play sports in local high schools or community-based cooperatives.

To close, I like the options and freedom that come with homeschooling. I prefer to educate my future children as I would see fit. And I am sure the average, blue-collar mom and dad, if able too, would love to have some say, if not total say, in their child’s or children’s education without throwing them into the U.S. education system. I believe that homeschooling can be an instrument of personal and individual freedom.

Is Traditional School a ‘Must’?

Earlier tonight, I uploaded a video where I discussed the advantages of homeschooling, and the K12 program in particular. The response has been overwhelming in a very short time. For instance, my assistant Kat homeschooled her daughter last year for a semester. She researched tons of different programs, and ended up creating her own. You see, homeschooling using an accredited course is quite expensive. Her daughter returned to public school this year to attend 8th grade. However, they’ve been looking and researching ways to homeschool again through high school. K12 offers her a perfect way to do so! Kat was really excited by this, knowing this is a great program and something she can afford.

This raises the question of why she is so set on homeschooling. Why are so many thousands of others turning to non-traditional means of education these days? In many cases, it’s not a matter of the public schools not being up to par. It has to do with the fact that the schools and teachers are limited in what they can teach, and for how long. There are strictures placed on kids who learn slowly – and ones who are much faster. There isn’t always an “accelerated” or “gifted” program available in smaller, rural communities.

So, we turn to non-traditional means. I’ve always been able to learn better and more outside of a classroom environment than in it. I know there are thousands and thousands of other kids who are the same way. I was forced to start thinking more about whether attending a traditional school is a must after receiving this email tonight from Om:

I am 18 years old, and I dropped out in grade 10. I have never been happier in my life. I now run my own business as a technical support guy – and am doing great! Since I started my business, I have been offered a job by an ISP and another computer repair company.

I have heard a thousand times from friends and family members that I “need” to go to school or I will end up with a bad job. Had I finished school, I wouldn’t have started my own business – and would not be living the almost perfect life (not to brag).

Now I’m not saying that traditional schooling is bad. I just think that is certainly isn’t for everyone. I also believe that traditional schooling needs a lot of redesigning. They’re still teaching the same basic courses that they did some 300 years ago. I think a class on how to run a computer would be more important that something like history or grade 12 math.

So my advice now to people is, instead of going to school and then figuring out what you want to do – figure out what you want to do, then go to school if you find it fits your needs.

What’s your thoughts on this? Is it imperative that kids attend a “traditional” school? If so, for how long? Do you believe that some non-traditional methods just may be even better for them in both the short term and in the long run? Let’s hear what you have to say!