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    So most of the people on this board seem to think that homeschooling is the best way to educate our children. However, I know very little about the subject. So in conjuction with some independent research, I have a few questions.

    My question are...

    1. On what scale would homeschooling be implimented?

    2. How would student's be assured a quality education?
    (Note: Please don't retort that publics are bad already, its a given. Plus, moving from one bad situation to another bad one doesn't make a good situation, come up with something constructive.)

    3. What would poorer familes where both parents have to work do?

    4. Colleges would need some way to ensure they get quality students, but the SAT is already under attack for not fully recognizing a students ability, what could be done?

    5. What would we do with the newly unemployed teachers?

    6. What would be done with school supported extracurricular activities (eg. sports, band, theatre, etc.)

    7. Many experts consider actual lab experiments an essential element of any science curricula. How could this and other specialized areas be covered?

    8. What about learning foriegn languages?

    9. How would a the curriculum be determined?

    10. What could be done to ensure students still have adequate social relations with their peers?
     
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    One family at a time-have to be committed, disciplined, and willing to work hard. Teaching IS hard.
    No one in any setting can 'assure' a quality education. However, with homeschooling it's a good idea to get the 'standards' off the state education website for each grade and subject area. Then use the web to help one build a curriculum based repertoire of lesson plans to get started-You and the kid(s) will learn from there.
    Very motivated families might 'pool resources' to pay for someone to stay home and 'homeschool' several families children, more than likely this avenue, like so many other options, is not viable for the poor.
    SAT and ACT have already been used as indicators that homeschooled kids are 'as a whole' way ahead of the general population-study done I believe out of Princeton in 2000 of 20k homeschoolers found them on average 4 years ahead of national norms in 8th grade.
    That's a dream, there is a tiny fraction of kids homeschooled or ever will be.
    In most states it's been found that the homeschooled kids are entitled to play in sports, band, etc., with proper fees paid and parents getting the kids to and from.
    The most important part of lab experiments at high school level is the writing up in scientific method format. You don't need 'lab' to perform experiments that allow for that. At the same time, for those that think their kids would like to have the chemicals and fire, (like most!), there are jr. colleges and universities that offer such opportunities. Here's one:

    http://www.shimer.edu/admissions/homeschool.html
    Easily done at home, with parent learning or improving in the process. Then again, there are always the jr. college or enrolling the child in a language class privately.
    I would suggest starting with state standards or better yet, state standards for the 'gifted' then building from there.
    This is the easiest: Little League, Pop Warner Football, neighborhood/church kids, other homeschoolers for field trips, Girl or Boy Scouts, Children's Theatre, AYSO, too many...
     
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    I don't know about MOST of the people. Many conservatives support homeschooling.

    I don't think most people see it as feasible for nationwide education, or to replace all schools. It should be accepted as an option for some.

    performance on national standardized tests, as well as review by a person who has at least a Bachelor's degree are required in this state.

    Not homeschool.

    Entrance exams.

    I don't think anyone is advocating a nationwide replacement of schools with homeschooling. Just that it should be considered a legitimate choice for some families, and accomodated appropriately.

    Same as usual, except homeschooled children who live in these districts should have full access to extracurriculars.

    Many homeschoolers form groups. If one parent is not so good at English, and another not so good at math, they can trade education. Also, some homeschoolers will hire professionals as a group or go to places that offer hands-on experience. Homeschooling is a very mobile form of education.

    See above. Also, many curriculums are for sale. They provide text books, cds, computer programs, etc. Homeschoolers can even take classes on the web.

    That is part of the beauty of homeschooling. As stated above, there are many curriculums for sale which include materials. Parents are free to stick strictly to the curriculum or to add or delete material as they see fit.

    LOL! You don't know many homeschoolers, do you? The ones I know... I don't know how they keep up with their schedules, between group studies/classes/field trips, involvement in sports/ Boy Scouts/etc., these are some of the busiest kids I know. Another advantage is that they are not stuck in a class with only children of their age. Certainly, they meet many peers in the above mentioned activities, but they age divisions are not so delineated as in a normal school setting.

    As far as "adequate social relations"... I do know some parents whose main concern in homeschooling is to keep their angels away from the heathen hordes. I also know of a family who is into "unschooling." These are extreme examples. Most parents desire for their children to be socially well-adjusted.

    Hobbit should weigh in on these questions.
     
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    What Kathianne said.
     
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    Thank you all and one more question.

    If you had to choose, would you send your child to a well known, good private school, or would you homeschool?
    (Don't factor in finances, just which one is better)
     
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    My personal response is it would depend on the child and the parents desires for the child.
     
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    Unschooling? Please elaborate
     
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    I hope it's better than I've found:

    http://www.unschooling.com/
     
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    When I had one kid, I seriously considered homeschooling. With four, I sincerely WISH we could send them to private school. As it is, we send them to public school, and I fulfill my homeschooling desires by supplementing their education.
     

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