- Nov 17, 2010
This is what i used to believe, and was my biggest argument against home schooling my own kids.
The truth, however, is that it mainly depends on the parents and how they go about it. If their goal is to shield junior, then they will certainly accomplish it. But many of the people i know who home-school are part of co-ops that bring a lot of kids together and offer a lot of sports and other social things.
I have seen it both ways, and met some home-schooled kids who probably should have been kept away from their parents as much as possible, and know many home-schooled kids who are socially just fine, as well as academically trounce their peers.
It depends on the parents and the children. Some parents aren't good at teaching, and some kids can't learn in a home schooling environment. It could be the parents might not know enough of a subject, or the child has special needs not being met. There's also an issue if the child doesn't respect their parent as a teacher.
Still, I bet there's a lot of children that would benefit greatly from homeschooling. Although I will admit my impression of US schools are skewed since I grew up in Canada.