July 16, 2020 at 9:08 am #29588
I read the CDC guidlines and I think Daisy even had a post on it on TOP.
If I had kids, I would seriously consider homeschooling.
Heck, after listening to some of the stories my daughter told me about highschool, had I known then what I know now, I would of homeschooled.
July 16, 2020 at 9:31 am #29589
It is very appealing, assuming the family can get by on only one income (as it basically requires a parent stays home to homeschool the children, or else bring in someone and add another disease vector).
I believe there was a post about a potential homelessness crisis as people are unable to work. Requiring one family member to stay home will only increase the number of people losing their homes.
It’s a crap show no matter how you slice it.
July 18, 2020 at 11:04 am #29593
The online learning was an utter failure.
And with prices of food, utilities and everything else going up, the majority of these newfound “teachers” will find themselves returning the kids to public schools.
A good friend of the family is a middle school teacher and he repeatedly commented that the kids had lost months of prior education let alone what they couldn’t show them and teach them in person.
My own kids, in high school and college were thankfully ahead of the curve, especially once we upgraded the router. But without that structure, those social connections, there is a difference in what and how they learn. Let alone the loss of sports.
The changes in kids are easily seen, especially when they are in programs that build them up.
I have watched several groups of kids change from “mice” to lions. And have academic success at the same time. I watched the XC kids help each other with homework while at meets, go for an 8-10 mile run and then stop at someone’s home for dinner and homework.
Those kids became family.
Another friend homeschooled their kids, the oldest never quite fit in socially, but he’s a marine now so that works. And we have a surprising number of families that homeschool in the county/area, (mostly but not all are Mormons) and I will make the observation that they are socially awkward outside their limited spaces.
Believe me when I say that I am not putting the public school system on a pedestal, can’t wait for the last one to graduate and be done with that mess. But the kids really do need that experience with others, the challenges.
My eldest, is missing her “team”, her roommate, her new family.
We have a generation that may not be able to socialize, to get off the couch, or take care of the most basic needs. And I haven’t seen homeschooling fix any of that, only exacerbate it.
July 19, 2020 at 9:30 am #29606
I have a good friend from the Marines, he homeschooled their kids.
They had their own sporting events against other homeschooled teams.
They had a student council. They may have been supervised, but they arranged their own dances, formal dances, class events.
I felt they were well adjusted and even more mature then their public school counterparts.
College was easy for them
July 19, 2020 at 11:22 am #29609
My experiences with homeschooling are more like those that Crow Bar describes. I think the key is to get the kids to interact with those outside their normal circle, which is easy to do with sports, music lessons, hobbies, or even a co-op group. My children were homeschooled part of the time, but it was enough for them to become independent and critical thinkers, allowed them to work ahead in school, and they were very successful in college, including socially. They now run a business together and it’s unbelievable the range of skills they’ve learned after they left our house. No doubt there are homeschoolers who are awkward socially, but the great majority I know are able to function in normal society, are kind, independent thinking, and in many cases, much more mature than their public school educated counterparts.
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