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Old 09-01-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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So when will people conclude that tablets and the Internet will change home schooling and the city and possibly the school system will be irrelevant? The question is, "What to load on the tablets?"

How many schools could do this 12 years ago?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ycircuit&hl=en

So why do cities and schools matter now?

psik
Many states have virtual schools now and students take classes that way.
Funny part though is that the outdated attendance laws apply so the kids still must come to school and take the classes in the computer labs. They can't leave early either. They go to the library and read.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Some legal info about private schools in Colorado. Private schools and home schooling are separate categories.

Colorado Non-Public Schools | CDE
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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So when will people conclude that tablets and the Internet will change home schooling and the city and possibly the school system will be irrelevant? The question is, "What to load on the tablets?"

How many schools could do this 12 years ago?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ycircuit&hl=en

So why do cities and schools matter now?

psik
Not every kid cares about learning about electronic circuitry. Can they if they want to using this app? Sure, but many don't care.

OTOH, kids do need to learn to read and write and do basic mathematics and while some things can be taught using the computer, kids need to practice some things outside of tablets and computers.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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Many states have virtual schools now and students take classes that way.
Funny part though is that the outdated attendance laws apply so the kids still must come to school and take the classes in the computer labs. They can't leave early either. They go to the library and read.
Hmmmm. K-12 virtual school does not require kids to go to a computer lab as far as I know.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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I can see one good thing about homeschooling; less potential crowding of public schools.

But I find it problematic that:

1. An amateur is doing a professional's job, for no pay, and
2. One of the parents has to stay home and out of the paid workforce. Usually the woman.

Why does this seem to be okay with posters here?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
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I can see one good thing about homeschooling; less potential crowding of public schools.

But I find it problematic that:

1. An amateur is doing a professional's job, for no pay, and
2. One of the parents has to stay home and out of the paid workforce. Usually the woman.

Why does this seem to be okay with posters here?
Well, because it's no one's business but those in that family unit whether or not both adults are working. If they're good with it, who am I to say otherwise?

As for your first point...well, there really is no point. If I am not paid for educating my child, again, what business is it of yours? And if I, with graduate degrees and no classroom management skills, choose to teach my children...and clearly seem to have done a bang-up job of it since upon ds's decision to attend public high school, he has done sufficiently well to be in the top 1% of his class. Frankly, homeschooling in late elementary and middle school was probably the best thing that happened to my kids. They certainly weren't learning self-motivation and work ethic in their public school classes.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I can see one good thing about homeschooling; less potential crowding of public schools.

But I find it problematic that:

1. An amateur is doing a professional's job, for no pay, and
2. One of the parents has to stay home and out of the paid workforce. Usually the woman.

Why does this seem to be okay with posters here?
It's up to each individual family to make this decision. It's not okay to make the decision for another family, but... that's not how homeschooling (or stay at home parenting) works anyway.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: midwest
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Not every kid cares about learning about electronic circuitry. Can they if they want to using this app? Sure, but many don't care.

OTOH, kids do need to learn to read and write and do basic mathematics and while some things can be taught using the computer, kids need to practice some things outside of tablets and computers.
Wasn't trying to say every kid did. Am I supposed to find apps on physics and chemistry and astronomy etc. etc.?

That is just an example.

psik
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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I can see one good thing about homeschooling; less potential crowding of public schools.

But I find it problematic that:

1. An amateur is doing a professional's job, for no pay, and
2. One of the parents has to stay home and out of the paid workforce. Usually the woman.

Why does this seem to be okay with posters here?
Not all of the parents are *amateurs,* some are even former teachers. Also, it is very different teaching only one or two children rather than a class of 24 to 30.

Sometimes both parents work, but one works from home or does shift work or one parent might work part time or have a flexible schedule at the job. If a family chooses to have ONE parent stay home, why is that not ok? Some parents also trade babysitting or use homeschool co-ops for some of their curriculum.

Homeschooling is so flexible, you can easily fit things in during odd-hours and on weekends. Also, it can be year round so summers would be available.

It's not common, but it can be done.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Not all of the parents are *amateurs,* some are even former teachers. Also, it is very different teaching only one or two children rather than a class of 24 to 30.

Sometimes both parents work, but one works from home or does shift work or one parent might work part time or have a flexible schedule at the job. If a family chooses to have ONE parent stay home, why is that not ok? Some parents also trade babysitting or use homeschool co-ops for some of their curriculum.

Homeschooling is so flexible, you can easily fit things in during odd-hours and on weekends. Also, it can be year round so summers would be available.

It's not common, but it can be done.
And a lot of homeschool parents do put their kids into public/private school by high school.
K-8 is not difficult subject matter to tackle.
Lots of prepackaged programs out there.
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