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Old 12-04-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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I would never choose homeschooling because I know my kids would have holes.
I'd venture to say MOST people have holes in their education. Even the students who are sitting in traditional classrooms with their peers.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:31 AM
 
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I'd venture to say MOST people have holes in their education. Even the students who are sitting in traditional classrooms with their peers.
That's a very good reason not to teach someone else a subject you are not an expert in. A teacher with holes is guaranteed to have students with even more holes. This is why I'd never consider teaching my children English or writing. I know I have holes here and I know they'd have a lot more holes if I were their teacher. They're still likely to have holes even with an expert but they'll have less with an expert for their teacher just as I have fewer holes because my teachers were experts.

You can't teach what you don't know yourself.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:45 AM
 
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I'd venture to say MOST people have holes in their education. Even the students who are sitting in traditional classrooms with their peers.
True.

But I have never met anyone who went through a traditional education who had never even heard of atoms. This is someone who wanted to be a "scientist".

The biggest problem I see with homeschooling in high school is that they are not even completely aware of what they do not know or the depth to which they do not know it. My job as a secondary school teacher is not to be the source of information but the guide to understanding and applying it. I have used some of the "best" online curricula programs with my kids who were ill. It primarily gives content and very little understanding. So while every student will have "holes" based on their own learning, homeschooled kids also have "holes" due to the fact they do not know, what they do not know.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:42 AM
 
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The kid who wanted to be a scientist ended up at your school, lkb so it sounds like her parents did a good job of knowing when to find someone else to work with their child in an area that she was interested in pursuing when they were not able to. I bet it didn't take long for her to learn about atoms.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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The kid who wanted to be a scientist ended up at your school, lkb so it sounds like her parents did a good job of knowing when to find someone else to work with their child in an area that she was interested in pursuing when they were not able to. I bet it didn't take long for her to learn about atoms.
Yup. She passed the unit. Unfortunately, for her and I, it took my giving up a week of lunches and her stressing out along the way. I have no issue with home schooling per se but I do think it is fundamentally wrong for them to skip entire state standards and then leave it to the teachers to give up their own time to "fix" it.

Meanwhile, some of my other students who were struggling due to other issues than that they just didn't cover the material at home, did not get as much attention during that time period.
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