I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid

I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid

There are 15 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Apr 9, 2011, titled I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

Just my luck, I missed out on two of the greatest concepts in education: the one-room schoolhouse and home schooling.

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MOMwithAbrain

Clarkston, MI

#1 Apr 10, 2011
Absolutely right on the money. We avoided the pitfalls of public schools and opted for private schools where the political correct garbage was not a priority. Amazing they still get parents to fall in line for this garbage. There is no way I'd allow this disaster to happen to my children! If we couldn't have afforded the private school, we would have home-schooled our kids.
With one in college now, and NOT in need of remedial classes, and not spewing out political correctness OVER academic knowledge, I'm glad we made that sacrifice.
MLM

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Apr 10, 2011
I don't have any problems with private schools.

I am a strong supporter of the public school system. Are they perfect, no but neither are the private schools. I have three children who attended public schools. One is a Dr., one is an Attorney and the other is a stay at home mom with a degree in accounting.

Kids who have parents taking an active roll can/will suceed where ever they go to school. Parenting is not a spectator sport.

For home schooling- I have seen, in many cases the reasons the kids fail is because their parents are not qualified to be the "stay at home teacher". The bigger problem is the majority of these kids lack social skills. They've been raised with mommy 24/7 for 18 years and go to college and become uncorked.
New Mexico Native

Auburn, IN

#3 Apr 10, 2011
MLM wrote:
I don't have any problems with private schools.
I am a strong supporter of the public school system. Are they perfect, no but neither are the private schools. I have three children who attended public schools. One is a Dr., one is an Attorney and the other is a stay at home mom with a degree in accounting.
Kids who have parents taking an active roll can/will suceed where ever they go to school. Parenting is not a spectator sport.
For home schooling- I have seen, in many cases the reasons the kids fail is because their parents are not qualified to be the "stay at home teacher". The bigger problem is the majority of these kids lack social skills. They've been raised with mommy 24/7 for 18 years and go to college and become uncorked.
I couldn't agree with you more. Nowadays, several parents think it is up to the school alone to teach their children 90% of what they know. As you said, "parenting is not a spectator sport." Our boys have attended both public and private and done well at both because we've been involved. Suffice it to say, no "system" is perfect, it's really about making the best choices with what you have.
George Atkinson

Silver City, NM

#4 Apr 10, 2011
Nowadays, homeschooling seems to be chiefly employed by religious folk who wish intellectual mediocrity (such as being unable to explain evolution or anaesthesia) upon their children.
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

#5 Apr 10, 2011
MLM wrote:
I don't have any problems with private schools.
I am a strong supporter of the public school system. Are they perfect, no but neither are the private schools. I have three children who attended public schools. One is a Dr., one is an Attorney and the other is a stay at home mom with a degree in accounting.
Kids who have parents taking an active roll can/will suceed where ever they go to school. Parenting is not a spectator sport.
For home schooling- I have seen, in many cases the reasons the kids fail is because their parents are not qualified to be the "stay at home teacher". The bigger problem is the majority of these kids lack social skills. They've been raised with mommy 24/7 for 18 years and go to college and become uncorked.
The part about kids lacking social skills is the most common objection that helpful advice-givers offered to us when we home schooled our kids. It is not the case. Not with our kids and not with others who were in our home-schooling association. Ours all went to college, earned degrees and are living productive lives. For many public school students bullying and violence affect their social skills. I've found that often those who suggest that home schooled kids lack social kids are just guessing and have no basis for what they are saying.
adziam

Fareham, UK

#6 Apr 10, 2011
Brillant article - naked truth exposed!
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

#7 Apr 10, 2011
George Atkinson wrote:
Nowadays, homeschooling seems to be chiefly employed by religious folk who wish intellectual mediocrity (such as being unable to explain evolution or anaesthesia) upon their children.
anaesthesia? rofl
carlos merino

Huntsville, AL

#8 Apr 10, 2011
how u say that school kids are not being taught to calculate their unemployment check and rather taught to write blogs about extending benefits to illegal aliens. Let me tell, first of all kids don't get unemploymnent checks and they think "illegal aliens" are space monsters. If you have authored several books maybe your close and ignored mentally must address the illegal aliens to illegal immigrants. Afterall, they are human and like all of us looking for the American Dream. Well so-call Am. dream that is no longer there.
Ron G

Denver, CO

#9 Apr 10, 2011
Fly on the Wall wrote:
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The part about kids lacking social skills is the most common objection that helpful advice-givers offered to us when we home schooled our kids. It is not the case. Not with our kids and not with others who were in our home-schooling association. Ours all went to college, earned degrees and are living productive lives. For many public school students bullying and violence affect their social skills. I've found that often those who suggest that home schooled kids lack social kids are just guessing and have no basis for what they are saying.
WRONG! I have seen this senerio many times over. Just because your kiddos benifited, A lot of kids do not benifit from home schooling.
The world is a nasty place to live, Keeping them shelterd will not save them from it...
Linda

Corrales, NM

#10 Apr 11, 2011
George Atkinson wrote:
Nowadays, homeschooling seems to be chiefly employed by religious folk who wish intellectual mediocrity (such as being unable to explain evolution or anaesthesia) upon their children.
Perhaps you should investigate home schooling a bit more. I don't know where you attained the information you did, and I'm sure it is correct in certain instances, but to lump all homeschooled children and parents together is wrong! There are many parents who homeschool their children and are responsible and diligent to educate them properly.

Please, don't lump everyone together.
jpaYMCA

Cisterna Di Latina, Italy

#11 Apr 11, 2011
This may be picky, but did anyone else take note of the spelling errors in each of the commenters who critiqued the home-schooled children? I find that hilarious, and I was in public school for 13 years. Personally, I have found home-schooled children to be very personable, well-mannered, and of above-average intelligence: this comes first-hand, since I am a tutor.
Bart

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Apr 11, 2011
Public schools can take a student up or down. Prive schools, the same and so it goes with homeschooling. But don't tell me that home schooled children don't have social problems. Geez, Ive seen it so often one wonders if it weren't a disease.
Giles

Banstead, UK

#13 Apr 11, 2011
You may end up a genius or clever individual being home educated, but you also miss out on so many social skills too, and the camaraderie that goes with it. It happened to me, when my mother who had been a teacher for 20 years had me at the age of 46, and in her 50's decided to take me on as her only pupil. So I got the grades, but in the end my life is no better than if I had gone to a real education and mixed with many people my own age and formed some bonds.
Never got the chance to do so many things, team games on the playing fields, the dreaded shower, the school reports, the knowledge of many and not just the one.
Now I'm just a rather isolated and lonely adult with few friends my own age, and a straightforward and un-exceptional job that doesn't require a genius or high IQ, and rather resent the long term implications that my mother's personal vanity in deciding to give up her career and devote it to me, her only child. She is still alive and as sharp and feisty as ever with her opinions and she is 91, leaving me wishing she had left me alone and that she had kept her own career and me my own schooling.
I've no school photo's, class line ups or anything to look back on. Also, I just saw far too much of her, with her teaching me and being my mother at home.
Jason

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Apr 12, 2011
I was home-schooled and judging from the experience I had in college I would say my education wasn't far from that of kids who went to public school. No better-no worse.

My parents decided this was best so I would not be exposed to other children and their bad habits. They felt it would limit my temptation to the things they did not want me to do.
Until I was 18 I was the perfect kid. Once I left home I felt the need to experience all the things that most teenagers do. But for me I was out of control because I had never had any privileges and had never been allowed to explore and know what boundaries were. I not only found myself calling for a designated driver at midnight- many times I was still drunk at 8 am.

I too, never went to a football game, to a play, to a prom and I missed out big time.

Because I was so sheltered at home when I went on my first date in Las Cruces as an adult , I had no idea how to talk to her.
For me, it was not a good deal- I would have rather gone to public school, worked on group projects, had some memories instead of feeling so all alone.
myopinion

Las Cruces, NM

#15 Apr 12, 2011
carlos merino wrote:
how u say that school kids are not being taught to calculate their unemployment check and rather taught to write blogs about extending benefits to illegal aliens. Let me tell, first of all kids don't get unemploymnent checks and they think "illegal aliens" are space monsters. If you have authored several books maybe your close and ignored mentally must address the illegal aliens to illegal immigrants. Afterall, they are human and like all of us looking for the American Dream. Well so-call Am. dream that is no longer there.
Well, Carlos, by the grammar in your post, it is obvious that you barely speak english, so it is no wonder that you have taken offense to the term illegal aliens. Alien isn't a word that just refers to "people from outer space" (and since a lot of people don't even believe in them, that is a pretty silly term for something that doesn't exist). Look it up Carlos. With your post, you just highlighted a bit of what the column was about: people being so worried about saying the politically correct things, that they are not very bright about subjects that would get them a lot farther in life!

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