Let's balance that other definition; homeschooling is an option for any parent, even those who can afford private school tuition.
Because of their structure, there are things that institutional schools can't offer as well as homeschools, things like independence, choice, parental responsibility, freedom, flexibility, a tailored curriculum, one-on-one attention (for longer than five minutes) and far better teacher/student ratios.
Institutional schools lend themselves better to peer pressure, intimidation, student rivalry, cliques, faking one's way though class, indifference, truancy and functional illiteracy.
If a parent were a musician and formally taught their child an instrument at home, no-one would be concerned. Yet, when it comes to the 3 R's, that unnerves people.
People who oppose homeschooling throw up stereotypes like sheltering and hating everyone else. But if your knowledge of something comes from stereotypes, then what does that say about the quality of your education? The internet
is used by homeschoolers, and has made information more accessible, giving a far wider range of viewpoints on any subject than a time-strapped teacher being steered by a predetermined, state-approved curriculum.
Homeschoolers don't believe that institutional schools (or those in them) are 100 per cent evil. You get good students in all types of schools, and bad ones too. But in institutional ...
A method of education primarily designed for students who like sleeping in. Advantages include time in the morning for a nourishing breakfast of bacon, eggs, and hash browns, as well as the option to study in one's pajamas without facing ridicule (except from siblings, and no one cares about that).
Taylor: "I love homeschooling! I slept in till ten a.m. this morning and cooked a huge breakfast before starting school!"
Brian: "Ugh. I was up at six this morning. I ate a Pop-Tart."
An option for parents who are too poor for private school
. Basically these folks think the entire outside world other than the 700 Club
, their megachurch
is corrupt and sinful. A example schedule for a home schooler:
9:00-11:30: Bible Study
11:30-1:30: Discussion of the latest James Dobson/Rick Santorum book
2:00-3:00: Seminar: "Why Negro
es are evil and sexually promiscous and why Jesus tells us to hate them"
3:00-4:00: Daughters: lesson in cooking, sewing or houskeeping
Sons: Math, Science (Young Earth Creationism), History (White Christians rule, everyone else deserves their suffering), Government (why Democrats are Satanic), or English.
Person A:I am homeschooling Madison and McKaylynn because the Bible tells me to...you can't be a Bible-believing Christian otherwise
Person B: I went to public school, go to church every Sunday and try to live my life in a manner that would please God. I've read from Genesis to Revelation--I don't remember seeing that.
Person A: Ok, I really did it because I was afraid they would date black guys and I didn't want them exposed to n****r whore 10 year olds like the one who said my husband raped her. That slut!