Should You Homeschool Your Kids?

Did homeschool parents seeking to get their kids away from leftist indoctrination cede the public school system to the left? Should they have stayed to fight? Is homeschooling the best option for you? Elisha Krauss and Lyndsey Fifield – two homeschoolers, discuss.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. Admin

    I was also homeschooled. For me it was the first 7 years, and then I did go to high school. So I can really emphasize with this episode. Like Elisha, I was a late reader, but once I did start (for me it was at 10) I very quickly progressed past my age level. I did pretty well in high school English. It was the math and sciences that were hard for me. Like Lyndsey in college, I had a bit of a culture shock adjustment my freshman year in high school.

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    • January 8, 2019, at 4:14 PM PDT
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  2. Bethany

    Most timely episode ever: just started homeschooling my youngest this week! She’s 13 and in 8th grade; until now she’s been in public school. It was her idea, and I’m still not sure it’s totally the right decision, but you guys touched on the main reason that I eventually decided it was worth giving it a try, which is it provides a respite from the ruthless social environment. She pushed for it, so we’re going to give it a go. Wish us luck!

    I really enjoyed and appreciated hearing the all personal stories and thoughtful comments you both had about your own experiences. Looking forward to @bethanymandel being part of the “Homeschooling, Part 2,” episode! Thanks again, you guys!!

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    • January 9, 2019, at 5:28 AM PDT
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  3. Admin

    Good luck!

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    • January 9, 2019, at 7:21 AM PDT
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  4. Coolidge

    I was homeschooled starting in third grade. Went all the way through high school. This started in 1982, so we were sort of pioneers. There were ups and downs. Academically, I was vastly ahead of my peers. Socially you need to be sure to have your kids are involved with other kids. There are so many more resources today. 

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    • January 9, 2019, at 9:31 AM PDT
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  5. Admin

    DavidIWilliams (View Comment):

    I was homeschooled starting in third grade. Went all the way through high school. This started in 1982, so we were sort of pioneers. There were ups and downs. Academically, I was vastly ahead of my peers. Socially you need to be sure to have your kids are involved with other kids. There are so many more resources today.

    Yeah, I was late 80s early 90s. We had various home school groups that our parents took us to, where local home schooled kids would get together to do activities together. 

     

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    • January 9, 2019, at 2:33 PM PDT
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  6. Coolidge

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    DavidIWilliams (View Comment):

    I was homeschooled starting in third grade. Went all the way through high school. This started in 1982, so we were sort of pioneers. There were ups and downs. Academically, I was vastly ahead of my peers. Socially you need to be sure to have your kids are involved with other kids. There are so many more resources today.

    Yeah, I was late 80s early 90s. We had various home school groups that our parents took us to, where local home schooled kids would get together to do activities together.

     

    We knew no one else who homeschooled. It was fine most of the time because we lived in suburban Baton Rouge so the neighborhood had lots of kids.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 2:47 PM PDT
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  7. Member

    I have been homeschooling my six children for some time now, and we go all the way through high school.

    My oldest two are college students. My third is a high school senior — she takes literature, government/economics, and religion with me, and is taking calculus and chemistry at the community college. She’s been accepted to the college of her choice for next fall.

    My high school curriculum is a rigorous college prep course, geared toward each individual student (my oldest took more math, my second oldest did more music, my current senior did lots of theater).

    I also have a 10th grader, 7th grader, and 5th grader.

    Homeschooling is not for everyone, but I love it.

    On Monday my husband took the kids skiing for our first day back to school after the Christmas holiday we took. (I’d normally ski too but have been under the weather.)

     

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    • January 10, 2019, at 2:45 AM PDT
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  8. Member

    For the transition from homeschool to independent college living, I found that taking classes for a year or two at a community college as part of their high school coursework was very valuable for my students.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 2:47 AM PDT
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  9. Coolidge

    I forgot to mention that after being homeschooled I went to a top tier private, liberal arts college. I then graduated in three years with honors.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 7:26 AM PDT
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  10. Coolidge

    I really enjoyed this episode. I wasn’t home schooled and I don’t home school my kids but I definitely related to and share all the concerns about having to re-teach or as we call it have “corrective conversations”. Independent study and home school definitely have many pros and I totally respect and understand exactly why parents do it! Thanks for a great discussion ladies :)

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    • January 11, 2019, at 11:41 AM PDT
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  11. Member

    I was a little surprised by some of the comments on feeling left out in “socialization” because my contact [as an adult] with kids being homeschooled is that the homeschooled kids could communicate better with me than many of the traditionally-schooled kids could. My thesis has been that many kids in traditional schools have little to no contact with people who are not age peers or teachers, while homeschooled kids are more likely to have regular contact with a wider range of people in society because they tend to be out and about in places other than a school building. 

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    • January 14, 2019, at 2:32 PM PDT
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  12. Member

    Tabby, I know that my homeschooled high school senior, in her community college classes, reported being often the only student willing to raise a hand in answer to her English teacher’s questions.

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    • January 14, 2019, at 4:33 PM PDT
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  13. Admin

    Home schooled kids behave better with adults, I think, than kids in school. However, it’s the socialization with your own age group that can be difficult. My freshman year in high school was pretty rough. Being willing to raise my hand and talk with the teachers didn’t exactly help me fit in with other students, either, but the way!

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    • January 15, 2019, at 12:09 PM PDT
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