Monday, April 15, 2013

Myths (about Homeschooling)

**For those of you joining me from the A to Z challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

There is A LOT of misinformation out there about homeschooling. I'm hoping to answer some of the myths today.

M is for Myth

Myth 1: Homeschooled children have no socialization skills. This is quite simply, just plain wrong. There are many, many more places to learn and practice socialization skills outside of the classroom. In fact, when I was teaching in brick and mortar schools, there wasn't time for students to socialize at school outside of lunch and recess. My small people have the opportunity to interact with many other people - children and adults - in the course of our daily lives. Homeschooling families also have many opportunities to take advantage of cultural events and personal activities because their school day is typically shorter than a traditionally schooled student with the added bonus of not having homework to do in the afternoons.

Myth 2: Very few people homeschool their children. According to the US Census Bureau, an estimate of as many as 2 million American children are homeschooled, and that number is growing 15 to 20 per cent each year.

Myth 3: Homeschooling parents aren't qualified to teach their children. Parents who homeschool represent a range of education levels. While it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of core subjects, it isn't necessary to be a rocket scientist or to know everything about every subject. I am learning so much right alongside my children. Truth be told, many teachers in public schools didn't get teaching certification with their education. Due to shortages in certain subjects, many schools are giving out-of-area certifications.

Myth 4: It's difficult for homeschooled students to get into college. Many homeschool students are actually taking college courses before graduating from high school. Also colleges and universities are actively seeking homeschooled students because of their independent study and critical thinking skills.

What homeschooling myth have you heard that I haven't addressed here?

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