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7 Bad Reasons to Send Your Teens to Public Schools

You can overcome the obstacles.

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Paula Bolyard

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April 12, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in July of 2013 as “7 Objections to Homeschooling Teens“ It is being reprinted as part of a weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Visit tomorrow for the conclusion of the series. 

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In a recent article at Cafe Mom, Ericka Souter listed 7 reasons she could never homeschool her teen. They are all fairly common concerns that most parents wrestle with as they decide whether to continue homeschooling through the middle school and high school years and I’d like to address them:

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1. I could probably get him through algebra and geometry, but we’d both need a tutor when it came to calculus. Sure, I took it in high school but it was in one ear and out the other as soon as the final was finished.

One thing that homeschoolers discover early on is that they learn along with their children. Most parents realize fairly quickly that there were gaps in their own education and they remedy the situation by plunging right into the learning process with their kids. With math, for example, parents not only review what they already know, but they fill in gaps as they work through the curriculum, progressively adding to their own skills as they teach their children. Many homeschooling books are designed to walk parents through every step of teaching various subjects, some even including video lectures.

If parents are uncomfortable teaching higher-level classes such as calculus and physics, they have a wealth of resources at their disposal. Some parents enroll their children in online classes for subjects they find challenging, while others, like our family, join co-ops in which parents pool their skills and teach classes to small groups of homeschoolers. In our co-op, a homeschooling mom who is a physician taught biology and a dad who is a mechanical engineer taught physics. We used a video-assisted program for pre-calculus, and my older son took discrete math at a local university during his senior year of high school. The array of options is almost dizzying.

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Paula,
As a graduated home school mom/teacher, my experience has been that when people say "I could never ..." what they really mean is "I don't want to ..." Big difference. People who want to, but who can't, will find resources to help them make it so. The others are just using an excuse.
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One scary thing when you try to teach someone something, such as math, is learning how much you didn't really get when it was taught to you. But it is one of the best ways to really gain an understanding of the subject.

But in subjects like math and physics, the emphasis is on developing the logic and other thought processes to solve the problems. This can be done interactively with a student instead of "sage on the stage". The whole give-take learning process between a somewhat knowledgeable teacher and a neophyte student, develops the mental disciplines needed in both. Problem solving instead of passive listening. This process is not as easy to implement in a class of 30, but with 1 or 2, it is the way to go.
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