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Were any of you lot home-schooled?
Would you home school your kids?
I was not home-schooled, but I would consider home-schooling my kids for a short period of time if there was a problem with local schools, and I was able to get the necessary career-break to be able to do it.
It's all very scary.
Parents of DiS- how did you come to a decision about schools?
That said, she grew up in Shetland so it makes sense. She occasionally posted/posts on here.
It didn't seem like it did her any harm.
I'm not crazy enough to assume that I could do any better than teachers and schools with years of training and significantly better resources behind them.
Also, home-schooled kids are always weirdos with no friends.
hat about if I tutored my kids in maths? I've got a degree, and most maths teachers don't even have an A-level in it, so who's more qualified?
english teachers ahve a degree in english, etc.
(or are you talking about primary school, in which case knock yourself out.)
e're talking about teachers of A-level maths, who don't even have the qualification they're teaching.
Perhaps to say "most" don't have A-levels is an exaggeration, but it's not unheard-of, and it's certainly not uncommon for them not to have a degree in it. There's a shortage, y'see.
It depends how the subjects are grouped.
My brother has a degree in Physics and a PGCE to teach Chemistry and Biology to A-Level.
(although it would have made more sense for him to teach Maths as it's closer to Physics than either of the other two).
THis is all still hypothetical for me, of course, and I don't think I could teach my children anything to even gcse level, never mind A level, but I am interested in the montesssori early learning method. I think one of my biggest fears is what happens to their beautiful inquisitive minds when you take them out of nursery and have to chuck them into The System.
An ability to study a subject is not the same as the ability to teach it.
It's one of the reasons why Michael Gove's attempts to fast-track and skew teacher training are a recipe for disaster.
ell done for picking up on the ? in my post.
hy not? They are at primary level.
then it's rather an odd choice to make (at least in the long-term.)
ell i wasn't home schooled, nor do i know anyone who was. But tbh i don't like the idea of kids not interacting with other kids. I'd like them to have friends.
from sports/ music activities, etc.
eirdo friends then?
The bit in Mean Girls, when Lindsay Lohan goes to the Halloween party dressed as a hideous freak and is shunned by everyone else, is a metaphor for the entire existence of home-schooled kids.
but i'd think daily interaction with people of your age, working on problems together and learning together in a controlled environment would be healthier, and in fact can go hand in hand with sports/music activities. To be honest, stuff i did as a kid outside of school work was often linked with school anyway...like sports, music etc.
Obviously this is a bit of an idyllic theory because kids, being kids, are bastards and will be mean to one another at one point. But I think that's part of growing up and in the long run is better than keeping a child at home and letting them out on special occassions only.
ould have agreed with you before this year, but now I know someone who was and she seems alright. Though I think she was part of a few families that all did it together, so she had social interaction to.
I'm still glad I wasn't though, and I really can't see myself doing it to my kids.
but I just wondered what other peoples experiences were of it.
i dont like the way they seperate girls and boys too, i think everyone should be mixed in together.
even to the extent of seperating religion too, its a disgrace. I was pulled out of my primary school and placed in an integrated school for everyone, then went onto a new and one of the first integrated Colleges here.
met a 'normal' home-schooled person. Usually a bit spesh.
e're talking about people who spend all day on DiS here.
ould for the kids
should be put in jail. With the stipulation that you're allowed to home school your child for one year between the end of nursery (if they go) and primary school, and then another year between the end of primary school and high school. Damn I'm good at stipulations.
restlers in schools? You're having a giraffe.
We're designing one at the moment.
Thought I'd throw it out there. :D
You don't learn anything particularly 'heavy' in GCSE and if you home teach you have to have access to the syllabus or else it would be a disaster.
If you've shown any propensity to learn stuff (i.e. you've done some form of higher education) and you have a list of every conceivable subject that can come up in an exam then I guess it's more about following it all by rote.
One of the big challenges for teachers is motivating students and teaching large numbers at the same time with differing abilities, something the home teacher may not really need to deal with at all. Essentially it's going to come down to the temperament of your child but if you're considering home schooling you're probably already looking at a well-behaved kid and, by virtue of you already being in a position to consider it, one who's being brought up with a lot of the advantages a half-decent GCSE student needs. I'm sure support from the home is massively important to a teacher's ability to do their job.
If you don't have a good relationship with your child I can't see it working out at all.