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Poll From: 01/31/2013

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Do you homeschool your kids or enroll them in additional learning opportunities like private tutoring or after school programs? Submitted By k2sfi, AL
Yes.
No, but I'm interested in doing so.
No, I'm not interested in doing either.
No, I don't have any kids.
My kids are no longer of school age.
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krwTKD
on 05/16/14
HOMESCHOOLING!!!!!!
swaguser13951136
on 04/09/14
I didn't home school my children but they enjoyed plenty of extra-curricular activities, e.g. horse riding, swimming, Brownies and Guides, skating, and our whole family were members of our church choir (which was great fun at midnight mass). ;) Mo
Mouamy11
on 01/30/14
After school programs are things I know I definitely enjoyed! But was fairly hard for me to attend most of the time because my parents both worked two jobs causing it hard for me to transport....I would have to walk home and that was truly a pain..especially since it got so dark..I would definitely love to be there for my kids so they could enjoy after school programs without having to worry about walking!
jessestone555
on 01/26/14
im not smart enough to home school my kides
Lmelaku406
on 01/05/14
I ain't got any...yet!
jassoc1
on 01/04/14
I agree
Gader1
on 10/18/13
I will homeschool my kids because I do not want them bullied
Hstar99
on 05/15/13
TexasJewel and 2 others liked this  
I am a homeschooler!
Gader1
on 10/18/13
So am I
AmySW
on 05/11/13
triathlon29 liked this  
My step-daughter, who lives with her father and I, is homeschooled. She is so far ahead, that she'll get to graduate 2 years early.
Grace1999dancer
on 03/19/13
Gader1 and 1 others liked this  
I was homeschooled since 6th grade and I thank my parents for it. There are too many upsides to even counteract with the bad. I will definitely homeschool mine.
ClassicalMe422
on 03/01/13
Gader1 and 1 others liked this  
I was homschooled, and I plan on homeschooling my own, should I be so blessed as to have children.
Fuzzy06460
on 01/31/13
For some of us, homeschooling is not even an option because we have to work!
dgoff
on 02/26/13
Maybe it is an issue to have to work. Maybe it can be done too. I just watched a news report from Aurora Colorado of a mom who worked nights and homeschooled all seven of her children and those children got into college at 16. Her husband worked three jobs. The mom has two last teens she is working with and she is now back in school getting her college degree. She was inspiring! She is a black American mother with no degree, successfully teaching seven kids and getting them into college! I work from home doing private contract work and supporting and encouraging other homeschooling families. So it is possible to work and home school.
AustinRhea
on 02/01/13
I know a few parents that work full time and then home school at night. When you home school it doesn't have to be on the same clock as public school. But of course it is still your choice. Some people would find that schedule too demanding. If I had children, I would home school, but I am also disabled and can't work. If I had to work a full time job, I don't know if I could pull off home schooling, but I do know it can be done.
TheQueenKasey
on 02/06/13
i actually still in school i use connections academy its online schooling.
kjay510
on 02/01/13
can these activities hurt children s social well being?
erimicheller
on 02/03/13
meezehome liked this  
Allowing your kid to homeschool? Quite possibly. However, k12.com lets you stay interactive.
scdawson
on 02/01/13
My daughter is now 24 and will soon be having my first grandchild. When she was young however I would have loved to have home-schooled her and I think I would have done a good job of it. However I needed to be working full time for our household finances so never got the chance.
swaguser85233028
on 02/01/13
interesting!!
bellamae12
on 02/01/13
My kids are to young to be in school. But thinking to do it someday incase they have a hard time for learning in hard subjects.
pusa
on 02/01/13
Yes,tutoring helped my nieces & nephews a lot especially in Math. So i recommend it to all my co-workers who have children.
CornPicknDogLvr
on 02/01/13
glittermama4 and 2 others liked this  
I was homeschooled. Best ever!!
Bcmurphy
on 02/01/13
glittermama4 liked this  
I dont have kids yet. I wasnt home schooled, but I totally see the value in it. If we can afford it I will stay home and homeschool my kids. So much more room for creativity and out side of the box thinking!!!
hgibs
on 02/01/13
glittermama4 and 2 others liked this  
I was homeschooled my entire life except for 10th grade. I, ironically, scored the lowest on my SAT in the areas I was taught in school. I participated in speech, orchestra, choirs, basketball and volleyball, plays and community service (to name a few) while homeschooling. I always laugh when people find out I was homeschooled and say "But you are so normal!" I have a cousin who went to public school his entire life and scored perfectly on his SAT. However, he is now homeschooling his children. I think you should do what is for you children but also keep in mind that what is good for some may not be good for others. I homeschool my son and it is very challenging but rewarding. I love that I am the one who is teaching him how to read. I absolutely believe that I am the one influencing how my children think and that is why I am so proud to homeschool. I will never understand why people feel so threaten by homeschoolers!
Goldenkey
on 02/01/13
I am mom of 3 years old. I would say if I will have chance to introduce my child to many different programs I will use this chance just to show for my child different opportunity in this world.
joandell
on 02/01/13
I am the parent of a home schooler. It is hard at times but worth it all! I just couldn't put up with the bullying and abuse affects any longer. Public schools have gone way down hill. My child had broken bones and enlarged spleen. The school even tried to say we were doing it, and called in Dept. of Social Services, which highly backfired once the attorney's got envolved.
MoogleMerchants
on 02/01/13
lol
sunshyneNdallas
on 01/31/13
keavenbrown and 3 others liked this  
WITH ALL THE SHOOTINGS LATELY, MAYBE HOME SCHOOL IS SOMETHING I SHOULD LOOK INTO
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
keavenbrown liked this  
It was one time recently. I'm all for homeschooling, but please don't make your choice on one low probability event.
colechan
on 01/31/13
keavenbrown liked this  
I think homeschooling makes children anti-social
BLOODYBOB96
on 01/31/13
keavenbrown and 2 others liked this  
Yeah, not being exposed to drugs, alcohol, sex, bullying, peer pressure, etc. Is REALLY antisocial...
ZeeMAD1
on 02/01/13
There are drugs, alcohol, and sex in most households.
overalp2013::2013-03".."+
on 01/31/13
wonder if you 34% who say they dont have childen just cant afford to have childen
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
There are a lot of teenagers on this site so I hope they aren't having children. Plus others might not want children or at least might not want to raise children in todays current society.
SaintKen
on 01/31/13
I had two. Never could afford them. In fact, I still can't. But, I keep on finding ways to help them out with finances. It's a sacrifice I love to make.
maryhaggart
on 01/31/13
Inktomni liked this  
Maybe because we are young and dont really feel like shoving one out right now?
Inktomni
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
LOL! Mary. That's what I was thinking...maybe not everyone is at a time in their lives when they want or are ready for kids.
mmmthasgood
on 01/31/13
Yeah that and also, not everyone is able to have children.
gypseytoo
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
people who dont want children think on a lrger scale i have one child who does not ever plan to have children like never
MewMew34
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Does it matter why they don't have kids? Though, for the record, I don't have kids because I don't want them, ever. I have absolutely no desire to be a mother. Never have, and I doubt I ever will. I don't find babies or small children cute and can't force myself to pretend the mundane little things children do are as adorable as everyone else seems to think they are.
mmmthasgood
on 01/31/13
O_o I wonder how you felt about yourself as a child. You weren't born an adult therefore you once were one of those "mundane" little things that you speak so negative of.
ZeeMAD1
on 01/31/13
mmmthasgood and 1 others liked this  
How horrible.
ZeeMAD1
on 02/01/13
Shh.
HollyBlueGreen
on 02/01/13
CadenceC and 1 others liked this  
How's that horrible? Some people just don't have that strong maternal instinct, and it can be twice as maddening when everyone expects you to gush over babies simply because you're a woman. I love children, but not everyone feels the same and there's nothing wrong with that. Just because someone doesn't find them cute doesn't mean they wouldn't still take care of one that needed their help, it just means they aren't particularly charmed by them.
JStarrin
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Why do you find that statement horrible?
CamChish
on 01/31/13
I've learned important things through public schooling, and I know that one day when I have children I hope that they have the opprotunies to learn about leadership, relationships, and scheduling skills that I can't teach them at home.
dgoff
on 02/26/13
CamChish, there is a whole movement afoot called leadership education. many of the elite leaders of the past were privately tutored or home schooled. Though leadership education is not about the venue where education takes place, it is about equipping children for their life's mission, their purpose. These youth get exposed to great literature, history, and science in very broad and deep ways. Some are in public school, some in private schools, a huge portion are home schooled. They have enough opportunities for leadership and to learn leadership that far exceed what can be done in the regular public classroom.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
But that is exactly the problem! Parents want someone else to teach there kids important lessons rather than doing it themselves. Meanwhile public school teachers are completely overburdened and just trying to keep control of out of control kids and teach them something.
ZeeMAD1
on 02/01/13
*rolls eyes*
Annikalayla
on 01/31/13
DesertDiana and 7 others liked this  
There is no basis to question the social development of homeschooled children.
Jajh
on 01/31/13
Especially as long term studies have proven that it's pretty much the opposite! They're more socialized for reason stated by many, here!
temptation1979::2013".."+
on 01/31/13
Except that they aren't around other kids as much, which is the very definition of SOCIAL development.
Annikalayla
on 02/01/13
By basis I mean proof, not just opinions. Social awkwardness of homeschooled children is a myth.
nancykelley
on 01/31/13
HollyBlueGreen and 3 others liked this  
nancykelley
on 1/31/13
How does homeschooling not allow kids to interact with peers? The home school kids I know do: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, Soccer Leagues, Swim Team, Parks & Rec. basketball league, take martial arts, sing in choirs, play musical instruments, do local youth theater, take classes in things like science, math, languages, writing, etc. at a homeschool coop, one does an environmental education outdoor school one day a week, volunteer at soup kitchens, have sibings, cousins, friends and playdates, etc.

My kids who go to public school? Well, they sit in the same classroom with other kids and see kids for a couple of 20 minute recesses. They have time for one sport a season and one other activity. They also have playdates, etc. I really don't see how the home schooled kids aren't socialized.
ChristineMMroan
on 01/31/13
AriahU and 2 others liked this  
Home schooling denies the children the exposure to other ideas and thoughts. It seems only super religious people homeschool especially since public school is free.
dgoff
on 02/26/13
Not true on all accounts. First, public school is not free, people pay thousands of dollars in taxes to support it. Second, I began homeschooling first at a principle's suggestion because he knew he could not provide the education my right brained gifted child needed. I did not start for religious reasons. I know many, many who did not start for religious reasons. Third, within the schools system, especially with the new "common core," ideas and thoughts are quite limited to ideologies the "common core" wants to promote. Over the 30 years I have homeschooled, I find that even among the uber religious their curriculum is broader and deeper than what you would normally find in any public school classroom. So, for an overwhelming majority of homeschoolers denying exposure to other ideas and thought is not the problem you think.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
dgoff liked this  
Public school isn't free it is paid for by all of us. Personally I think there should be some cost even if it is very small, because if it were the parents would be more invested in it.
fostertx
on 01/31/13
Homeschooling has come a very long way. Secular homeschool curriculum is very common. We all spend lots of time doing numerous activities with all types of kids - homeschooled or not. Our children are well-adjusted, social, academically advanced, exceptional volunteers and mentors. My older children that were not homeschooled often say they wish they'd had the opportunity. They feel they missed out on so much fun learning and experiences that traditional schools simply can't provide. Homeschool is not free. We spend lot on enrichment classes, athletics, arts, books, curriculum, events, and the list goes on. We do it simply because it the best education - one-on-one and completely customized.
Nerdfighter
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 5 others liked this  
Au contraire, as a homeschooler myself, I have been exposed to many thoughts and ideas. Granted, this is not true of all homeschoolers, but there are many who are well-read and non-religious.
Michaelahunt
on 01/31/13
dc5523 and 6 others liked this  
Homeschooling does NOT denie children the exposure to other ideas and thoughts. Homeschooling gives the children stability and a better education.
temptation1979::2013".."+
on 01/31/13
dc5523 and 2 others liked this  
But it does "denie" them the chance to be good spellers, apparently. It's "deny." Please tell me you aren't homeschooling your children! lol
dgoff
on 02/26/13
Most of the parents responding here were public schooled, and many that graduated from those schools are not great spellers.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
There are really much more important lessons, such as how to be polite and kind to others, that are more important for kids to learn than spelling or never making a typo.
jaykel21
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 5 others liked this  
Not true. School isn't the only place where children can interact.. there are several after-school activities where any child go regardless of their association with a school. I don't have any children but if I did and had the time and expertise to teach them I would. I like the idea of giving my child individual attention especially in the early years. Maybe at high school I would send them to public school or a private school so they can do the whole prom thing..... but I see nothing weird about homeschooling children.
KRegalbuto
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 2 others liked this  
Many homeschool organizations now offer social experiences such as proms, sports teams, band etc. Also high school students can often find resources in the community, for example my kids participated in community symphony (teens and adults) and theater.
HollyBlueGreen
on 01/31/13
dc5523 and 19 others liked this  
I do school at home and I'm pretty much an atheist. And despite the fact that I've been missing out on these other thoughts and ideas you speak of (kids getting bullied, people being judged, teachers being disrespected) I don't regret leaving regular public school. As great as it was having to sit for 7 hours a day, and having loads of busywork, oh and don't even get me started on how delicious the cafeteria lunch was... I guess now that I'm allowed to finish my work in a couple hours each day, then go outside and do whatever I want instead of sitting for another 4 or so hours, I'm totally missing out on life and all the great thoughts and ideas that tweens and teenagers have to offer.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
I feel like half the time kids spent in school today is spent with teachers dealing with badly behaving students who parents either refuse to acknowledge or don't care there is a problem. It really is not 7 hours a day of learning.
guevona1
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
This comment is based on ignorance of the subject. NO, I dont homeschool but now its normal. NOt a weird religious thing...
temptation1979::2013".."+
on 01/31/13
Normal is subjective.
RVmama
on 01/31/13
dc5523 and 27 others liked this  
Not true. There are plenty of non-religious people who teach their children at home. And what does religion have to do with public school being free? This is a very illogical supposition. You obviously have not had much contact with people who educate their children at home. I think your own horizons need to be a bit broader before you start making blanket statements about home schooling.
JoJo2win
on 01/31/13
I agree...... Although most of them are there are some that aren't I should know I am homeschooled.
prattmama
on 01/31/13
fizzylou liked this  
what?
RVmama
on 01/31/13
LOL. My thoughts exactly. Needs some work on pronoun reference and punctuation. :)
mmmthasgood
on 01/31/13
Tiirz and 1 others liked this  
I understand where you're both coming from... Also I think Christine may have meant that public schools have religious freedom, hence the term "free."
mmmthasgood
on 01/31/13
Excuse me people that are trying to jump down my throat for trying to understand what Christine was saying. That is not my personal opinion, I only said "I think..." and that means I think that's what she meant. Chill out.
RVmama
on 01/31/13
razorbackmom and 5 others liked this  
I totally disagree that public schools have religious freedom. They may allow people of all religious backgrounds to attend, but that is only tolerance, not freedom. There is a difference. I also find it hard to swallow since there are so many schools that have banned certain religious articles - Bibles, crosses, etc. Being able to freely express your beliefs (in any non-violent form) and worship is true religious freedom. That is not encouraged nor allowed in most public schools.
temptation1979::2013".."+
on 01/31/13
dc5523 and 3 others liked this  
It is allowed. Students can pray whenever they'd like. What the schools cannot do is FORCE religion down the throats of people who have no interest in it, as it should be.
BellaDonaZerbino
on 01/31/13
WiccanLady and 1 others liked this  
You may be right on the public schools having religious freedom. My reasoning has nothing to do with religion at all. I am pagan and my husband prefers not to follow any religious path at all. We chose to take our children out because the school they demand my six year old going to we have had problems with in the past and refuse to go through the issues again. My fifteen year old began homeschooling this past year because my husband has had dealings with the high schools in our area and the school district outright refused to send her to the school he asked her to go to. I do hope my clearification of different reasoning does help ones that might think otherwise
homeschoolmom67
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 8 others liked this  
Actually, many public schools DON'T have religious freedom. When I taught CCD, one of my students came to me about a report she was supposed to do on any historical figure from a particular state. There were no subject restrictions on the report except that it could NOT be on a religious figure. That's not freedom.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
Actually history and religion are very much tied together. To say we can't learn about religion, but he are going to learn about history is skewing history.
CleverCat
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 2 others liked this  
I'm not a religious person myself, but religion is part of history as well...
homeschoolmom67
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 3 others liked this  
So, just because someone is a religious figure, they don't make an important contribution to our world? This would exclude Dr. King, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and so many others who have had a positive impact just because they are movitivated by religion.
tom655321
on 01/31/13
dc5523 liked this  
First of all, Christine was not talking about religious freedom. She was implying public school is popular because it's free to attend. Second, they were right to not let your student pick a religious figure. They probably wanted them to to learn about history instead of religion. It's sad such stipulations have to be made.
SaintKen
on 01/31/13
As a public school teacher for 30 years, I spent more time disciplining the few than I did teaching the many. Most parents were too busy to deal with their kids or just didn't know how. Administrators spent their time trying to find ways to get parents to vote yes on the budget, and supporting teachers and disciplining children just didn't get the votes they wanted since it meant telling parents that their children weren't perfect which meant the parents needed to deal with their kids. (see sentence 2 above.) I always felt, and even encouraged a few, that the parents of the students who really wanted to learn should have sued to school district for allowing the "problem" students to take the teachers' instruction time away from their children.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
There are some parents that are just terrible. I feel bad for the teachers. It has to be so frustrating. I don't have kids, but I have seen it in others I know. Who tells an 18 month year old "I would really prefer you to not play with my iphone". Just take the phone away. This is just one example I see so many of them. The kids can do not wrong, until they do something so wrong that it can't be made right.
geide
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 5 others liked this  
My son was home schooled. He went to college and got his degree in Information Systems Management. He now has a very well paying job as a database project engineer/manager. My son has never had any problems with being anti-social. I'm so tired of hearing the same talking points of home-schooled children being anti-social, uneducated, etc. Instead of spouting off what you have heard about the over 2 million children being home-schooled, why not look up the facts first. I believe the poll question should have been, "Do you or have you ever home-schooled..." I would have proudly marked "Yes" instead of "My kids are no longer of school age".
galgirl97
on 02/01/13
i agree with you, I'm homeschooled. :)
ladyllanowar
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
I agree with you in part. I have had several friends who were home schooled either part or the entire length of their schooling, and they were just a normal as my friends who went outside of the house to be educated. I think, though, that maybe this particular poll should have been broken up into 2 questions, the first being about homeschooling and whether or not you are or have home schooled your children and the second about the enrolling them in additional learning opportunities. That would have been 2 days worth of polls and would have more effectively surveyed the voters.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
I agree, they are really two very different questions.
triathlon29
on 02/01/13
I could see why one would homeschool and I could also see why one would send their kids to public school or to private school. The public school is good for some and bad for others as it is a circular peg system and if you are a square well good luck. Not to mention the teacher unions that can keep a bad teacher or administrator around and ruin a kids school experience.
Krovyeyu
on 01/31/13
amyvancan liked this  
I'll continue being homeschooled until college. Right now, I have some high school/college level classes interspersed with my own research and independent studies, as well as some bookwork. Homeschooling works fine for me, but it's not for everyone.
surfergirl77
on 01/31/13
How did you make friends? :)
Krovyeyu
on 02/01/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Well, I guess I "made" friends by attending meetings at my local homeschooling group and attending services at our church.
rsillick
on 02/01/13
would love to
sab26sab
on 02/01/13
Would love to
prasadp
on 02/01/13
yes they dooooo
tmesse0293
on 02/01/13
I have no kids but i would have love to be home schooled. The teachers were great but most of the student were so mean that the thought of having to go to a public school left me feeling depressed. Just glad that i graduated and can put it behind me
Nikki819
on 01/31/13
What about my children are too young for school? I know, I know, polls can't have all options. I've thought about homeschooling but think we would drive each other bonkers.
Skittles143143
on 01/31/13
CamChish liked this  
home schooling denies the children of being social
SaintKen
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Couldn't be farther from the truth!
Seaqueen
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 2 others liked this  
Hmmm... that could be possible for a few children, but I would say that majority of homeschooled young people (at least the ones I know) are very sociable and have plenty (often too many!) opportunities to do various activities with other people of all ages! Having graduated high school through home education myself, I can attest that I was in no way denied social opportunities, and had plenty of time to spend with other children and adults. Especially these days, the homeschooling community has so many ways for kids to get together... co-ops, PE groups, 4-H clubs, community theaters, bands, orchestras, choirs, dance groups, speech and debate clubs, a wide range homeschool classes, volunteer work: there are all sorts of wonderful options out there!
Icyoulol
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
I don't have kids, but i enjoyed being homeschooled over going to a regular high school.
brandyhendon
on 01/31/13
:)
Gapeach93
on 01/31/13
I was homeschooled because of my illness and it made me feel socially withdrawn
brandyhendon
on 01/31/13
Love it
Seaqueen
on 01/31/13
I don't have kids... but I'm a homeschool grad and love it!! :D
proudfather2012
on 01/31/13
i dont have the time and my kid is not old enough
morning123
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Let us give kids enough time to play after their school programs. Kids are to learn great matters while playing!
Colfer
on 01/31/13
Home schooling denies the children the exposure to other ideas and thoughts.
fostertx
on 01/31/13
triathlon29 and 4 others liked this  
On the contrary, homeschooling provides children the opportunity to explore ideas and thoughts that many schools don't offer. They often have multiple teachers, a variety of friends from all backgrounds and ages, travel opportunities, etc. They learn about culture, art, music, etc. first hand and through personal experiences. It's way better than simply reading it in a book.
madhumita123
on 01/31/13
definitely whatee jobs we are onto.. job satisfaction should be guaranted for our allround progress.
ysdf
on 01/31/13
i just dont want any kids

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