Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

A reporter for the ChallengerNKY in Northern Kentucky says,

Homeschooling isn't for everyone. Anyone considering this option for their children should consider the following pros and cons before making their decision. Currently only 22 states in the United States require standardized testing of homeschoolers. Kentucky is not one of these states.
Thankfully, Michigan doesn't require testing. Although, it comes up in the legislature perioically. Here is their list of the pros and cons of homeschooling.

* Customized education
* More family time
* Family values taught
* Pressures of peers, competition, boredom, and bullies avoided
* Improved communication between parents and children
* No busywork
* Well-rested children
* Life skills learned by example

* Demands on time and finances
* One parent often gives up career and income
* Being with children 24/7
* Limited extracurricular activities and sports
* Socialization concerns
* Living outside of the norm
* No quality control

Why is living outside the norm a "con"? As I learned from a preacher long ago, "Noah went into the boat a minority and came out the majority." There is something to be said for not following the crowd."

What do you think? Are these accurate? Is there anything you would add to either list?

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