What do you think about homeschooling? Is it legal in your country?

Homeschooling is a topic that leads to a lot of discution. In Brazil it was ilegal until the begining of this year. The new government made this form of education legal, allowing parents to teach their kids at home.

Well, I have two differents opinions about this topic: A professional and a personal.

As a lawyer I can't see a reason to forbid the parents to decide how they wanna raise their kids. That is what we call individual liberty, which is a right provided by the constitution. You can disagree and send your children to School, but we can't take away the parent's right.

On the other hand, If I had kids, I wouldn't homeschooled them. I think that live with other kids is important, they learn to share, learn how to solve problems by themselves and can experience a little previous of the real life. Also, I definitively don't have the capacity to teach or even follow all the subjects that are taught in the School. A math teacher or a chemistry teacher is way more qualified than me. 

I know that are special situations. Some kids can have issues with learning. That are also the bullying problema and etc. But, If that is not such condition I would put them at School.

What about you? What is your opinion?

Apr 9, 2019 11:52 PM
Comments · 19

I experienced both growing up: I attended traditional schooling from Pre-K until the 7th grade and I insisted on being homeschooled when I was in the 8th grade. My parents preferred traditional schooling for me but there were several reasons why I wanted to ditch traditional schooling, to name a few:

1) I wanted to focus on my gymnastics career back then

2) I'm an unconventional thinker and I think that traditional schooling kills your creativity. I got bored of traditional schooling and I hate fixed class schedules

3) I did not have that much friends growing up, plus I hate cliques and being in a homogenous environment. I really enjoy the company of older people and I think that my world would be limited if I would be stuck with my peers. I would also miss my auntie and my grandma every time I'm in school

My parents reluctantly agreed. I eventually got my way thanks to my supportive auntie and grandparents. I became homeschooled from the 8th grade until I graduated from an online university, and I never regretted my decision. My cousins who attended traditional schooling all their life thought that I was a boring person and that I missed out on prom and such events but I don't like those stuff. Different strokes for different folks. What may work for you may not work for me and vice versa. My social life bloomed when I became an athlete because I got to meet people from all over the world thanks to sports competitions and banquets with fellow athletes. I enjoy meeting people that way

I would say that I prefer homeschooling- particularly online schooling. I enjoyed online schooling growing up because I had a flexible schedule and I'm an independent learner so it works for me, plus socializing with my peers was not a priority of mine

April 10, 2019

In the United States, homeschooling is legal in all fifty states, because of a Supreme Court decision in 1972. About 3% of all children are homeschooled. There are both obvious disadvantages and obvious advantages to homeschooling. The evidence is that it turns out OK. For example, elite universities accept and admit homeschooled children and have found no problems.

April 10, 2019
An angle on this story that has not yet been mentioned is the fact that religion is the reason for many home-schooling decisions, in the UK for sure, and no doubt in the USA too. Essentially, some parents don't want their children to be morally corrupted, as they see it, by long-term exposure to children of families with different values nor affected by education on health and moral issues at school.
April 13, 2019
I love Marcelo’s idea. In many places, public schools are indeed rather bad (despite ridiculously high spending), while parents are usually too busy to work part-time as a teacher. On the other hand, it would be great to have lots of healthy competition — in a world where private businesses will work hard to provide excellence and choice at low prices, without a bloated bureaucracy. When the state puts educational dollars in the hands of parents who are free to make their own purchasing decisions, we’ll see prices plummet and quality skyrocket. 

April 10, 2019
I agree that it depends on the student. For example, there are many children who are homeschooled because they have chronic illnesses or diseases that make attending regular school very difficult. However, school can offer a lot which you cant get at home: a variety of teachers with different areas of expertise, a social setting with peers, a professional setting with teachers you aren't close to, resources that you wouldnt have at home (i.e. microscopes, 3D printers, different software), etc. Both settings can offer different things, so it depends on the student and their parents what they choose.
April 10, 2019
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