As I stated before, there are as many reasons for children to be homeschooled as there are families. We did not homeschool for religious reasons. My daughter actually took more advanced placement classes than her HS offered!
We get to skip homeroom with Channel One and its advertising, we skip the teacher with diarrhea of the mouth who told his ninth grade honors class that if his wife got pregnant, it would be a miracle because she had a tubal ligation, that his drug days were over, that Monday was gay and lesbian day and if you wore jeans you were gay, and that AC/DC was his favorite band and listen to this album, kids, and you will love them too! The school district, incidently, loved him. I did not. We get to skip pep assemblies for 11 idolized boys who run up and down a football field, and we get to skip the teacher who put a kid up against a locker- hard. We pass on the twenty minutes my elementary kids spent EVERY morning on the bus outside the school, not allowed to come in because the teachers did not have "contracted student time". This is one hour and forty minutes a week!
I have two others in the public school system(it is their choice) and once in a while, usually on a beautiful spring day, I tell them to stay home and take a mental health day. We have a hard time living in the constrictions of an institution ALL the time. Still get almost all A's. I teach my children first comes the family , then school. I do emphasize the importance of education, but not to the minute-by minute of following the orders of people who make mistakes just like anyone. My one daughter is not allowed to wear shirts with hoods or long sweaters to school (principals orders). Fooey I say. This is America!
Brandy, if homeschooling is so detrimental , why is my daughter thriving at Johns Hopkins? You didn't step on my toes, but there are two sides to this coin. They always did participate in sports- all three in a very high level of year round competitive swimming-not High School, and I feel this gave them so much poise and tenacity that no classroom with 35 kids and a tired teacher could.
If time spent in the classroom on small talk, organization and such, a homeschooler can be finished with his or her work and work on an outside project, a sport, a computer project, a hobby or just play outsideor read. Our school district had gym only once a semester and only for twice a week. No wander our children are getting heavier and heavier. Then there are the untrained cafeteria monitors that continually tell them to be quiet and don't move..... oh , I wish my other two were homeschooled. I also wouldn't have to worry violence or about the rampant drug use that my kids have described as early as fifth grade.
I assigned books for my highschooler to read that no highschooler had heard of. She has a vast knowlege of the world and a great vocabulary. Oh yes , and more time for reading!
Sorry... I do go on.