Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Is home education legal?
Yes. Laws and registration requirements vary, but home education is legal in every state.
What about socialization?
Children taught at home typically encounter people of various age groups more frequently than their same age peers in an institutionalized school setting. In addition, the primary role models for homeschooled children tend to be mature teens and adults, helping children to learn appropriate social skills from those who already have them. Children who attend institutionalized school settings typically spend most of their day around other children of the same age and maturity level so the child does not learn to socialize with others outside their own peer group.
Can parents truly teach their children as well as or better than trained professionals?
More than anyone else, parents love their children, recognize their childrenís weaknesses, and know their childrenís gifts, preferences, and learning styles. This naturally makes most parents the best teacher for their children.
But what about actual results to prove that parents can teach their children?
Instead of being concerned about grades or test scores during a particular semester or school year, parents have a long-term interest in the success of their children. Studies have repeatedly proven that children who are taught at home score higher on standardized tests than their same age peers taught in institutionalized school settings. This is true whether the parent has a college degree, professional teacher training, or even a high school diploma.
What about difficult subjects like advanced math and sciences?
There are many products on the market today to help parents teach subjects with which they may have difficulty, such as advanced math, sciences, and foreign languages. While some homeschool parents take advantage of these wonderful programs, others enroll their children in co-op classes, which are taught parents who have knowledge of the subject and a passion for teaching that subject.
Who oversees homeschooled children?
It is every parentís responsibility to love, nurture, and train their children, not just those who are taught at home. Legally, in regards to home education, each state sets its own laws concerning regulation, registration, oversight, testing, etc.
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