Hah! I am the only one to that I was homeschooled and am against it.
I was homeschooled from the 5th grade on. I was raised in a very religious household. Because of this homeschooling was greatly influenced by religion.
At first it wasn't too bad. The first couple of years my brother and I didn't hang out with too many other kids our age. That didn't matter because not having to go to school had a kind of novelty to it. We moved to another town not too long after and became involved in a church that was largely of the homeschooling variety. At this point we were able to socialize with more people our age and did it 2 or more times a week.
When I was 14 my parents started having children again. From that point on they didn't get to that church near as much so we didn't really hang out with anybody. During the school year all friends we had on our street were busy with school activities and homework. A couple of years after that my parents had twins. This really limited our social life because she needed constant help with them and the other child when they were awake. Just to add to the frustration of this story I remember her getting downright abusive once or twice when the other child did stuff while we were watching her, while we were doing our regular school work.
I'm going to fast forward about 10 years now. I have a total of four "newer" siblings. A 12 year old sister, 9 year old twins brother/sister and a 7 year old sister. They have all been homeschooled the whole time and have never been exposed to any other kind of educational environment. As far as I can tell they are behind on a lot of their coursework, though I have been told they are catching up. It is also very light on math and science. They are using some crap christian curriculum that espouses a god did it philosophy to science.
I thought it was bad that my brother (who would be 25 right now if he were still alive) and I did not have great social experiences when we were homeschooled. What is happening to my siblings is 100X worse. They rarely see or associate with anyone their own age. Even when they are at church my mom is telling them that some of the kids there are bad influences on them. Back to my brother…I was talking to one of my close friends who was his roommate. He said that it took Jeremy a while to come out of his shell socially after moving out.
These kids are being raised as 7th day adventists and are only being exposed to junk science and whatever crap their churches are spewing out.
My mom’s reason for doing all this was to keep us from the bad influences. Nice job. It worked great, didn’t it?
In short, I think homeschooling is bullshit (no offence jetson, cuz I know you’re doing it right). I think it is child abuse the way my parents are doing it. Their needs to be mandatory testing for homeschooled kids every year to make sure they are where they should be academically.
Anyway, thanks for reading my rant here. I know it is a little unorganized but I needed to get it out. After reading some of the other posts here I have decided that this could be done right. I just don't like the bullshit going on with my siblings. They are deliberatly being kept away from anything that might contradict my parent's faith. That is so, so wrong.