brianmmulligan wrote:Sharon, I'm going to have to pull rank on you with this one. I work fulltime now on the development of online learning. The vast majority of parents do not have the skill to access and use educational resources on the Internet. However, if they are committed they can acquire such skills. However, it has generally been shown that using electronic materials without suitable human guidance by someone who understands the topics is not very effective (there is a company in India who will provide english speaking tutors for your child). So in a way the parent has to learn to be a teacher. Not all have the ability or knowledge to do this although most parents who go this route probably have the motivation to achieve this (there are also networks of home school parents on the Internet - you probably already know that).]
Despite this, I know loads of children who are learning at a high level without traditional instruction. When I refer to the internet, I don't mean to restrict it to on-line lessons. If you consider any topic at all, there is something online to help you. For example, my daughter enjoys nature programs, so I found a resource with with all the 'Life on Earth' programs online. For myself, when it came to buying a house, I hadn't a clue, but I spent some time reading through various financial advice sites.
There are so many leaning resources online that are self explanatory. My children use a few, the BBC has loads of fantastic pages, there's an American learn-to-read site called Starfall. I honestly don't know what training a parent would need to help their children to use these sorts or sites. You did make the point that 'most parents who go this route probably have the motivation to achieve this' and I agree with you there. Parents who decide for whatever reason to help their children learn out of school, are motivated and there are so many support networks that we can use for advice from other parents. There are skills to being a good home-educator, and you develop those skills. It's not at all the same skills needed by a school teacher, because you don't have to deal with large class sizes, discipline problems (beyond normal parenting ones) and all the bureaucracy of the school system.
You have no evidence for this. I am friends with lots of home-educating parents and none of those HE to censor information. That's not evidence either, but my sample size is larger than yours.TO be honest, I worry more about the motivation rather than the ability of home school parents. I suspect that most choose home schooling because of what is taught in school rather than what is NOT taught. In other words they wish to censor what information their child has access to
I would contend that the state school system is much more restrictive, especially since the instruction of the national curriculum (I am really only familiar with the NI and UK system).
Sure! I don't know if we will keep doing this when the child are 11 and over. It depends on several things, most importantly, whether the children still prefer to HE. They may want to try school and if so, they will.Can I ask you a few questions?
Do you intend to cover secondary schooling from home?
Are you sure you are covering all the pre-requisites for secondary school?
You probably are, but I am interested as I would worry that all parents might not do this. I personally think it would be a dawdle if you know what you are doing. And you would probably do it better.
In that case, I can take a look at the national curriculum to check that they've covered whatever topics are typically taught at primary school.
However, I would prefer that they continue to learn at home.
We've already got it!By the way here's a great learning tool for kids. It's called Scratch - it's the follow-on from the kids programming language Logo (that I used to teach to kids after school years ago)