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Question: What Do You Think Of Home Schooling?

Many East End parents choose to teach their own kids.

Across the East End, there are a number of students that are learning to read and write while sitting at kitchen tables as opposed to a desk in a classroom. Their teachers are their parents.

Home schooling parents are close knit on the East End, providing support to each  other on a daily basis.  They text, email and Facebook about the challenges and advantages of being home-schoolers.

One Facebook page dedicated to East Hampton parents, who home school their children, provides parents with resources and connections.

Patch wants to know: What do you think about home schooling? What do you think are the advantages and drawbacks?

Feel free to comment below.

Dawn Betke January 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Forward thinking, in regards to homeschooling requires "home-money" I can not disagree more with that statement. I am a single mom, I managed to homeschool my daughter successfully for 4+ years with little or no cost. Depending on the district they will allow books to be borrowed from a Boces textbook center, as they should since even though our children are not enrolled in school are tax dollars still are. You are able to order what ever texts you choose from Boces. There is also the world wide web, and don't forget the library and inter library loans. Also in regards to the "riggors of the world" do you not think being exposed to 600+ of your peers on a daily basis in today's society is not hard? With all the bullying and teasing making the news daily I hardly think homeschooling is more riggors, in fact I think it is just the opposite.
Dawn Betke January 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
sorry more *rigorous
forward thinking January 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
i did not mean money to home school - i was unclear it takes income to live a life (rent, food, etc….)with enough freedom to home school. Actually home schooling is far better than traditional schooling provided the person home schooling is qualified. the point of traditional education in my "rigors" example is the cut throat world after all education is over. the competition is over when a person is tenured in the municipal work place. But in the social meeting places and the “employment at free will” environments school bullying is nothing (child’s play).
concerned east ender January 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
My grandchildren are being home schooled. At first, I was understandably skeptical. It seemed like such a radical change. I can now honestly say that the change in them has been substantial. They are happy, enthusiastic, intellectually curious (using critical thinking skills) and easily participate and interact with others in a healthy way. Because they spend less time at a "school," they have time in their day to play sports, take dance, knitting, pottery and other classes of interest. They even have time to daydream! Books they need are available at the library and socializing with other homeschoolers of all ages keeps them active. (I was surprised at the huge network of homeschool families.) This will be their second year of homeschooling and I am amazed and impressed at the difference it has made in their little lives. When then come to visit, they actually pull books out of their backpacks to read as i cook dinner. Most other kids at this age have their faces in some electronic device or other.
Teresa L January 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Re: Forward Thinking Teacher Qualifications: Instruction need only be given by a competent teacher. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3204 The parent does not need to be certified. In re Franz, 55 A.D. 2d 424, 427, and 390 NYS 2d 940 (1977). A parent is deemed “competent” if the regulations set forth are followed. A parent does not need to be 'qualified' by anything other than this law. They ARE qualified if they are competent.

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