I’ve been reading an interesting post over at Pioneer Woman Homeschooling. Every week they post a Community Question. It might be about curriculum, or methods, or record keeping. This week’s question is: Are you happy you were homeschooled? A question that every homeschooling family wonders about. Will my kids be happy with this decision? Will they feel they’ve received a good education?
There are many comments to read through. A common theme seems to be that it depends on the parent and their style of homeschooling. One commenter says that if the parent is organised, involved, consistent and not overbearing, overly critical or overprotective then the child most often loves the homeschooling experience. I agree with this (in all my homeschooling expertise of having just one child who is school-age and still so young!). It really depends on the family’s commitment to homeschooling and the home environment.
The results of this community question would be skewed, of course, people who are not happy they were homeschooled are less likely to be reading and commenting on a homeschooling blog. Some describe siblings that were unhappy with it while they themselves were happy, leading many to comment about personality differences in relation to homeschooling.
One of the early comments is from someone who was homeschooled but is ambivalent toward the whole thing and unsure if she will homeschool her own children. There was one detailed comment that talks about why it worked for their family- she feels her personality was well-suited to it and that homeschooling has to be a “serious endeavour.” So true, it’s not to be taken lightly.
Click on over to take a look.
ETA: I had comment numbers in this post so that you could find the specific comments I refer to but it seems the comment numbers have changed…and the number of comments have doubled since I first looked at it.