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  • You are concerned about the school environment, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure?

    12 13.64%
  • You are dissatisfied with the academic instruction at other schools?

    19 21.59%
  • You prefer to teach (CHILD) at home so that you can provide religious or moral instruction?

    0 0%
  • (CHILD) has a physical or mental health problem that has lasted six months or more?

    5 5.68%
  • (CHILD) has a temporary illness that prevents (him/her) from going to school?

    0 0%
  • (CHILD) has other special needs that you feel the school canít or wonít meet?

    16 18.18%
  • You are interested in a nontraditional approach to childrenís education?

    20 22.73%
  • You have another reason for homeschooling your child?

    16 18.18%
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  1. #1

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    I'm doing some research for a blog entry I'm writing and I'd like to know what motivations secular homeschoolers have. I've been looking for specific information on this, but can't find any, so I hope you don't mind if I ask here. If anyone is interested, I'll explain why I'm asking this once I've received enough responses.

    Imagine you were being called to participate in a census and were asked the question below. What answer would you give, from the options provided? You can just state the applicable letter.

    What is your MAIN motivation for homeschooling?

    a. You are concerned about the school
    environment, such as safety, drugs, or
    negative peer pressure?

    b. You are dissatisfied with the academic
    instruction at other schools?

    c. You prefer to teach (CHILD) at home so
    that you can provide religious or moral
    instruction?

    d. (CHILD) has a physical or mental health
    problem that has lasted six months or more?

    e. (CHILD) has a temporary illness that
    prevents (him/her) from going to school?

    f. (CHILD) has other special needs that you
    feel the school canít or wonít meet?

    g. You are interested in a nontraditional
    approach to childrenís education?

    h. You have another reason for homeschooling
    your child?

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    Interested in a non-traditional approach to education. Also, I like having my kids around and I disliked handing them over to school for one of the most interesting parts of parenting - their education.

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    Didn't we have a poll on this last year or so?
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    I don't think we really have one reason for choosing this path. It's more of a confluence of events and reasons so I went with other...I couldn't pin it on just one thing as a driving force.
    DON'T PANIC

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    I had multiple reasons for removing my children but I chose (a).

    I spent countless hours volunteering in my children's classrooms in 2008-2009
    My then-4th grader was bored to tears which was my main reason, but I also was not happy with how the children in his class behaved - a lot of fooling around, mean girls in cliques, disrespectful behaviour, etc.
    My daughter was in the 2nd grade at the time and I started notising her becoming very teenager-ish. I realised many of the girls in her class were also behaving that way and she was following along to "fit in". I also notised smart girls were picked on and excluded. Mostly, I was angry that my concerns about her speech issues and reading/spelling struggles were being dismissed.
    My youngest was in Kindergarten and he couldn't cope with the bright lights, bright colours, loud teacher, noisy kids, and constant disruptions and noise in the school. I now realise he has some Asperger traits and sensory issues. Also, little boys in his class were rough and mean and that was a difficulty for him.

    Maybe I should have voted 'other' ...

  7. #6

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    It is hard to pick only one, as there are many reasons we homeschool. I picked b, but perhaps should have picked g, as a, b, and c apply equally. But then again, another reason we homeschool is that I prefer essays to multiple choice tests. Polls can be useful, but be careful about your conclusions when options are limited. Maybe if you had folks pick their top 3, or put all of them in order?

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    I agree with Bearbrook. Being able to choose more than one option would be very useful. Many of us have more than one reason for homeschooling, so just one choice isn't sufficient to come to an accurate result.

    With that said, although I have not actually made a choice, my choices would be a, b, g and h. And my "other reason" would be that I have always been an unschooler (although I was public schooled) and have unschooled my kids from birth. By the time they reach Kindergarten age, they are well above average in every aspect. I cannot think of any school (that I know of anyway) that would tailor my kids' education to their unique and specific needs. My son (who did attend public and private schools until 8th grade) was very unhappy, unchallenged and bullied because of his uniqueness. And my daughter, who is reading Harry Potter at 7, will NEVER step foot in a school.

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    Main reason is that our son's Asperger's was beginning to make him isolated from peers and we neither expected nor wanted the school to make special accommodations. He learns in ways that homeschooling can address much better than a traditional model.

    A secondary reason would be my absolute abhorrence of standardized testing and even letter grades. For a kid like him, those things won't accurately represent what he knows. I don't want him thinking he's less intelligent than he is because a Scantron machine says so.
    Dad (39) to 2 DSs Hurricane (aka Nathan, 11) and Tornado (aka Trevor, 7)
    He likes to think he knows what he's doing. Please don't burst his bubble by telling him otherwise...

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    MY son has high-functioning autism and the school environment, expectations, etc was not a good fit for him, or our family, for that matter.
    Batman--9, ASD, private school for now, afterschooling w/ R&S Math & Grammar, Memoria Lit., CHOW, Mr. Q Science
    Robin--7, PS and loving it, afterschooling history and science with brother.


    "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."-Mark Twain

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    Thanks for your responses, guys. I don't want to say why I'm asking in this way, for the time being, as this might make people look at the poll differently and skew the results (although it's not exactly scientific, but I had a hunch after reading something and want to see if my hunch is borne out). I had to ask for the main reason, not for more than one. If you already haven't, it's probably better to respond to the poll I created at the top of this page. It's probably easier.

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