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  • Yes. They should have a college degree.

    7 8.86%
  • No, but they should have at least attended college.

    2 2.53%
  • No, but they should be a high school graduate.

    29 36.71%
  • No, the parents educational level should not matter.

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    Default Weekly Poll: Should homeschooling parents have college degrees?

    Laura Brodie, PhD., has been blogging about her year of homeschooling for the magazine Psychology Today. In her last two posts, she has posed the question:

    Should homeschooling parents have college degrees?

    Not all states require that homeschooling parents do. Some require a high school graduation. Some don't specify any requirements for a parent's education. So what do YOU think??
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    I feel that a parents education has nothing to do with their ability to educate their children. I think most parents have their children best interest at heart.

    I am proof that even a high school drop out can successfully homeschool through high school. I didn't even enter the 9th grade. I did get my GED later, when the kids asked me. I have three graduates that are all in college now. My daughter is in nursing school, my sons both attending college while one is in the Navy, and the other in the Army. I am 3 for 3 despite my lack of education. I don't feel that they missed out on anything. We did a lot of learning together.

    Public school was a waste of time for me, I was an A student and bored to death. My father would have pulled me out and homeschooled if he had known what it was at the time. When my oldest was born, I told my father I wanted to homeschool and he was tearfully supportive ! He felt that the public school system had been failing our children for many years already. He is my biggest supporter to this day. I also want the government to stay completely out of my homeschool.

    Do I believe everyone should homeschool? NO ! Homeschooling takes a sincere desire and a ton of dedication. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart.

    (I also find it curious that of my mothers 31 grandchildren ( 5 of which are not old enough to graduate ), 7 graduated high school ( that is including my 3 ) and only 5 are in college. Although all of my other siblings have college degrees. Not really any statistics to be gained from it, it just makes me wonder sometimes.)
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    That's kind of a tough question, if you ask me... which you did

    Ideally, everyone who wants a college degree should have one. In the real world, however, that's not always a realistic expectation. As for homeschooling parents, I don't think it is a matter of what education they have as much as their willingness to learn. I would much rather see a relatively uneducated homeschooling parent work to give his child the best education and access to information than a complacent college degree holding parent who takes it for granted.

    I think that in either case, assuming that the parent is at the same level of motivation, the uneducated one will find it more challenging but not impossible. I would also think that if a parent was uneducated - not holding a high school diploma at the very least, then the process of homeschooling would prompt him to get his GED. It seems to me that the parent's education level will, in some way, impart the value of higher education to the child. I can also see how a parent who only had a high school diploma might place more value on higher education; how it might have benefitted their family and how they might push the child to go to college.

    I picked 'doesn't matter' because, again, I think attitude is more important than achievement, and because a high school diploma from public school in a world where athletes get passed just to play a game is not always a good measuring stick.
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    I have to agree with both Jana and Heather. I do have a college degree (in fact, I've attended in total six different universities and community colleges and have lots of certificates, diplomas and degrees), but most of the content is irrelevant to the content I'm teaching to my kids. A willingness to learn and a desire to facilitate the child's learning is more important than any formal education.

    And the studies speak for themselves-homeschoolers do better as an aggregate than their public schooled counterparts, regardless of the level of state regulation (which would include state requirements for parental education level). Since it does not appear to make any difference in results, there is no need to regulate that.
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    I don't think a college degree should be required. In fact, I don't think it would make homeschooling any easier or better. I've read countless posts by homeschooling moms who used to be public or private school teachers, saying that in order to homeschool effectively, they had to unlearn everythng they learned to get their degree. I've read posts by parents with degrees in various subjects, that say they prefer to use online curriculum, co-ops, etc for the subjects in which they have degrees.
    The bottom line is this - just because you know a lot about a subject, that doesn't mean that you'll be able to effectively teach it to someone else.
    Also, just because someone didn't pay to go to college & get a degree, that doesn't mean that they aren't intelligent, aren't capable of teaching, etc. Just because a person has a college degree, that doesn't mean that they are more intelligent or better at teaching/facillitating an education than someone without a degree. Hell, even if a person has 5 or 6 degrees, that doesn't mean they are more intelligent or a better teacher than someone with no formal education past high school.
    So, no I don't think we should be required to have a degree to be allowed to homeschool.

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    I'm not sure what I think. I've met some very intelligent high school dropouts, and I've met some very ignorant PhD's. That said, I do have a BA in psychology (that I didn't finish until a week before I turned 30) but I don't think it's really relevant to educating my children. My husband has a BS in mechanical engineering which also isn't really relevant to teaching elementary age kids. So... I don't know.
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    I read Laura Brodie's Book "Love in a Time of Homeschooling" and the feeling I got at the end of the book was that she did not REALLY enjoy homeschooling. I have issues with her becoming a spokesperson for homeschooling. She homeschooled for 1 year, constantly pointed out that she thought her daughter would have more/better socialization in public school. She is a proponent of short-term homeschooling, but not long-term in her book.

    As far as educational background, even she admits in her back that the things she wished she had done differently are all based on just knowing her daughter better. The things that were most successful in their school was child-led or participating in the community. Nothing to do with educational attainment.

    I have seen PhDs that should never have been allowed to reproduce, much less educate a child, and I have known people with no high school diploma that have taught themselves high-level mathematics and better read than most people. Truth is some families can and should homeschool and others shouldn't...and it has nothing to do with educational levels of the parents.

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    I voted for at least high school although I am not sure that that is really true either. Here is my thinking, if you have attended high school you theoretically can read and add. Those are the only two real reason I feel someone should have a high school diploma. Perhaps I am wrong but how could I teach my kids to read and add if I cannot do it myself? The other thing is that by high school, one can figure out how to find resources to cover subjects they cannot teach. Unfortunatley we have a high rate of illiteracy in my town. Most of those people don't have the resources or knowledge to find the resources available that would allow them to at least lead their child. College is irrelevant, one who attended college isn't necessarily smarter than one who didn't. I never finished college while my husband has 2 degrees. He rarely studies anything and bases his "knowledge" on his opinions. I take the time to research and educate before I open my mouth (well most times anyway lol).
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    As an autodidact, I made a conscious choice not to attend college, but I never stopped learning. I don't think my lack of a degree will harm my son.
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    I don't think there should be a degree requirement.

    I think there is a lot of overlap between the skills required to be a good parent, and the skills required to be a good homeschooling parent.

    But I don’t often hear people arguing that you should have a degree before you should be allowed to have children. I imagine the argument would be similar, and would be equally disturbing.

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