View Poll Results: Why did you decide to homeschool?

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  • Because of a health issue with one or more children.

    10 8.62%
  • Because of a learning issue with one or more children. (Gifted/LD)

    52 44.83%
  • Because our local school options are not acceptable to us.

    47 40.52%
  • Because of philosophical reasons.

    37 31.90%
  • Because of religious/faith-based reasons.

    5 4.31%
  • Because we wanted to stay connected as a family.

    35 30.17%
  • Because one or more children were very unhappy in school.

    30 25.86%
  • Other

    22 18.97%
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    Default Weekly Poll: Why did you decide to homeschool?

    It is always fun to get responses to this week's poll question. The answers come up all over our forums in different ways, but let's make it "official" this week. Obviously, I can't list every reason a family might choose to homeschool their child, but I'll get as many as I can in there. And feel free to choose more than one if it applies!!
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    Geez that was a lot of options to check off LOL.

    Medical reason: asthma, allergies. Gifted kids, schools here suck, my kids have never fit a mold, and I love the way they get along.

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    I checked learning issue (gifted), local school not acceptable, and child very unhappy. Now I'd add philosophical reasons and wanting to stay connected as a family, as well as religious reasons after having found out (after bringing him home) that they were forced to pray before lunch (so, anti-religious reasons maybe?).
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    We decided to homeschool just because we wanted to. I started preschool lessons with my daughter and we had so much fun that I asked my husband what he thought about homeschooling. He said that as long as he continued to see progress, he supported us So here we are 3 years later. Both of my children are very happy and content. My daughter is a free spirit and very artistic. I want to keep it that way and I feared that public school might hinder her creativity.

    In a nutshell, we homeschool because we can, because it works for us...and because it is fun

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    For me, homeschooling represents freedom to create an individual learning environment for my one and only kid. That's just so huge for me.
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    DS is in public school, but we enrich and expand at home

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    Ok, I chose:

    Learning issue - both kids are Gifted, both have ADHD, one has Bipolar
    School options not acceptable - our local schools are awful, even the Gifted program is a joke, there's no way they could accommodate kids like mine
    Child not happy - Dea was in the local district for Kinder. She was teased & phyiscally injured by her classmates for being different (apparently 5 year olds don't like it if a classmate has brains & a personality of their own). She was bored with the work & the teacher wasn't allowed to let her do more difficult work. She hated school.
    Other - By the end of her Kinder year, she had associated learning with School. Since she hated school, she decided she didn't want to learn anything. She had learned that being smart is a bad thing & was trying to hide her intelligence. It took years to undo this damage. The school did nothing about the bullying. They had a list in the office of people who were allowed to pick her up & a paper from the court saying that a certain person was not allowed on school property & they should call the cops if he showed up (and he was NOT allowed to even talk to Dea, much less pick her up), but they never bothered to check anyone's ID when someone showed up to pick her up. So, I didn't feel that my daughter was safe in their school.
    Plus, I felt that I could provide a better, more well-rounded education with higher standards & expectations.

    Those are the reasons we officially started homeschooling. However, after we started homeschooling, I realized that I had been homeschooling all along (except for my hospital stay during Dea's Kinder year), even when she was in PreK & (part of) Kinder.
    Last edited by Busygoddess; 08-26-2010 at 02:46 PM. Reason: fixing stupid typos

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    I chose bad schools, 1 kid..the prek child hated school and other.. Bully issues! And also wanting to keep us all connected. I have found we are all so much closer since homeschooling. The boys argue less. THere is less whining all around. There is just a difference, hard to explain.
    Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tomorrow?
    Brain: The same thing we do every day, Pinky - homeschool the kids to take over the world!

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    Learning, unhappy, and other. Sonny is profoundly gifted (150+ IQ) (the learning), public school just could not accommodate him, at a private school was a little better at keeping him challenged but their was the bullying issues (the unhappy), the "other" would contain lots of things like the 'social drama' of high school that he no longer has to endure as well as the fact that homeschooling allows us to travel (we are military over seas) as part of his education. Also in the "other" I can do a much better job of educating my son then "they" can!!!!!
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    I can't believe I forgot this, but back when DS was only 2 I started researching homeschooling, specifically because the draconian attendance policies bothered me on an almost primal level.

    Our district will take parents to truancy court and fine them for too many absences, and make no exceptions. My brother took his chances that my niece wouldn't get sick later in the year when he took her out for a week, unexcused, to attend her great grandfather's 90th birthday (how many more chances would she have had?). They used the flimsy excuse of "missing that time would harm her education" , but this was a straight A student who was working ahead anyway. Then they tried the "If we make an exception for you we have to make them for everybody" or whatever. It has nothing to do with educational harm and everything to do with money, obviously to me.

    I am legally and morally responsible for my kid. I should get to set the priorities. I really, really felt frustrated and angry by the mere possibility that I might have to fight for my own parental rights to do that someday.

    yeah, that probably makes me weird, but it was a big reason that homeschooling got put on the table in the first place
    Last edited by MamaB2C; 08-26-2010 at 03:42 PM.
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    DS is in public school, but we enrich and expand at home

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    MamaB2C: wow. That totally doesn't make you "weird", it makes you sane and rational! You know, when DS was in ps I had no regard at all for attendance. We took him on trips, either back home or camping or to Boston just because we felt like going or whatever. His teachers would make snide remarks but I didn't think much of it. I didn't even realize that they are actually serious about thinking that kids learn more in school than on family trips! LOL! Yours is a truly scary story; I would have pulled my son for that reason too if I had realized they were serious.
    Last edited by hockeymom; 08-26-2010 at 04:22 PM. Reason: having a hard time typing correctly...
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