Thursday, April 05, 2012

Guest post

Near the end of March a person named Dana Le Roy sent me an email asking to do a guest post:

I would like to see whether you'd be open for guest contributions. I am looking to write about something related to unschooling and thought that the topics I had in mind may go well with your blog.

I was thinking about the following subjects:

1. What are the benefits of unschooling?
2. How to begin unschooling?
3. Difference of homeschooling and unschooling

Apparently, there's a service which would like you to hire them to do regular guest posts and to gain your interest the first one's free. I've had that experience before. (wink)

So, here's the post I got based on the email quote above. I'll post it with no additional commentary. Feel free to leave your comments, however.

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7 Benefits of Homeschooling Your Children

More and more parents are homeschooling their kids today, and for lots of different reasons. For some parents, the fact that public and private schools are filled with children who are behaving badly is a huge turnoff. Parents don't want their child to be sucked into that environment. Others complain that public school is too insular – kids aren’t learning enough about the world and how it got to be the way it is. There’s not as much of a focus on diversity or tolerance. Whatever the reason, homeschooling is becoming very much en vogue. It used to be that parents had to teach their child themselves, but this is not the case anymore. The internet has allowed parents to home school online, but still get the benefits of educational pedagogy. This advanced technology makes home schooling more enticing than ever before, plus there are still many benefits to homeschooling that have always rung true. Here are a few!

1) The Environment

What a student gets out of their education is what they put in. Focusing their efforts in a private or public school environment will not work if there are negative influences and/or other problems. Home school is the environment they are most comfortable in, so a child can relax and concentrate on their education with a clear head. Furthermore, there’s no competition with other children or mean-spirited peers.

2) Student-to-Teacher Ratio

Public and private schools have one teacher with tons of students in one classroom. That means less one-on-one time with the teacher, which makes a child feel left behind. With homeschooling, the teacher has less people to teach. This means that more time is spent on each student, which helps children understand the material better. With the help of parents, any child can excel in this environment.

3) Customized Education

Public and private schools have one way of learning. Some people get it, others get left behind. Everyone learns differently and at their own pace. Homeschooling takes this into account and makes sure that their programs are made for every child to succeed. Homeschooling allows you to concentrate on your child's strengths and get special assistance for weaknesses. A child can also decide if they want to learn in the morning, afternoon or night, which can help if you have to work too.

4) Emotional Pressure

In addition to learning, students in regular schools have the added pressure of ‘fitting in’. In all schools, there is a social hierarchy that students create (i.e., popular kids, jocks, geeks, outsiders). Home schooling takes children away from this stressful environment and helps them to concentrate on what is important--their education.

5) Peer Pressure

The wrong crowd at school can convince a child to do things they would not normally do just to fit in, such asdrinking, smoking, doing drugs and skipping school, whichsway people from their educational goals. Homeschooling brings no such pressure, because their environment is in the comforts of home. It is the parents' responsibility, however, to teach them right from wrong.

6) Bonding

Parents and children can spend quality time together when learning. This is so great, because public school often makes interacting with your children impossible.Thanks to home schooling, parents and children have time to get to know each other on a deeper level, because you can share setbacks, struggles & intellectual interests.

7) Insularity

The biggest drawback to homeschooling is that your student will likely miss out on socializing with people who are different from them at school. This is a serious problem, but you can go above and beyond and ensure that your kid not only interacts with people who are different from them outside of the house, but also of different ages. Regular schools can’t provide this, because students there only interact with people their age. If you play it right, your children will know how to talk and behave around others their age, younger children, teens, adults and senior citizens.

Camilla Ford likes to write about education, saving money & visiting

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  1. Hmm. Frank, I'd love to hear your thoughts at some point. I'm sure I'll get a laugh... but this is about homeschooling and someone's idea of homeschooling that probably has never homeschooled. These are ideas that have been regurgitated again and again. Nothing new here and most I don't agree with one way or another. Even friends who are homeschoolers and not unschoolers will definitely disagree with the socializing issue. Do people really view homeschoolers as sitting at home doing their worksheets and never interacting with people? We get out more in the world than any schooled children I know and my kids can and do talk to other people (even adults) better than their schooled peers. They have no stigmatism attached to them that says they shouldn't talk to someone unless that person is in their age group... I could go on and on but we have guests coming over today to make hula hoops, swords, jump on the trampoline, discuss raising chickens and probably many other things. Of course we'll have to come up with a new name for that because we unschool so therefore we don't socialize...

  2. interesting experiment...

    it seems like a fairly generic post about the benefits of homeschooling. while i agree with *some* of those reasons, it doesn't say anything that hasn't been said a gazillion times before ~ it's like homeschooling 101.

    i might be projecting my own views here, but i get the feeling that you and your family are more about LIFE as learning and the life philosophies and benefits of UNschooling, so it's not really about "education" itself as a goal, yet "education" can't NOT happen during the course of living a life with diverse experiences and opportunities. and my goodness ~ your family seems to have created so many unique and wonderful LIFE opportunities and experiences!

    i don't know if the intent of paid guest bloggers is to share their own views that (supposedly) complement your views, or if their role is to help represent and present your views. the post *might* accomplish the former, yet doesn't seem to touch the latter ~ there's nothing about the unschooling philosophies, the reasons and benefits of interacting with our kids in ways that mostly treat them as if they are the experts about themselves, the LIFE learning aspects, and how and why those philosophies make kind and logical sense. there's also style ~ while many homeschooling and unschooling blogs convey valuable stories, ideas, philosophies, and examples, yours is uniquely colorful. in a good way. no one can match the color and life you breathe and type into your posts.

    while it's interesting as an experiment, i don't see it as a likely risk that you'd hire bloggers. i'm glad that's not likely. if this is representative of guest bloggers' posts, the real essence and color would be gone.

  3. Oh no, Frank! Our children are missing out on the benefits of educational pedagogy! :O

    This writer spent too much time in high school writing essays using 3X5 note cards and following the proper outline.

  4. Not exactly what she advertised, is it? She's trying to sell this bull???

  5. That is the blandest, most boring thing I've ever read about homeschooling. I think it may have been written by a robot. Why would anyone pay actual money to put something like that on their blog? :-/

  6. The way I see it is this - school is in the middle - the mainstream if you like - off that stream to the west is the tributary of homeschooling and to the east flows unschooling - you can't use the two terms interchangeably like this because they are not the same thing and to do so suggests a lack of understanding.

    A wise mother is our local group (West Sussex, England) says there are as many reasons to home educate (the blanket term we use in the UK) as there are home educated children. This guest post rather misses that.

    Personally I prefer to read blogs about real families and how they have overcome some of the issues raised or perhaps decided they weren't issues for their family after all.

    I find the terms learning, education, teaching and school are often used interchangeably when they are not really the same thing in my opinion at all

  7. Just read another blog post about these so-called guest posters and thought I'd share it here as it explains how the scam works: Apparently the important part is the random link to an unrelated website such as the insurance site mentioned by "Camilla" above. If you remove that link I bet "Camilla" will start bugging you about it!