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Question: What Do You Think Of Home Schooling?

Many East End parents choose to teach their own kids.

Across the East End, there are a number of students that are learning to read and write while sitting at kitchen tables as opposed to a desk in a classroom. Their teachers are their parents.

Home schooling parents are close knit on the East End, providing support to each  other on a daily basis.  They text, email and Facebook about the challenges and advantages of being home-schoolers.

One Facebook page dedicated to East Hampton parents, who home school their children, provides parents with resources and connections.

Patch wants to know: What do you think about home schooling? What do you think are the advantages and drawbacks?

Feel free to comment below.

christine January 12, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I know a bunch of homeschooled children on Long Island and they are very well-behaved, social, smart & talented. I give their parents a lot of credit.
Tommy Bob January 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I thdidnk homre schoolloinng is wonderfojsl ! Thaqtds wheere I lenrrd to tipe!
forward thinking January 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM
My Only Question Is The Interaction Of The Home Schooled When It Comes Time To Go Into The Real World Rather Than The "Protected" World Of The Home. Also The Age When Free Choice Is Earned And Should Be Experienced Is Hampered By The "Protective" Educator. In The School Environment The Student Is Exposed To All The Social Norms Both Injunctive And Behavioral. In Some Cases Even "Private" School Children Are In For A "Shock" When They Go To College. They Go From A Somewhat Rigid Academic To A "At Free Will" Learning Experience.
Preliator January 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Home schooling is a fine alternative to the test-factory our public schools have turned into where our children are trained, not educated.
Hamptongal January 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I can see both sides of home schooling. I can see the parents side, and an educators side. I do know the district the child resides in is responsible for the child's education.Home schooled students, are to be regularly tested at the school. with their class on any state tests that the school is giving.Other wise how it it determined that these students are learning? What would be the difference between that and truancy? The local schools are negligent on doing this!!
Gail Simons January 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I agree. Alternative schools can also be a good answer to the public system for this reason (IMO). I think the key is finding the right fit for each individual. The public system churns out sheeple. Parents need to be informed and on top of that. I would home school if I were able to focus all of my time on that task. I think it requires an immense amount of dedication.
Danae January 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
In regards to forward thinking: I homeschool bc I want my children to have morals and to be taught what I want them to know. I myself was homeschooled but I was also in public school. I don't think that I had any problem adapting to the "real" world. I've had jobs, went to college and am now married with 2 children. I think it all depends on the parenting/teaching. That's why there are homeschool groups. There are field trips and different things to get involved in. For me it comes down to wanting my children to know right from wrong and hey just don't get that nowadays in school.
Jen Eager January 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I find it fascinating that people still bring up "socialization" in regards to homeschooling! Traditional school hardly represents socialization, where kids are put into a room with others of the same age and background. They don't interact with older children, who see them as inferiors, and they do exactly the same to younger kids. They spend the day being told what to do and when to do it, having creativity and individuality systematically wrung out of them. With news of bullying and the complaining parents do about kids, it's more than a little ironic that the same parents moan about homeschoolers' lack of social skills. Yet, every time we go to museums, theaters and educational programs, my kids are praised by the educators, who often confide that they love having homeschoolers because they are interested in learning, can hold conversations and ask thoughtful questions. We are always told that homeschoolers are less disruptive than school groups, and because they can do their required subjects in a fraction of the traditional school day, they have time to develop interests, volunteer, and participate in any number of extracurricular activities. I don't think it's any coincidence that colleges accept homeschoolers at a far higher percentage than traditionally schooled children, or that their standardized test scores are significantly higher, either. Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but if you can do it, there's no doubt in my mind that it's superior.
Teresa L January 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
That is a wrong statement. i.e.... "I do know the district the child resides in is responsible for the child's education.Home schooled students, are to be regularly tested at the school. with their class on any state tests that the school is giving.".... The district is NOT responsible for the child's education... The Parents Are... Homeschooled students are NOT required to be tested at the school. The school has nothing to do with homeschool students education... only collecting the lawful paperwork. Home School Statute: N.Y. Educ. Law § 3204(1). A child “may attend a public school or elsewhere.” N.Y. Educ. Law § 3204(2). Instruction given to a minor “elsewhere” must be “at least substantially equivalent to the instruction given to minors of like age or attainments at the public schools.” Using this statute as its authority, the state board of education, in 1988, enacted home school regulations. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.10.
Teresa L January 14, 2012 at 01:24 AM
reply page 2... 1. These home school regulations require parents to do the following: a. submit a notice of intent to home school to the district superintendent by July 1 (the beginning of the school year) annually, or within fourteen days of starting home schooling during the middle of a school year. b. subsequently, fill out an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form by August 15th or within four weeks of the receipt of the IHIP form from the school district (whichever is later), containing (1) the child’s name, age, and grade level; (2) a list of the syllabi, curriculum materials, textbooks, or a plan of instruction; (3) dates for submission of quarterly reports; and (4) name of the persons giving instruction. If a student will be meeting the compulsory educational requirements through full-time study at a degree-granting institution (at least 12 hours a semester) a statement indicating this must be included in the IHIP along with the subjects to be covered. c. maintain records of attendance (180 days). These are only required to be submitted upon request of the superintendent. d. file quarterly reports giving (1) the number of hours of instruction during quarter, (2) adescription of the material covered in each subject, and (3) a grade or narrative evaluation in eachsubject (the superintendent has no authority to judge the adequacy of these reports);
Teresa L January 14, 2012 at 01:24 AM
reply page 3 e. file an annual assessment with the last quarterly report. The assessment can either be a norm referenced achievement test, or a written narrative evaluation. The achievement test can be administered by a certified teacher or by another “qualified person.” A certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person can conduct the written narrative evaluation. A parent could potentially administer the achievement test or conduct the written narrative evaluation. However, unless the assessment is administered at the local public school or a registered nonpublic school the parent is to choose the individual “with the consent of the superintendent.” We suggest simply notifying the superintendent of your choice in the third quarterly report. For grades one through three, the written narrative evaluation may be used. In grades four through eight, the written narrative evaluation may be used every other year. Beginning with ninth grade, standardized testing must be done every year. 2. In the Matter of Dixon, No. N-37-86, Family Court of Oswego County, Nov. 21, 1988, the court held home visits to be unconstitutional and unenforceable. The court stated that the school district’s “desired on-site inspection was arbitrary, unreasonable, unwarranted, and violative of the [home school parents’] due process rights....” Slip. Op. at 5. See also In the Matter of Standish, No. N-125-86, Oswego County, Dec. 23, 1988
Teresa L January 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Reply page 4 Teacher Qualifications: Instruction need only be given by a competent teacher. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3204 The parent does not need to be certified. In re Franz, 55 A.D. 2d 424, 427, and 390 NYS 2d 940 (1977). A parent is deemed “competent” if the regulations above are followed. Standardized Tests: The parent can choose one of the following: the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the California Achievement Test, the Stanford Achievement Test, the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, the Metropolitan Achievement Test, a State Education Department test, or another test approved by the State Education Department (such as the PASS test) and have it administered at a place of the parents’ choosing. The test score is deemed to be adequate if the child’s composite score is above the 33rd percentile, or the child’s score reflects one academic year of growth compared to a test administered the prior school year. A standardized test is required every other year between 4th through 8th grades and every year in high school. (New York’s PEP test is not required for home school children).
Teresa L January 14, 2012 at 01:26 AM
http://www.hslda.org/ look up this site to learn more!
forward thinking January 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM
while i agree totally homeschoolers' are much more "in tune" to the intelectual side of the world, i must "take issue" that they are exposed to the riggors of the world as it exists. as in society i think homeschoolers are in the upper pecking order of society and if the same ambient were available to the inner city group they too would much more "acceptable". homeschooling requires "home-money" in todays rough economy two have to work. in traditional schools there is a better cross section of "middle america" in which most students fall - homeschoolers and pvt. schoolers are in the upper echelon of society. like computers "quality in - quality out".
forward thinking January 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
trt this link - amazing - http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/famoushomeschoolers.htm
Dawn Betke January 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Forward thinking, in regards to homeschooling requires "home-money" I can not disagree more with that statement. I am a single mom, I managed to homeschool my daughter successfully for 4+ years with little or no cost. Depending on the district they will allow books to be borrowed from a Boces textbook center, as they should since even though our children are not enrolled in school are tax dollars still are. You are able to order what ever texts you choose from Boces. There is also the world wide web, and don't forget the library and inter library loans. Also in regards to the "riggors of the world" do you not think being exposed to 600+ of your peers on a daily basis in today's society is not hard? With all the bullying and teasing making the news daily I hardly think homeschooling is more riggors, in fact I think it is just the opposite.
Dawn Betke January 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
sorry more *rigorous
forward thinking January 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
i did not mean money to home school - i was unclear it takes income to live a life (rent, food, etc….)with enough freedom to home school. Actually home schooling is far better than traditional schooling provided the person home schooling is qualified. the point of traditional education in my "rigors" example is the cut throat world after all education is over. the competition is over when a person is tenured in the municipal work place. But in the social meeting places and the “employment at free will” environments school bullying is nothing (child’s play).
concerned east ender January 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
My grandchildren are being home schooled. At first, I was understandably skeptical. It seemed like such a radical change. I can now honestly say that the change in them has been substantial. They are happy, enthusiastic, intellectually curious (using critical thinking skills) and easily participate and interact with others in a healthy way. Because they spend less time at a "school," they have time in their day to play sports, take dance, knitting, pottery and other classes of interest. They even have time to daydream! Books they need are available at the library and socializing with other homeschoolers of all ages keeps them active. (I was surprised at the huge network of homeschool families.) This will be their second year of homeschooling and I am amazed and impressed at the difference it has made in their little lives. When then come to visit, they actually pull books out of their backpacks to read as i cook dinner. Most other kids at this age have their faces in some electronic device or other.
Teresa L January 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Re: Forward Thinking Teacher Qualifications: Instruction need only be given by a competent teacher. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3204 The parent does not need to be certified. In re Franz, 55 A.D. 2d 424, 427, and 390 NYS 2d 940 (1977). A parent is deemed “competent” if the regulations set forth are followed. A parent does not need to be 'qualified' by anything other than this law. They ARE qualified if they are competent.

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