Myth number 5: Homeschooling cannot work because our parents are not teachers and they don't lecture us or grade our work
We use the Robinson curriculum, which in a nutshell, has the child do the majority of the schoolwork after age thirteen, when he has mastered the fundamentals of reading, writing and math, and is also more responsible. Thus the children learn to be self-taught and gain a wonderful character trait the will help them for the rest of their lives. One does not need to be lectured to learn something, one could just read the perfectly understandable book on the subject and save Mom some time. We do not require our work to be graded, because if we fail we try again until the problem is conquered. Another wonderful character trait.
6 We are blind to "the truth"
I find that this sentence is used often by the people I come across online when they disagree with me. They never state what they believe to be "the truth" and it only comes across as an annoying and desperate You'd-better-believe-what-I'm-telling-you statement of no value. This is a poor way to debate and I have low toleration for people who think that they have the ultimate "truth".
7 We cannot think and decide for ourselves
I disagree(Then again, who wouldn't?). One of our goals through home schooling is to teach the student to think for themselves. I would like to say that I am level-headed and clear-thinking, but perhaps that would be too arrogant. Suffice it to say that here at our house we put a great deal of value in the ability to think outside of the box.
8 We are ultimately sheltered from "the real world" and would fail if we were released into it.
What is the real world? Many people seem to associate this sentence-"the real world"-with harsh experiences one has alone in the big city. Well, not everyone lives in the big city, so that is not the real world for many, many people. If I don't live in a real world, what am I living in? And if you will admit that I am living in a real world, does the fact that I am not failing mean anything to you?
9 we never socialize with our age group or any people outside of our family
Not true. We socialize often with members of our fitness center and town, and our local home school group, besides the international students we meet because of Dad's job, and also the members of our church. Because of the age and school-related segregation in our culture today, it is somewhat hard to get to know public schoolers of our own age. But because of our close family, we children have no need to have "best friend" relationships outside of our home, and we know that it is not necessary to have friends of only our age. We can relate quite well to people older or younger than ourselves, an invaluable lesson not taught at public school.