Common Objections to Homeschooling
People, especially educators, who hear me talk about homeschooling, raise certain objections so often that it
is worth answering them here.
- Since people are from so many different kinds of
backgrounds, don't we need some kind of social glue?
- Children in school are able to meet many children very
different from themselves. If they didn't go to school, how would this happen?
- How are we going to prevent parents with narrow and bigoted ideas from passing these
on to their children?
- If you don't send your children to school, how are they going to learn to fit into a
- If you don't send children to school, how are they going to be exposed to any values
other than the commercial values of a mass society?
- If children are taught at home, won't they miss the valuable social life of the
- How are we going to prevent children being taught by "unqualified" teachers?
- How am I going to teach my child six hours a day?
- How are children going to learn what they need to know?
- to 17. A few more short questions and answers
Originally published as Chapter 2,
Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path for Education. New York: Delacorte Press, 1981. Excerpted and reprinted with permission of Holt Associates, copyright 1997. Reprinting of any part of this chapter is allowed only by the express written permission of
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