It's almost enough to make me sign up for the show!
I am a mother of four who homeschools my kids.This show is pissing me off that all the homeschooling families they show seem to feed the myth that it is bad for kids! I told hubby last night we should sign up just to show how well adjusted we are, (LOL) and he of course said NO WAY! Of course, they could find all things to edit to make us look bad, too! My house is not spotless, we don't eat gourmet well balanced meals all the time, we sleep in as long as we want (I have an 8 month old baby who still wakes up in the night) I am so happy I don't have to be anywhere in the morning at a specific time. It is less stressful for our family.
I have a master's degree in education and taught in public and private schools for 5 years. Now I am directing my energy towards educating my own children. We have a network of friends and activities that keep us active and involved. Our public school system sucks(my kids went there actually for two years), and we can't afford private because we are a one income family.
My kids are not sheltered or backwards. They are far ahead of most of their grade level friends. They are exposed actually to more varieties of setting than kids stuck in a classroom all day with only kids their age and roughly socioeconomic and racial make up. There are very few truly diverse schools, and believe me, the kids I taught at private school that were only exposed to a life of privelege are far less socialized than my kids. I challenge anyone here to describe a "real life" setting where you are only with people your own age, race, and economic level. As soon as you leave school and get a job, you need the ability to relate across age, race and other levels. In that way, school is a false sense of what society is. Also, in school, days are mapped out ad infinitum, and socialization only takes place when dictated by the administration. How is that like real life? My kids are only 7, but they are able to organize their day and time to make the most of it, and don't have to be told what to do and when to do it. They are responsible for themselves and I am there to direct and offer opportunities. I want them to be prepared for the real world, where they will be able to deal with people and get a job or run a house based on their own abilities, and not be little drones.