I am saddened by the negative comments about homeschooling. Clearly, the authors of those views have a very narrow perspective that is colored by their own personal prejudice. I have a couple of anecdotes to share regarding "qualifications" of teachers:
I was helping a friend of mine study to pass teacher certification testing. This friend had been teaching in the public school system, but she was not familiar with the test and I wanted her to pass. I thought the cert test was kind of easy, so out of curiosity I gave it to my 11 year old (homeschooled) daughter. She aced it. Guess what? My 11 year old is "qualified" to teach your child.
My 15 year old was taking higher math at the local community college. He got a job there as a tutor, teaching college students how to do college level math. I guess that is because I homeschooled him. That means my 15 year old is "qualified" to teach your college student.
A girl from Ireland wanted to "socialize" with other high school students. They bullied her to death. Guess what? My (homeschooled) kids are polite, kind, and would never dream of tormenting a peer. I guess that is because they haven't been "socialized" with evil monsters. Have you ever read "Lord of the Flies?" Well, there is your typical public school socialization. Oh, and if you don't wear Abercrombie, you might as well just go home.
So, yeah, I am unqualified. NOT.
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