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    Home School vs Public School

    Should Ice skaters be home schooled or attend public school?

    Someone said they thought it was better to have one, so I thought let's see what the general consensus is.

    For some I don't see how it is possible not to go the Home school rout. ie. travel and such. Or a limited attendance. Also I think some might decide on this for safety reasons anymore. Well that and spending time with their child.

    Anyway what are your thoughts on what is best for skaters or even in general?
    Last edited by SeaniBu; 11-11-2006 at 12:56 PM.

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    Keeper of Bab's Death Stare... nubka's Avatar
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    I voted for home school, because I homeschool my 15 year old daughter!

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    For regular kids, I would say public school. But for someone who is at a world-class level in sport, I think homeschooling or something similar is probably the easier way to go, with all the travel and training.

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    I'm against home-schooling. Kids have to be together, study, learn and play together!

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    umm...i'm homeschooled and have been for a very long time...and i am with kids my own age alot.. so i'm going to have to disagree. I go to a private school one day a week and learn about chemistry, history. We do debates, plays, christmas programs...
    I know not every homeschooling does what my family does, but there are a lot of homeschoolers that are not secluded.
    Last edited by luvsasha; 11-11-2006 at 07:54 PM.

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    Home school. They can meet other kids at the rink (at least that's how it works around here.)

    And I would have said "day school" or something like that rather than "public school." If I ever have children, if I decide not to homeschool, I would send them to private and/or parochial school. I went to public school and I'm not subjecting any kid to that.

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    I'm moving this thread to the Voting Booth folder. When you put polls in the Edge, Cafe, etc., that causes a slight problem because every time someone votes, that sends the thread up to the top. If there are many threads with polls, that pushes all the other topics down and eventually off the first page altogether.

    MM

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    Sorry, I thought the Voting Booth was only for Skating related voting. Don't know why I thought that.
    Last edited by SeaniBu; 11-11-2006 at 11:10 PM.

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    Public schools all the way for everyone. IMO people who think public schools are not good enough for their little princes/princesses should their time and energy into helping make public schools better for everyone. Children grow up and have to function in a public world mommy and daddy can't protect them from real life forever.

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    Homeschool. If they want to be at the top, they have a fighting chance to do that and still have good grades.

    I would have loved to have been homeschooled. Especially with an anxiety disorder! I would've been more concentrated on my work, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzarinaAnya View Post
    Homeschool. If they want to be at the top, they have a fighting chance to do that and still have good grades.

    I would have loved to have been homeschooled. Especially with an anxiety disorder! I would've been more concentrated on my work, that's for sure.
    And why would someone not have a chance to be at the top and have good grades in public schools? You have to live, work, and compete in the real world, not a sheltered home environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piel View Post
    Public schools all the way for everyone. IMO people who think public schools are not good enough for their little princes/princesses should their time and energy into helping make public schools better for everyone. Children grow up and have to function in a public world mommy and daddy can't protect them from real life forever.
    Mommy and daddy didn't protect me from anything by home schooling me, but having a science teacher that didn't teach squat (oh wait, I did learn that according to researchers 'black' labs were the most intelligent creatures on the earth, and that snow machiening proves you're an Alaskan... oh and that my dad is a jerk.... yeah learned a great deal from Hobart's 9th Grade Science) , and a principal who thought 'sex education' meant teaching all the wonderful sexual positions one's body can get into proved that sometimes public school isn't the best option...

    for me, it didn't work as well as it probably could have, but pulling me out after 10 years of public school was a difficult adjustment...

    I don't knock the system, but I don't think it's for everyone... homeschooling has this phobia surrounding it that it's just for the super strict super structure super weird... but it's not... it's just a choice. Some kids do better at home than they do at school and still become successful people away from mommy and daddy...

    on the opposite side some of the biggest babies in the world were in public school...

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    I think it depends on the parents. Since we're talking "skater education" here, basically, can you imagine LaVonna Harding, Pat Lipinski, or Jana Bobek HOMESCHOOLING???????

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    You know, I think I'd vote for a combo of the two... Most elite skaters are extremely driven and Type A... the work ethic it takes to compete at that level is crazy insane... It would seem to me that maybe a half day set up would work as a balance...

    As for home-schooling in general, I think it just depends on the child, the parents and the community support network. I loved school, even middle school and while it wasn't always sunshine & roses, I enjoyed interacting with my peers, working on extra curricular activities, participating in sports and of course giggling with my friends over cute boys. I also learned to ignore stupid teachers and hold my own with mean girls and stupid boys. I'm not sure if I would've been this equipped to deal with life if I'd been totally focused on a sport or spending that much time with my mom.... whether it was educational or not. (shrugs...)

    Watching my social-director, soccer playing son, I know that home schooling would never work for him... He can't stand to be apart from the action. As he grows up, if school became an issue with his soccer playing, I think I err on the side of overscheduling and overstimulation... My goal is to raise a well adjusted, intellegent and confident young man ready for real life... not necessarily the next Thierry Henry. But if by chance the young menace does grow up to become an elite athlete, I'd be nervous to communicate the message that school can wait and winning is everything... But that's just me and what works for my family wouldn't work for everybody else's....

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    What exactly is the reason for home schooling for hopeful elite athletes? Is it that regular school takes too much valuable time away from what's really important? Is it because you can't train your sport 10 hours a day and have any time left over for school?

    If home schooling is schooling at all, doesn't it take just as much time away from your busy schedule as school schooling? Is home schooling just another name for no schooling?

    Is your son or daughter that one person in a million who really is going to play in the NBA one day, and so doesn't have to know anything? Or is he one of the 999,999 who turn out to be just pretty good?

    If you are the student/athlete, does your mom really know as much about chemistry as your chemistry teacher? As much about algebra as your algebra teacher? As much about French literature as your French literature teacher? Do you know enough about these subjects to teach yourself?

    You only have one shot at getting an education. I think it's a slippery slope to leave it in the hands of well-meaning amateurs like your big sister.

    JMO.

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