I came across a blog post today about why preschools are not a good idea. Seems that putting children in an environment devoid of their parents--or at least a relative or dedicated care giver--for many hours a day negatively impacts their socialization and classroom skills.
That's right. The the original article says that "the more time kids spent in non-maternal care during the first 4.5 years of life, the more behavioral problems they developed." (emphasis in original text)
The next logical question--to me, at least--is: If this is true for those under the age of 5, why is it magically different at age 6 or 16?
This post and the original article present extremely powerful reasons to at least consider homeschooling. It presents several very good reasons why homeschooling allows for a better growth environment.
What blows my mind is that this article was written in 2006.
And, really, my own parents can attest to behavioral issues caused by "peer socialization." My older sister had a dramatic improvement when she came home after several years at a private Christian school. And a family at our church pulled their son out of school because he was getting far too disruptive and is doing much better now.
Homeschooling: It's better for your children.
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