It isn't that the children are smarter, but rather they have been exposed to a curriculum that is tailored to their specific needs and desires.
They are not in a large class where a teacher must teach to the middle, leaving the advanced students wanting more and the slower students confused.
The average home school child, by my observation attends school 3-4 hours a day and still surpasses traditionally schooled kids (Public and private / parochial). There is plenty of time left over for kids to be kids.
I was once told that if a kid doesn't have time to kick a can down the road, his life to too full and busy, he cannot even be a kid. A child needs quiet time, to think, to explore, to imagine, unstructured at times, just him and his own thoughts......
And there is no such thing as "Homework" in home school. You work on a subject until it is finished in home school.
When I return home from work at night, I have my kids, I don't lose them to 2-3 hours of home work......When do fathers ever get to spend time with their kids when I am told that most kids have a lease 2 hours of home work a night.
How can a Father have any influence on his kids if He never spends time with them?
Making an educational decision for ones child is probably one of the most important decisions a parent can make, and should never be taken lightly. When we considered making the change to home school, we discerned for some time and included a spiritual director, spoke to many parents, teachers, and priests.
Making a decision to home school a child is a commitment of love and dedication beyond what most parents are willing to give.
Most Home School families that I am aware of, not all, but most, are not isolationists, but rather have more external positive relationships, with a wider range of people, than most traditionally schooled families.
The times are changing in some respect, and some of us need to be committed to standing solidly for our catholic faith and catholic values, at times fighting against cultural norms that have been decaying our society for sometime, and be a positive change in this community and this world.
It takes courage and faith to swim against the current, a feeling probably not unlike what the early disciples and apostles must have felt.
For us, our current life style is our way of being the yeast, the yeast that is allowed to permeate so much of our community, the yeast that will hopefully make a change.
We are allowed to be Catholic, not just at home, or at church, but catholic in everything that we do, without limitations and restrictions.
Our family through church, youth groups, city sports programs, community and neighborhood relationships, and travel to other countries, definitely gives us more access to the marginalized people of the world than most other families.
Just because we are stepping out of the box in regards to our approach to raising our children, and our approach doesn't look like yours, or doesn't conform to what you think you are comfortable with, doesn't mean that your way is superior and our inferior. I could probably effectively argue the different, but that is not the point.
"The family is the school of love."
Pope John Paul II
"Today more than ever, the Christian family has a very noble mission." Pope Benedict XVI St. Francis of Assisi --------------- I only have a few years with my children to raise them to the best of my ability. I do not take that task, the obligation lighltly. With the love, dedication, and guidance that wife guides and teaches them, we will do our best to prepare children to not just conform to our culture and society, but rather to be the leaders and the examples of what God is calling us to be.......
"Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
Pope Benedict XVI
St. Francis of Assisi
I only have a few years with my children to raise them to the best of my ability. I do not take that task, the obligation lighltly. With the love, dedication, and guidance that wife guides and teaches them, we will do our best to prepare children to not just conform to our culture and society, but rather to be the leaders and the examples of what God is calling us to be.......