Myth 1: They won't learn the needed social skills if I teach my children at home.
Fact: To the contrary, most home-schooled children learn healthy social skills from parents and Christian friends, not from peers with contrary values. Studies have shown that home-schooled children surpass their peers in public schools "in adaptability, cohesion, social adjustment, maturity, and leadership; and score lower levels in aggressive behavior, loudness, and competitiveness. Home-schooled children tend to go on to occupations which are more entrepreneurial and professional. They tend to be more independently minded...(and) more family oriented".
In most public schools, children are socialized by their friends and classmates. Their values are formed through the "critical thinking" strategies used in classrooms from coast to coast to free students from traditional moral absolutes so they can "create their own" values. These tend to reflect the rampant amorality spread by popular movies, books, and television.
Myth 2: I'm not qualified to teach! I don't have a degree.
Fact: Is you can read, you can teach. The broad range of curricula and correspondence courses currently available make it easy to design a program that meets your family's needs and interests.
The vast majority of home school teachers are mos with only a high school education or less, Studies show that there is no discernible difference in results between homeschool parents who have a high school education and those who have a masters or Ph.D. degree. As far as home school results go, a 1997 study by National Home Education Research Institute "shows that home education is far more successful than public education. Home-schooled students score significantly higher on standardized achievement tests than their public-schooled counterparts do. While by definition public school students average at the 50th percentile on standardized tests, this nationwide study...reveals that home schoolers have average scores between the 80th and 87th percentiles on every subset (including reading, listening, language, math, science, social studies, and study skills.)
As a home school teacher, you don't stand over your children and lecture them all day long. A good curriculum will walk them through the lessons and explain every step of the way. Children are taught how to teach themselves and how to learn. They usually don't need help every ten minutes and seldom have to ask "What does this mean?," or "How do I do that?"
Myth 3: My kids are going to a good school. Public schools may be changing in other parts of the country, but our school is different!
Fact: Your school may be trailing behind most others in implementing goals 2000, but eventually all schools must conform to the law of the land.
Socialization is a major part of Public school. Every textbook in every subject has been rewritten in the past few years. Soon your school, like all the others, must demonstrate that its students have learned the "higher order thinking skills,"have been trained to conform to the group consensus, and have embraced global values, most of which are the opposite of Christian principles. If the new student assessments fail to show the expected progress, your school will be punished. Teachers, principles, and school boards may be replaced, and your school would be forced to follow state guidelines based on national standards and international bench-marks in the end, all must conform.
Goals 2000, our massive education law, which follows the blueprint prepared by the UNESCO for its 1990 World Conference on Education for All, sets AD 2000 as the deadline for the system-wide transformation.