No pensé que me iría tan bien, ni que encontraría tantos académicos que eran padres homeschoolers. Lo divertido es que, por la naturaleza de esta red en dónde lancé la pregunta, la mayoría de estos académicos trabajan en lo mismo que yo. Jijiji, mal del gremio.
El siguiente padre tuvo una experiencia similar a la nuestra, sus hijos se educaron hasta 5to y 7to en el colegio y luego en la casa:
Our two youngest kids finished grades 5 & 7 in conventional (public) schools & then homeschooled until starting college. They both did quite well on academics, and they avoided a lot of the negative socialization that one runs into in high school. They maintained connections with earlier friends & also had part-time jobs, so they had no problems with socialization, and they were able to develop the kinds of study skills (more independent, more self-starting) that served them really well in college.
One of the best undergrads that I’ve worked with here at the Univ of Cincinnati was homeschooled for an even longer period.
We avoided the religious-homeschooling support networks, also the New-Age-homeschooling support networks. We benefitted from living in Kentucky, which has very liberal requirements for homeschoolers.
It worked out very well for us
Otro papá me cuenta que a su hija le ha ido re bien en su primer año cómo “freshmen” me escribe:
Speaking as father of homeschoolers, they do very well. My daughter is a
freshman and loves it. Her first semester she has a 3.8.
Statistically, homeschooled students actually do better on ACT and SAT
scores than the general population.
As far as socialization, students who are homeschooled usually do very well.
Often people assume that homeschoolers don’t have opportunities to
socialize, and are therefore awkward. Many families who homeschool are
involved in other environments, whether it be faith-based, homeschool co-op groups (where students might take other more advanced courses, and yes,socialize), or other organizations, such as scouting, etc..
In our own experience as a family, our kids have lots of opportunities to
socialize. The interesting thing is that they also actually interact very
well with adults, not just peers.
You will, of course, have those instances that may contradict the general
findings, but as a whole, I would say homeschooling works for those whom it works, and that for those for whom it works, the students do very well in
Una profesora me cuenta algo que requiere ojo de parte de los padres. Me dice que los hay quienes se adaptan muy bien, pero en su experiencia una de las dificultades es que algunos se “hiperespecializan” en un tópico y en el resto les cuesta mucho. Ese mismo tipo de estudiante presenta dificultades sociales. Se queja de la falta de investigación en el área pues le interesa el tema.
I have wondered if this same thing and have started collecting research on this topic myself. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of documentation available presently that I have been able to gather. However, based on my experience those with a homeschool background fall into one of two categories usually. (There are always the exceptions.) The first category is that they are well informed, flexible, social beings. These students do well and are a pleasure to have in class. The second is that they know one or maybe two areas well but anything else is a struggle for them. Unfortunately, these are also the ones who are more socially inept.
If you hear of any other research being done on this topic and wish to pass it along to me. It will be greatly appreciated.
Otro académico me contesta dudando de la adaptación de los homeschoolers a la universidad:
I’m replying off-list, as I don’t want to generate a firestorm.
I’ve had a few homeschooled students over the years – maybe more than I
realize, as I only know of the ones who have self-identified. In
general, they have outperformed their traditionally educated
counterparts academically, but have suffered in other areas. Some are
socially stunted, others have led sheltered lives and go a little wild
with that first breath of freedom.
Otro me contesta:
Homeschoolers are generally being sought by colleges. I’ve have a few in my classes. Some integrated well and easily. A few did take some time to come out of their social shell so-to-speak. I am not necessarily sure that the same isn’t true to some degree for many students.
Finalmente, un docente me responde con algo que me alegra mucho:
In addition to directing Faculty Development on my campus, I am also the Director of the Honors Program, and I admit quite a few homeschooled students every year. I can say that they are usually among our very best students in every respect–academic preparation, maturity, confidence, motivation, courtesy–though some of them here in the deep South come from considerably conservative and sometimes religiously fundamentalist backgrounds that can inhibit liberal learning (“liberal” in both senses of the word). Still, the latter issue is relatively minor, and it is an insurmountable obstacle only in a few cases. When it does surface, it is a real challenge for the teacher and perhaps for other students, too. For the most part, our homeschoolers are high-achieving, focused students with good study skills and more-than-usual familiarity with fundamental knowledge in content areas.