The common road to college is public schooling in elementary and high school. Homeschooling is reserved for those who feel especially inclined to pursue a high school or primary education elsewhere. It is common thought that one has to be a certain kind of person to choose to be homeschooled, making them different from normal kids their age. They desire a different road to college than the average student.
Usually, people who have gone through the track of public schooling assume that homeschoolers are separated from society and need special help to get through school. It is usually a response to kids who have strict religious parents who want to shield their child from the intimidating world of dirty public schoolers and a corrupt education plan designed by government officials. The thought behind this is incorrect in today’s thinking because nowadays those who choose to homeschool do so in order to learn more than the average public school will teach them.
In my own experience, homeschooling is not the typical idea that is often pictured when one thinks of homeschooling. None of my classes were taught by my parents and none of them were strictly taken from sitting in the living room with a teacher’s version of a textbook in front of me. I went to classes almost every day and had more homework than the average high school student. Though my classes were different in that they occurred only once a week, they were still spread out over five days. Most of my classes took place in a family’s home and others took place in a local private school. I was constantly going to and from different houses in different neighborhoods and different teachers and tutors.
The idea of being a homeschooled student is put in place for the family themselves to be able to design their own child’s education. Though the common misconception behind homeschooling and those who choose to partake in it is that the people must want to exclude themselves from society and mold their children into socially awkward human beings. They may be book smart, but they may be perverse and socially deprived as well. The thinking behind this is out of date and incorrect. Years ago when homeschooling was only something whispered about in the suburbs, the children who went through this kind of schooling were probably mentally disabled or behaved in a way unacceptable to a classroom. The parents might have had no other choice but to pull their kids from the conventional public or private schooling and sit them down at their own dining room table and teach them the courses themselves.
A common idea that comes up when comparing the average public schooling to homeschooling is that the education level is lower. Those who go through the public school system assume that those who homeschool are not receiving the same level of education and therefore are not as equipped for college and life away from home. On the contrary, homeschoolers typically take a much more diverse list of courses than public school students. They start with taking the required courses which every high school student wishing to make it to college must take. After that, the normal homeschooler often opts to take classes which are more advanced than typical honors courses offered at public schools. The honors courses offered for homeschoolers are more advanced and challenging.
The expectations regarding participation from the student are more intense than in a typical classroom setting, and the material for a class can be considered more of an outline for what the teacher actually wants to accomplish in the course. Though an arrangement like this may seem different and even unfair, the teachers are much more relatable and approachable in a homeschool environment than in a public school. Depending on the situation, one can often appeal to the teacher for advice and extensions on assignments.
In terms of leaving home and going to college, homeschoolers go through the same levels of homesickness and growth when beginning college. Every public high school graduate and homeschooler has to leave home at the same time to attend college and goes through similar anxiety. Aspects of the homeschool system are often overlooked due to the present prejudice against those who choose to partake in this kind of education. People typically assume that homeschoolers are socially deprived and even strange. It is because of these ideas that homeschooling is often misjudged and left as an option for people who actually need it.