Why I Homeschool My Kids || Mayim Bialik

Why I Homeschool My Kids || Mayim Bialik

September 27, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


– Let’s talk about what you think about my homeschooled kids. But first, I wanna
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about my homeschooled kids. Number one, you think they’re freaks. They kind of are freaks,
but in an adorable way. Seriously though, they’re not freaks. However, they were late
to walk and late to talk, and if we had not homeschooled
them and we had put them in a standard schooling
environment, they would’ve been probably strongly
encouraged, if not forced, to be in therapy for walking, talking, and all sorts of other things. So they were allowed to
develop at their own pace in a homeschool environment. Number two, you think
they’re unsocialized. Au contraire, I would argue
that we are oversocialized. We have soccer four
nights a week, taekwondo two nights a week, my older
son is in violin quartet and orchestra, my younger
son has taken art classes. Oh, they both like Shakespeare classes. Name it and homeschooled kids do it too. Homeschooled kids are in
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They take singing classes,
dance classes, nature classes. They play team sports. We do it all. Our kids are socialized. Sure, we don’t have a
schoolyard where our kids play on their own and tease
each other and smoke pot when we’re not looking, but
can’t have everything perfect. Number three, you think
my kids won’t be prepared to go to college. Untrue. While many homeschooled kids
will stop being homeschooled when they’re in high school
to attend regular school, what many homeschooled
teenagers do is start going to community college and taking classes. Then, they use those credits
and transfer to colleges just like other kids do. The truth is homeschooled kids
can go to whatever colleges that they want to. Homeschooled kids can study
for the SATs just like kids who aren’t homeschooled. And the fact is more and more colleges are actually seeking out
homeschooled kids to apply to their universities because
homeschooled kids tend to be very focused, and they
tend to excel in college. Colleges are now more and more accepting of portfolios and work
rather than transcripts, and the admissions process is much easier for homeschooled kids than it used to be. Number four, you think
my kids can’t learn. Thank you for your concern, but they can and they do. Many homeschooled parents and many non-homeschooling
parents have realized that optimal learning
doesn’t usually happen in very, very crowded classes
with little time for recess or little distribution of
resources for the arts, especially in urban areas where resources can be very scarce. In addition, a lot of teachers, especially in public schools, are teaching towards testing standards, and that’s not necessarily the
best way for kids to learn. Another option is paying
exorbitant amounts of money to get your kids into private school. But let’s be honest, those
are essentially schools for wealthy people and a handful of people who can get scholarships. While that may work for a lotta families, it didn’t sit well with me
practically or philosophically. And you don’t need an advanced degree to be your child’s best teacher. The library, the internet, museums, and so many other programs
can help you teach your child if homeschooling is right for your family. Number five, you think homeschooling is for rich celebrities. Wrong. I’m actually the only celebrity I know in our community who homeschools. Every other family in
our homeschool community typically has one parent
working and one parent at home. And even though I’m divorced,
that’s how we work it. Homeschooling is not elitist. It’s not something you
do ’cause it’s trendy, although it is gaining more
popularity than ever before. Why? The schedule tends to
be a lot more flexible. It allows you to be with your
kids more if you wanna be with your kids more, and
it allows for a level of involvement with your child’s learning which traditional schooling
simply doesn’t allow. Ultimately, we homeschool
because it works for us to have our kids learn in groups
of children of varying ages with a lot of emphasis
on imagination and play and being outdoors. We get to help them pursue
what they’re passionate about, and that makes us feel
like we’re doing it right. Truth be told, my kids can’t
imagine that there are children who go to school without having their momma or their dada nearby, and I think that’s kind of sweet. Their sense of learning and
adventure goes hand in hand with our sense of presence and guidance. This is how we show them
how much we love, honor, and respect their learning
process, and we simply love to be a part of it. What do you think about homeschooling? Are my kids freaks? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for watching. See you next time.