Are home schooled kids actually smarter than kids schooled in public? State your opinion.?

Question:I have noticed kids that are home schooled learn things at a very fast pace; my friend is one year younger than me, 14, and she has already surpassed High School and even knows Latin and Spanish. I want your opinions!

I think it depends how you learn. Some kids learn better in small environments, and some learn better in larger. I think home schooled kids are seen as "smarter" because they can learn at their own pace, which sometimes means faster and ahead of their age/grade level. Homeschooling does not give the child a typical school experience though, and they miss out on a lot. Homeschooling on the other hand, might be cheaper, easier, and more rewarding. It really depends on how you look at life, but if you want to be smarter, homeschooling is probably a better way to go.
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They aren't "smarter" but they ARE getting a better education. Their "teachers/parents" actually have a vested interest in their education and work very hard to make sure that their children are actually learning. Nothing slips through the system. It's amazing. Home schooled children actually spend far less time in the classroom and learn much more.

There are several home schooled children in my child's dance classes and swim teams and classes. They are wonderful children and tend to be leaders. Despite the "common" perceptions that homeschooled children don't "fit in" with regular children, I've found that that isn't the case. They fit in well, but don't tend to follow the pack mentality.

They are definitely achievers, for the most part. I suspect that those who don't achieve more than average would do even less well in a regular classroom.
Not those that I have seen. I live in LA, and I do not believe that standards for home teachers, scoring methods, scheduled studies, any thing and every thing, are stringent enough. Maybe that is why LA is next to last in education in the US. (Thank God for MS.)
yes because you have more freedom as far as what you can do for the various subjects, you are not limited to what the school offers. you don't have as many distractions either, like in public school. personal experience. a couple years ago, there was this one show on NBC. It was called the scholar or something. I don't remember the exact name of it. There were a number if high school seniors going for a a prize of a full scholarship to whatever college they wanted. There was one home schooled student and he was smarter in real life then the others and just as smart as far as books go, if not smarter. if you are home schooled, you learn more about real life then if you are in public school.
they may learn more academics(not always of course it depends on the kid), but to me it seems like kids that are home schooled end up kinda weird becuase they don't learn how to act around other people their age or any age, and that could make it worse for them, becuase in life you need lots of social skill to go along with your acedemic skill....Oh and don't forget common sense! something abnormally smart academic kids can (sometimes but not always) lack
Smarter -- not necessarily, but usually they do learn more and better.

This is often because there is a low teacher / student ratio. Also, the students can't goof off in school because their parents know exactly what goes on every day.

There is also no distractions.

Many home schooled students, however, are socially inept. Not all. There are programs where they can meet and spend time with kids of their own age. That is how they learn to deal with problems and work out their issues, a very important skill.
Well, it just depends. It depends on what public school you go to, and it depends, if you're being home-schooled, on what curriculum you're using. This I know because I went to a public school until I was in 5th grade, and then my mom pulled me out and I've been home-schooled ever since. I am 16, which means I've been home-schooled for about 5 years. I've already finished all of my work, because I've had a lot of time on my hands, being at home and everything. I can officially get my diploma when I turn 17. I like home-schooling and I have learned at a fast pace, because I wanted to learn at a fast pace. It just depends, though, everyone is different.
Well, I homeschool my kids and I don't think they are any smarter for having done it (ie they were just as smart in public school) but now they have more opportunity for learning. By homeschooling we have shown them that learning can take place anywhere. By allowing them to beat their own path, their excitement and interest in learning is much higher than their friends who are still in public school.

Some parents want their kids to excel at academics and that's why they homeschool, i want my children to excel at LIFE. Those who love to live life, will love learning and love succeeding.
All children are "smart" and have the capacity to learn much, so I would not say that homeschooled children are "smarter" than other children. I would say, however, that they are obtaining a better education.

I just began homeschooling my first grade son this past November, and he is learning at a phenomenal rate. He is an only child, so he gets a lot of one on one attention. I can explain a concept to him, he will then ask one or two questions, and then he has "gotten it" that quickly. He then indepdently works on his lessons which reinforces what he has been taught. When I initially began homeschooling him, I would belabor the point by going over the same thing many times. I soon realized that I did not have to do that with him, but all children are wonderfully unique.

Now, to address those who continuously speak of social ineptness, how many homeschooled children do you know? If you think these children are weird, does "weird" in your opinion mean mannerable, able to converse with people of all ages, obedient to their parents, etc.? This has been my experience with homeschooled children. My son is able to socialize with with people of all ages--not just other first graders. However, I have enrolled him in community classes/activities where he does have ample opportunity to be with his peers.

I hope this is helpful.

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