Learning about Life - You're not taught this in school!
In school, the primary emphasis is on giving children basic skills
(Mathematics, English etc.) This is simply the basic infrastructure
that one needs to begin learning what is truly important. To learn
about life and develop the necessary skills to succeed requires a
sound understanding of basic principles (reading, writing, basic
maths) but the emphasis is set on basic skills for over 14 years!
I believe language skills are fundamentally necessary and they
should be developed to the maximum. However, many things are
missed in school, some basic "life skills" that are simply
overlooked. The only "life skill" (if you can call it that) students are
taught is how to write a resume and how to work a job. This is
taught through CV preparation and work experience.
What about the practicalities? Well, they don't tend to go into
them because they don't expect you to need to know about the
world because everything will be taken care of for you by your
employer of course.
In school, pupils are not taught real life skills. For example:
* How to Register a Company;
* How to find a good accountant or attorney;
* How to raise venture capital;
* How to manage your business;
* How to minimize taxation;
* How to apply for a loan and manage it properly;
* How to obtain a high income;
* How to handle banking (with banking incompetence these days);
* How to conduct business negotiations; and
* How to IPO your company and the pros and cons.
I could write a list of 100 or more things that could be taught but
are not. My point is, in school, you are given a very broad
education. An overview of the *basic* principles of a few subjects.
I presume an in-depth education is not given because they leave
that to universities. Well, as far as I am concerned this is not
acceptable. If it is possible to thoroughly teach a person and give
them an in-depth knowledge in many areas and a child could be
receiving a substantially better education then I see school as
giving the minimal education that is required by law. For my child,
I believe this is unacceptable.
When home educating, you're not getting the "left over" time from
your child. You're getting the best hours of their day which means
you can teach them all of the fundamentals and more. When
home education is done well and exploited to it's fullest, the child
is at such an advantage to schooled children.