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Do You Tutor Your Kids Yourself?


With the school year back in full swing and youngsters' backpacks filling with papers and projects, many parents are finding themselves seated next to their offspring as they make their way through a growing mountain of assignments. For some, the evening ritual is a time to bond and show off their knowledge of specific subject areas. For others, it is an uphill battle. Patience wears thin for both parties as the child declares that mommy's way is not in line with the teacher's method. For this reason, many families hire tutors to help their budding scholars with their work. Do you?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
A friend of mine has homeschooled her kids their entire educations. They are 16 and 17 right now and both are attending college, and doing so amazingly. Almost no one homeschools their children alone. There are huge communities they join, outside private classes, etc. They are far better educated then most high school kids. I think a major difference is because the people teaching them care. You can be as qualified as you could possibly imagine, but the sad fact is that most high school teachers are burnt out and angry, and simply don't care to make sure the kids KNOW the stuff. You pass or fail, period, irregardless of your ability to stay with the curriculum.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I haven't had to deal with this yet since my daughter is nowhere near school age, but I will definitely help her with homework. As far as tutoring though, if she's struggling in a certain subject that I'm not familiar with, then I would get a tutor for her. If she were struggling in English, I would have no problem helping her there. Math....not so much.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I don't see how someone not educated in a specific field - like the above mentioned physics or chem - could teach, even with online curriculums. I mean, I have my JD but I'm not qualified to teach high school calc.. even WITH an online guide.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Anon -- how do you homeschool past a certain age? How can you be qualified to teach physics, chemistry, pre calc, etc? to answer the question... when I have kids, and if they have trouble in a certain subject, I'll hire a tutor. My knowledge of the specifics of high school subjects is poor at best now !
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