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So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time? Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.
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This is also why statistically the vast majority of high school students are significantly sleep deprived, and why home-schooled students are estimated to have, on average, just over 4 years of free time/childhood more than their traditionally educated counterparts over the course of their 12 years in K-12.
The irony is that most parents of traditionally educated kids spend about as much time helping their kids with their homework as homeschool parents spend just plain homeschooling the kids. That means that all that other time they spend in school would, in a homeschool setting, be free time the kid has to explore his/her interests, actually socialize, and be a part of the community. Or, you know, lie around watching the clouds go by or playing video games. And it’s telling that with fewer hours spent being educated, home-schooled students still outperform traditionally educated kids on tests, spelling/geography bees, college admissions, etc. I.e., it’s pretty irrefutable that we waste literally years of kids’ lives to no advantage, purpose or benefit in the name of education.
I’m a supporter of public education to an extent, particularly public educators, but I am not a supporter of the popular model of American education for the above and other reasons. And I think Bush’s No Child Left Behind standards-based education has been a pretty disastrous policy and a failed social experiment. I don’t know any educator who disagrees.
As someone who was homeschooled all the way through from first grade to high school, I appreciate the above comment. It’s nice hearing someone talk positively about it for once.