Public school and home school have certain differences. The main difference is the difficulty for the homeschooler to enter the real world without having awkward moments. In many cases, these kids don’t know how to handle certain situations and it poses a problem. Some have a hard time making friends. Watch this video about why some parents homeschool.
2. Classroom Etiquette
Forks_In_Toasters_ gives a firsthand account, “I was homeschooled up until college, and I definitely notice these little things. Stuff like walking in line, raising your hand before speaking, other really basic school etiquette that comes naturally for all my public-schooled classmates--I've committed a few blunders for sure.”
3. The First Crush Is Awkward
Tsunoba asked the right question, “Remember that awkward part of your life when you experienced your first crush? And you kind of made an idiot out of yourself because you weren't sure how to act around them? Okay, now imagine going through that same experience, but when you're twenty-one and supposedly old enough to know better."
4. Boys Still Sharing A Room
Michealnpdx shared his thoughts, “I don't know about you guys, but I cannot imagine spending the years of 14-20 in a room with another boy. I literally had a towel that doubled as a nightstand through those years.”
5. Potty Mouth...Ooops!
Bionic_Fox says it best, “I'm a junior but I'm enrolled in a community college full time now, but I was homeschooled up until this fall. One big thing is that people swear a LOT.”
BrainFartisMobile, like other Americans, agrees that a homeschooled child may have issues with understanding things that are normal to other kids as in this case, “She got her period during school. We were in the locker room changing for practice, and a friend of hers promptly said hey you need a tampon? And the girl didn't know what a tampon was. She then freaks out because she doesn't know why she's bleeding. She thinks she's dying.”
xBuzzMasterx shared his personal experience as a child being homeschooled. “I was socially isolated and extremely far behind on my education (didn't learn how to multiply and divide until 7th grade). I didn't know how to act around kids my age so I was super weird and didn't realize my actions would have repercussions. I was a real dick because of this and once I realized that no one liked me because of this I became extremely shut in and anti-social.”
8. Open This Stupid Locker!
Kthriller talks about not knowing how to open a simple school locker after being homeschooled: “I took extra-curriculars in high school at a local private school and got assigned a locker. I literally had to stay one night and practice using it because I couldn't get it unlocked most of the time.”
9. Religion Plays A Key Role For Some
Wofohas a positive reflection: “My parents were very religious and home schooled us. It worked out fine. Half of us are still religious. We all got a first rate education. None of us did drugs, drank to excess, or had any kids. We also were very close and good at communicating. The older ones had to figure out some social stuff, but they did just fine in 'the real world' and they passed it down to the younger ones who have actually all been very popular. So religion doesn't mean bad at home-school."
10. Prowling And Controlling Mother
Sad, but a story from BigOldQueer gives another side of homeschooling. “My mother isolated us and had an emotionally incestuous/codependent relationship with me. I knew really well how to act to the outside world of adults that we'd encounter at church, etc, but didn't have any friends my own age from 12 -22. My mother thought friends were unnecessary and ultimately a bad influence on children.”