I'm assuming that post was directed towards me, SlideStop?
No, my grandparents did not do trig and calc. My dad went through Calc 2, so he can sometimes help me, but he is a busy man. My grandfather was drafted into war when he graduated and only got basic education and training as an electrician, so I honestly don't know how high his education went with math. All of my other grandparents are dead. Again though, homeschooling does not have to be extremely parent inclusive. There are classes available to those of us who are not able to learn simply from a textbook (though I know many who CAN learn that way...it infuriates me! LOL) and tutors available through some programs.
It is hard to explain a home schooling curriculum without being able to physically show it to you. I wish I could send you a copy, but alas they cost a lot of money and I doubt my mother would be happy. If you can imagine it, these curriculums are often teachers in and of themselves. They come with a student work book, text book, and testing material, and they come with parent/teacher guides that fully lay out everything from how to schedule the work so that you get done with the work within two semesters to exactly, word for word, how to explain the difference between say; paraphrasing and summarizing.
The way that it works is that even when the parent him or herself can not understand what is being said, the student has gone through this particular course step by step and gets it when the parent reads it to them. I suppose it is sort of like me, a predominantly western rider who really only trail rides and does small bits of arena work, standing in an arena with a dressage rider and asking them to piaffe then transition into a canter. I can't particularly tell them HOW to piaffe, but I've seen a piaffe enough to know if they're doing it at least basically correctly or not. They know how to piaffe because they have done the preliminary work (that I have not) to build up to this piaffe, so they are able to do it when I ask them to, even if I don't. It isn't a perfect example, but its all I've got horse related xD its similar with school. The parent may not know exactly how to derive an answer, but because of the teacher book he/she knows what the answer IS, so he or she can check the child's work to tell them if it is right or not.
Now you probably ask what exactly happens if the child struggles and the parent doesn't know how to explain differently? Well, my answer to that is google, yahoo, bing, ask, youtube, friend, ehow. LOL. You have no idea how many times I've had to take the initiative to say "Ok, I've been taught then and still don't get it. Let me find something that CAN explain it so that I understand." And I do just fine. It actually helps me develop my perseverance and ability to find new solutions to a seemingly impossible thing.
All of that being said, I do want to state (as I have in other threads) that homeschooling is NOT for everyone. I actually wasn't even going to suggest homeschooling to OP, it just came up so I butted into the conversation. Home school is neither harder or easier to do necessarily, but it is a perfectly viable option. It is not a perfect option, but neither are the other options; public school, private school, or charter schools. Each type has its own flaws, and it is up to an individual to decide for themselves (or their children) which flaws they are most willing and able to work with to best educate themselves.
ETA: Speed Racer, thank you ^_^ I'm never sure that my posts are going to make sense...LOL. I think that the choice of homeschooling is absolutely something that must be very careful considered by a family before they jump into it. It isn't for everyone, and some students do terribly with it just as some students do terribly in the public school system. People are not cookie cutter shaped, so some will fit into the mold created for one type of learner and some will not! It is up to the family and child to decide which mold they think they will fit best.
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.
Last edited by Endiku; 09-06-2013 at 02:57 PM.