Homeschooling is a big deal today – according to this 2010 report it was estimated over 2 million children were being homeschooled in America alone! Why is this? Though I don’t know everyone’s reason I can certainly think of at least 20 reasons to choose homeschooling over public or private schooling. But, don’t take it from me alone, I’ve also included a couple testimonials below and a note about famous homeschoolers.
Negative Reasons for Choosing to Homeschool
- Common Core
- Bullying in public schools
- Too much homework (spend 5-6 hours at school, then 2-3 hours a night on homework? Throw in sports and who really is the driving influence in your child’s life… (hint) probably not YOU.)
- Lack of safety: gangs, sex-pervert teachers and peers, violence
- Bad peer influence
- Bad educational system in general
Positive Reasons to Choose Homeschooling
- Freedom to teach your values to your children
- Freedom to choose what you want your children to learn
- Religious reasons
- Every child is different and not all children learn the same way
- Health problems that make regular attendance difficult
- Allows for more flexibility due to parent’s work and travels
- Allows children to blossom in creativity, study according to own interests
- Early high school graduation and early college entrance is possible
- Kids can figure out what they want to do in life sooner and get a head start on their future
- Learning can happen anywhere at anytime – the zoo, the museum, a co-op, the library, grandma’s and so on…
- Family and friends with special skills can and do help teach
- Allows children to be around more people of varying ages (opposed to the idea that kids of the same age should congregate together all day – and we call that socialization? Socialization, yes – good socialization??? Not always.)
- More time to play (they only get one childhood)
- Peace in your home because (at least in Ohio) you don’t have to teach for a test, or grade or test – at all!
Let’s follow up these lists with a little perspective from a few different sources so you can get a bigger picture on the homeschooling topic. Some of these are popular online personalities. Each family’s situation is different. If you’re like me you’ll enjoy hearing firsthand from other homeschooling parents.
#1 – Flexibility and family needs
Speaking from first hand experience about flexibility and family needs as reasons to homeschool I’d like to offer you this perspective shared by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Note: I have many reasons for why I choose to homeschool.
I also did this video (vlog) over a year ago about some of my reasons for homeschooling.
#2 – Poor public educational settings, limited choice
Unschooling/Homeschooling: I appreciated this video from Ka of the Rawfood family on how they homeschool and why. Now, just to be clear, I am a born-again Christian, I worship Jesus Christ as my Lord and you’ll see why I mention this if you listen to his video or read his post. Apart from our differences there, I agree with him about the value of homeschooling vs. public schooling. He is from Europe and his family is in a unique situation where they get to see the world!
About Common Core: It’s bad for all kids – not just public-schooled.
If you care to learn more about the fight against Common Core in the homeschool arena as well as find encouragement in your homeschooling I recommend you follow HSLDA.org (Home Schooling Legal Defense Association) – you can watch their videos here.
Watch TN student Ethan Young do a brilliant job addressing the problems of Common Core before a board. See the video below.
A lot of famous people have been homeschooled throughout history, though the terminology was different. I was even surprised at some of the names I found listed.
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