In recent years, homeschooling has seen a surge in the number of parents choosing it over other options. For quite some time, public education has been the standard for education. Private school and homeschool have been considered alternative options, and online school is a newcomer to the educational front. Why the sudden trend toward homeschooling?
Here are just a couple of reasons why more parents are deciding to homeschool.
Escaping a Negative School Environment
Bullying has become an enormous problem in public schools. School violence is another issue. While most teachers and school administrators love their jobs and do the best they can with the tools they have, there are the outlying few who are more concerned with finances or test scores that make things difficult for their students.
Many parents choose to homeschool to extricate their child from that negative environment. Being bullied, worrying about school violence, or having a teacher that the student doesn’t feel comfortable with has an impact on education. It leads to students learning and retaining less, scoring lower on tests, and having an overall negative attitude toward learning and education.
Providing a Higher Quality Education
Crowded classrooms, fewer resources, and changes made in recent years have caused many parents to feel that the quality of public education has declined. They’ve come to the conclusion they can provide a better quality education at home.
The one-on-one attention they can provide is one reason for this belief. Another is the plethora of homeschool curriculum options available. Many offer online education with additional resources that allow parents to ensure that they give their children a full, well-rounded education that covers anything and everything they might have gotten in a public school and then some.
Whether the child has ADHD, is on the autism spectrum, or has dyslexia, homeschooling allows for more freedom to work with the child’s needs. Even if there are no concerns, homeschooling allows for a more individualized education.
A child who has a great interest in photography or writing or landscaping can get an education that is geared toward fueling that interest and potentially creating a career out of it, which is not something that happens in most public school environments.
A More Cohesive Family Unit
With siblings spending most of the day together, and occasionally being the only available tutor or playmate, the family becomes closer and works together more smoothly. Instead of spending their days separated and trying to re-mesh at the end of the day, they instead mesh together all the time, creating bonds that might not otherwise exist.
Religion or Faith-based Education
For some families, religion is a central part of their lives, and they wish that priority to be extended to their children’s education as well. While some, if not all, religions offer a faith-based private school option, for many families, this is unaffordable. For those families or for those whose religion doesn’t offer a private school, homeschooling is an affordable option that lets them put their faith front and center in education.
Create more time for other things
After an entire day at school or work, the last thing most people want to do is come home and deal with homework. Many families find, at least in the elementary years, that they can complete an entire day’s worth of homeschooling in little more than the time it once took to do homework. When school is completed faster, there’s more time for other things, such as playing, reading for pleasure, activities with friends, or simply relaxing.
Homeschooling is a wonderful way to ensure that your children get a rich education. Whether it’s a negative school environment, family bonds, or a more tailored education that prompts your decision, most families don’t regret the decision to homeschool.
Do you homeschool your children? How have your experiences been switching? We would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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