That’s a good question. One for which every homeschooling family will give a different answer. For our family, homeschooling is a decision that we made for many reasons. We wanted a different type of education for our children, the absence of peer pressure and bullying, a closer family unit, and freedom to teach and reinforce Biblical values in our children. Others may have reasons such as physical illness or learning disabilities, or just plain unhappy with government education. Whichever reason, each is entitled to that freedom.
In America, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. This makes homeschooling a recognized method of education. In fact, homeschooling is the fastest growing method of education in America today. With over 2 million homeschoolers, this is definitely an educational movement. Government schools are simply at their lowest, reforms aren’t working, and people are turning to a method of education that they have control over.
Homeschooling gives you the freedom to invest in your children beyond the limits of an education. Typically, the homeschooled child is more confident, self assured, emotionally mature, and socially adjusted. Throughout the years, many proponents of public education have touted that homeschoolers are just not given enough social exposure. Though their concerns are completely unfounded, homeschoolers are different. They aren’t exposed daily to scores of other emotionally immature children of the same peer group, they interact with all ages in various settings. It never ceases to amaze me at how homeschooled children really do stand out from the crowd – and not in a NEGATIVE sense.
If you are dissatisfied with the level of education that you are receiving from government schools, or are just wanting to have a greater impact on your children’s lives – consider homeschooling. Though it isn’t easy, the benefits far outweigh any difficulties you may encounter. Yet, with the rise of homeschooling’s popularity, more and more great homeschooling resources are popping up! This makes homeschooling easier than ever.
My children are still relatively young, but I am already seeing the fruit of our labors. They are not affected by peer pressure like their teen counterparts in school. They enjoy reading and spending time with their family. Hmmm… I guess non-homeschoolers would say that that is “weird.” Well, if so – it is a weird I wouldn’t trade for anything!