According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 3% of the population of school-age children in 2011-12 were taught from home. Reasons parents decided to homeschool versus going the traditional route varied. However, approximately 91% of parents said that their reason was due to a concern about the school environment. Why would you want to take a path that only 3% of American parents have taken? Is homeschooling right for your child?
The NCES also conducted a study of the national average freshmen graduation rates for 2008-09. This study found that the graduation rates of public high school students was 75%. Some states were as low as 69% in Florida and 56% in Nevada. Why, with all the advancements in technology, are we still having students fail to graduate high school? To make matters worse, U.S. students’ test scores are falling below the international average on reading, math and science.
Call it; lack of money, incompetent teachers, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA), government agenda, etc., etc., etc.. Call it what you want the facts reveal that students are just not coming out of high school with the smarts to take on the world. Why are taxpayers still funding the Department of Education if it is lacking in the education department? Here’s an idea… Maybe parents should teach their own children.
Missing From the Curriculum
It should be alarming to parents when they discover what their children are NOT learning in today’s K-12 schooling. Did you know that schools no longer (or no longer have to) teach cursive writing? With advancements in computers, schools feel it is a waste of time to teach the art of script. The only thing they teach when it comes to cursive writing is how to sign your name. Cursive is becoming foreign and how long before it becomes a forgotten language? If you can not interpret cursive writing how will you be able to read historical documents such as handwritten journals, cultural history, historic documents and the U.S. Constitution. Not to mention that you will not be able to read your grandma’s recipes or your great grandpa’s war journal. Sure, most of these items have been translated already however, don’t you want to be able to read them yourself in the original written form?
Schools are also lacking in the: morals, ethics, critical thinking and responsibilities department. Schools are even getting rid of games where there are winners and losers. The system is trying so hard to make things fair and to make everyone feel like a winner that they are making everything unfair and everyone feel like a loser. You are probably thinking that it is the parents responsibility to teach their own children about such things as: morals, ethics and fairness. Maybe so, therefore, why don’t parents teach their children from the get go and completely eliminate the need for public education? Is it because most adults are too busy to tend too their own children?
Self-Reliance and Homeschooling Go Hand and Hand
You may already be living (or on your way to living) the self-reliant lifestyle. If you have a garden, can and dehydrate your own food, are a member of CERT, hunt for food, or know how to make your own almond butter you might be interested in living the self-reliant way of life. You might be one of those who do not trust or have faith in the system. If this is you, then why are you letting the system educate your child? After all, Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
If you are already homeschooling your child then pat yourself on the back because you made the right decision by putting your child on the correct path. If you are not homeschooling your own child then you might be holding him or her back from discovering their true potential.
Quick Homeschooling Facts:
Question: What is homeschooling?
Answer: The most diverse and flexible schooling option for children. One of the reason that so many students are failing in the public school arena is because not all students learn the same way or at the same speed. Homeschooling allows you to taylor your child’s education needs according to how they learn.
Question: Is it legal to homeschool?
Answer: Yes. For now, it is legal in all fifty states to homeschool your own children. Homeschooling is even becoming popular in other countries such as New Zealand and Australia.
Question: Is it expensive to homeschool?
Answer: It all depends on the route you take. If you buy the pre-packaged curriculums it could be rather costly however, that is not the only route you can take. Basically, the ball is in your court therefore, you are in control of how much you want to spend. There are a lot of resources out there for free or that cost very little such as: museums, libraries, the Internet, used books and supplies.
Question: Will my child be sociable?
Answer: It used to be thought that if your child was home-schooled that they would lack the social skills that they would need in life. There have been many studies done that reveal that it is actually the opposite. Children who are home-schooled have less peer presser and more self-confidence than traditional students.
Question: Will my child be able to succeed in college and life in general?
Answer: Studies have shown that young people who were home-schooled are more: creative, mature, independent, and have stronger thinking skills and are more academic.
Remember the study about the 3% of the population of school-age children in 2011-12 that were taught from home and the reasons for it? Reasons parents decided to homeschool versus going the traditional route varied but approximately 91% of parents said that their reason was due to a concern about the school environment. Some parents do not want their children, who are young and pliable, to be exposed to the traditional school environment. Sadly, a lot of parents probably don’t even know what their children are learning in school. Do you know what your child learned in school today?