Last year alone, more than one million children in the United States choose to homeschool over traditional education. This stunning figure was released according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Homeschooling is a recent development in education. Not that long ago, it was considered too radical by many education experts. Nowadays, it is legalized in every state and more than 1 million children have undergone homeschooling and I suspect many more parents are seriously considering homeschooling.
The interesting thing was what prompted such a change? There have been many recent surveys to suggest that parents are getting impatient and fed up with our public schooling system. It is seen as being superficial with no real-life skills being applied and taught.
Parents are also concerned about the negative publicity often portrayed in news. Examples are school students taking drugs in schools, abusing fellow students physically, and even students bringing guns and knives to school. Parents are concerned about the negative peer influence these students cause to their children.
Homeschooling offers an opportunity to end all that and allows parents to bring up their children in a natural and loving environment. I believe homeschooling is especially important in the early years of a child’s development (between three and twelve years old) as this is the period where they are prone to negative influences and peer pressure and cannot differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. Homeschooling helps to protect them from such negative influences.
Another benefit of homeschooling is an inevitable bond between the child and the parents. The parents and the child spend more time together forming a unique bond. The bond gets stronger as time passes and later you will find that you can connect with your child better than you never thought before.
Parents can also have better control over the kind of moral and religious beliefs a child should have. Parents can impart their moral values and beliefs to their children easily since they spend more time together.
So what’s stopping parents from adopting homeschooling? For one thing, homeschooling requires a lot of time and money. For most families, both parents need to be working full-time to support the family. Most homeschooling families I know of are dependent on one parent for the income. The other parent has to devote full-time to homeschooling the child. Therefore, in some cases, it is not possible to adopt homeschooling unless you are financially stable.
The other interesting phenomenon is that more and more homeschooling support groups are cropping up in your neighborhood. They help to guide and support each other. Some homeschooling support groups have even gone online. If you do decide to go homeschooling, find a homeschooling support group in your area.