There are a number of reasons for homeschooling. Many choose based on religious beliefs, while others are not satisfied with the level of education that is offered by the public school systems.
Top Reasons Parents Give for Choosing to Homeschool
Here are some of the main reasons why parents start homeschooling their children:
Homeschooling vs Public Schooling
Due to the decreases in funding, larger class sizes and insufficient teachers, education standards have decreased in the public school systems. Home school can provide a better education for students.
According to a US Department of Education statistics report, nine in 10 homeschooled students’ parents reported that concern about schools’ environments was an important reason for their decision to homeschool.
- The number of homeschooled students increased from 850,000 students in 1999 to 1,773,000 students in 2012.
- 25% said the most important factor was a concern about the environment of other schools, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure.
- The second most important factor (parents could only choose one) were for “other reasons” which included family time, finances, travel, and distance.
Instead of being concerned with standardized tests or class averages, parents as homeschool teachers can concentrate on what is important: giving your children the best education possible.
Private School Can Be Expensive
Private schools are simply not an affordable for many parents and homeschooling can be affordable on almost any budget.
Child with Special Needs
Children with special needs and behavioral issues can be handled better in their home environment. In some cases there is a drop in behavioral issues.
Religious Instruction and Values
Religion is also another reason why some parents choose to home school their children. Public school does not offer religious instruction for individuals who want to instill those values unto their children as part of daily instruction.
Many Christian parents believe that it is their responsibility to teach God’s Word daily, not occasionally, and more and more public school teachings are in direct contrast to Christian values.
Convenience of being able to adjust schedules around work and being able to do the things you want to do with your family. It also works well for parents who are working from home or who travel for their jobs.
Homeschooling allows parents to work their careers to the fullest while being able to educate their children and being able to travel when they need and want to.
There are also instances where parents begin educating their gifted children earlier than the public education system allows children to enter. This gives parents the opportunity to challenge their children and maintain developmental levels.
Studies have shown that gifted children in public schools who are not challenged may develop behavioral issues or actually intellectually fall backwards until the other children “catch up” with them. (How sad!)
Enjoy Their Kids
While there are definitely parents out there who cannot WAIT to get their kids into school and out of their hair, there are many who homeschool for the very opposite reason: they genuinely like spending time with their kids. They like getting to know them, learning with them and just being around them.
Various Personal Reasons for Homeschooling
There are also a variety of other reasons for homeschooling children. There are a number of personal reasons as well outside of the general reasons why someone may choose to home school their children. The reasons may be based on family issues or the need to incorporate values and beliefs into the actual learning curriculum of the children.
They All Agree
However, the majority of people who home school their children agree that one of the biggest reasons for homeschooling is the ability to offer their children a better and more complete education at home that is challenging and provides the flexibility to incorporate values and beliefs into the curriculum.
Home school is a great way to educate your children and provide them with the tools they need to have a future in their chosen field. They are able to explore exactly what they have interest in.
Education can form the basis that allows children to becoming active and well adjusted adults in society. As a result it is important to provide them with the best education possible and home schooling is one way to ensure that children can reach his or her full potential.