People choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons. Here are 50+ reasons why, a homeschooled student, chose and love homeschooling.
Firstly, no, my parents did not write this or help me write this in any way.
Secondly, I’m not “anti public school.” Two of my sisters went to a public high school after many years of homeschool. (one did for theater and the other for sports)
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, but, it worked for me. Many public schoolers feel like homeschoolers are “judging them” when we say we homeschool and/or didn’t like public school. We realize homeschooling isn’t for everyone, and (most of us) honestly don’t care if you homeschool or not. Homeschooling is a personal choice we made, and we have been blessed to have the resources and opportunities to make it happen and work for us.
Obviously, not all homeschoolers are geniuses and not all public school kids are “dumb” or “robotic.” Both consist of humans; and you cannot slap a cohesive label on either. I wrote this because I, along with many homeschoolers, are tired of being judged and mocked for our choice in education – mainly by people who don’t know anything about homeschooling.
And that’s ok – homeschoolers love genuine questions. This may not change your opinion, but I hope you can at least respect it. This article is solely my opinion and is written from my own personal experience and research.
The sole reason I began homeschooling is due to the lack of education I was getting in the public school setting. Since then, it has turned into so much more than that.
1. I am excelling academically.
2. I learn at my own pace.
3. Public school days – 8 hours a day, 180 days a year – are notably spent on quantity not quality.
4. I have no pointless homework.
5. I have no pointless busy-work.
6. I learn beyond textbooks and study my passions and areas of interest. My passion is World War II.
7. Textbooks are not my only, nor my primary, learning tool.
8. I have no restrictive “box” (grades) that public schools hold fast so strongly to. (Who says you have to learn multiplication in third grade? Who says you can’t write cursive in first grade?)
9. As a visual analytical learner, curriculum is customized to fit my needs.
10. I learn things not taught in public schools – like coding, WWII in depth, Hebrew, etc.
11. I have more time to focus on the areas I need help with, and I can breeze through the “easy” stuff.
12. We can take vacations any time we want; including during “normal” public school days.
13. Homeschooling is more affordable than the other public school alternative, private school.
14. Any history with just a textbook (public school or Christian homeschool) is biased. I prefer a non-textbook approach to learning.
15. Students are primarily scored on English and Math, therefore History and Science are looked on as low priority. As a history nerd, I cringe at this thought.
16. The average student loses around half of what he was taught in school over summer break. Therefore, the first few months of public school are spent doing review.
17. We have a lower student-to-teacher ratio.
18. We don’t have to deal with bullying, ridiculous policies, policing girl’s clothing while ignoring boy’s clothing, etc.
19. Not to mention having to deal with sex ed in elementary school
20. We have no Common Core or No Child Left Behind – we can learn at our own pace!
21. There is a wider opportunity for political debate.
22. I am not subject to political correctness, indoctrination, and political propaganda. I’m able to learn from a variety of sources.
23. I am a critical thinker, and I am allowed to think beyond the box in my homeschool.
24. I’m not tied down to the political/religious beliefs of one textbook. (let’s be honest, all textbooks are a little biased)
25. I’m not expected to learn at the exact same pace as everyone else.
26. I personally had a horrible public school experience. I understand not all public schools are like ours, but we did not have a good experience.
27. I’m challenged beyond what some senator thinks the school standards should be.
28. The standardized testing is absolutely absurd. I don’t see how public school kids take it.
29. We have no “fuzzy math” (Is 5 + 5 REALLY 10? Or is it 11?)
30. We have no mandatory, absurd math and can solve problems in ways that works best for us. (The non-sensical alternatives to the traditional addition, subtraction, etc.)
LIFE (AND SOCIALIZATION)
31. Socialization is not the primary reason a person goes to school.
32. I’m an entrepreneur – I don’t socialize, I network.
33. I socialize with a plethora of people – younger, older, in between – not just my peers.
34. My peers and I have virtually nothing in common.
35. That being said, I don’t have to worry about bullying.
36. I get along with my sisters decently well.
37. I don’t spend 8 hours a day in a classroom. (What kind of socialization is that?)
38. The “socialization” that public school is known for revolves around profanity, rudeness, laziness, drugs, sex, and teen pregnancy.
39. I have had SO many great opportunities during normal school hours – speaking opportunities, networking luncheons, and so much more.
40. I have extra time to pursue passions, like blogging and entrepreneurship! 🙂
41. I learn life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and money management.
42. I have a flexible schedule.
43. I can have a bad hair day/pajama day.
44. We have better school lunches!
45. We don’t have to worry about school shootings, stabbings, etc.
46. I can garage sale on weekdays!
47. We save money on school supplies.
48. We have no snow days, therefore we get done with school earlier in the year.
49. I am graduating high school early.
50. I love it.
Ultimately, this is the only argument I think I should have to make when deciding my personal decision to homeschool. Over the past few years, I have developed and matured so much, without anyone judging me. I’m me – nerdy, intellectual – and I’m proud of that. Unlike many peers, during the most sensitive period of my life, my adolescent years, I was not pressured to fit the latest styles, and never felt the need to be anorexic.
During that period, I studied WWII and the Holocaust. Now that I’m out of that stage and have become a teen, I have learned to courageously stand out and be yourself. With everything I’ve learned, I do not feel the need to be like everyone else. In fact, I’ve learned being like everyone else isn’t always a positive.
So, why do you homeschool?