Reasons for Home Education
Many students have gone back to school. It’s that time of year when book bags, notebooks, pencils and supplies have been purchased and school days have begun. In our country there are many options for education. Public school, private schools as well as home education. This month the team and other contributing bloggers as well as businesses with R16:16 will be exploring the homeschool choice. It isn’t to downplay other forms of education, but to look at this choice and why for some families it is the choice being made.
According to an Education News report, homeschooling has grown by 75% since 1999. That shows that the number of primary school children being home educated is growning 7 times faster than the students being enrolled in K-12 schools every year. In my state alone, Ohio, in the 2012/2013 academic year there were more than 24,000 students who were educated at home. This number does not include students enrolled in online charter schools. Based upon a report from National Home Education Research Institute regarding Homeschool population reports there were more than 2 million students being taught in their own homes in 2010.
With such a large growth in the homeschool community comes a vast amount of resources being made available for families to purchase. Every state in the country hosts at least 1 homeschool conventions filled with vendors selling their thematic curriculum, many of which are geared specific to home education. The face of homeschool has changed, and these families are smashing the stereotypes as they are showing that home educated children are out performing public school students on standardized tests by consistently scoring high on such exams as SAT and ACT. “The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.” Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. from RESEARCH FACTS ON HOMESCHOOLING, January 11, 2011 with the National Home Education Research Institute.
Some reasons why families are choosing homeschool.
- The freedom to direct the education of their children.
- Dissatisfication with the American education system.
- Dissatisfication with political agendas being promoted in all age groups of public education.
- The freedom to teach their children about creation as the origin of life and history.
- To protect children from being forced to learn cultural morality which is not in alignment with God’s word.
- To teach their children from an early age to know God.
- To have the time to teach children from God’s word and build their knowledge of His will.
- To protect children from the false teaching of evolution as the origin of life and history.
- To protect their children from bullying.
- To meet the child’s unique educational needs.
- To support the special needs of their child in a safer environment.
As parents God instructs us to “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4. Many are choosing to apply this passage to their daily life. They believe that for their family the best way to do this is through home education.
At R16:16 we want to start a dialogue about home education. Do you homeschool in your family? If so, tell us what led you to that decision. If not, what are your reasons for choosing other forms of education and how do you incorporate biblical training into your home life?