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The Homeschool Choice

04 Sep

Reasons for Home Education

The homeschool choice

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.

Homeschool Learning

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?

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9 Comments

Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Encouragement

 

9 responses to “The Homeschool Choice

  1. mark

    September 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

    At the same time you are protecting them from the list of supposed evils, you are not teaching them how to listen to other points of view. This might work for a while but eventually they are going to need to know the other person’s argument. Being taught only one side in an argument does nothing to reinforce why we believe what we do. The best lawyer knows his argument well and opposing counsel’s argument even better so he can refute it. This is what Mormons are taught from an early age. They all know what they believe, why they believe it, and what the other beliefs are.

     
    • Heather

      September 6, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Mark, how do you know what each family is teaching their children? We are teaching our children a biblical worldview, so that they can defend their faith someday when they’re faced with other worldly views. You can’t lump every homeschool family together, just as you can’t lump every public school family together.

       
    • GramMER

      September 10, 2013 at 1:31 am

      At public school, the students only get the evolutionary theories. I know because I spent many years teaching public school (K-12 and university level). Supposedly that is education without prejudice. In homeschool classrooms, the teacher (mother or father) has to be smart enough to present both views so the kids actually have a choice. For example, they may study such materials as are described below.

      Our granddaughter pointed found this site while searching for apologia sources on evolution.

      http://illustramedia.com/

      Apparently this is like National Geographic except without the evolutionary theories.

      http://www.flightthegeniusofbirds.com/

      If you are into the bird research VemoVideos has one about hummingbird tongues that is very good. It obviously is part of the one about “Flight” found at the top link.

      http://player.vimeo.com/video/68897592

      Most homeschool families give their children the right to challenge all theories, and these kids are not without wisdom. If the main public competitions were still without prejudice, you would again see homeschoolers winning all the spelling and geography bees. You would see homeschool kids being accepted into Harvard, MIT, USC and other high quality universities. They become musicians, mathematicians, international businessmen and women and so much more.

       
  2. The Heartfelt Homemaker

    September 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

    We homeschool our twins, a boy and a girl who are 5 years old. I agree that kids in public school are going to be around other kids with many different points of view. I don’t agree that just because a child is homeschooled that these topics don’t come up. Just last night we were driving in the car and the subject of earthly family vs. christian family came up. My daughter asked me if the whole world was part of our christian family. I took this opportunity to teach her that not everyone is a christian. My kids are young so I teach them at their level right now, but I plan to prepare them for the world.

     
  3. mark

    September 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I never lumped all homeschool families together, Arguing with a mock atheist is different than arguing with a real atheist. Also, all kids need to learn how to play together nicely in the sandbox and wait their turn in line.

     
  4. Sharla Orren

    September 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We do teach our sons different points of view so that they are able to defend their beliefs. And don’t we all have to stand in line at Wal-Mart?

     
  5. Heather

    September 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Hehe. You’re a funny guy, Mark. Yes, learning to stand in line is one of those wonderful qualities we all need to possess. Thankfully, I have 4 children, so I can teach them to stand in line while waiting their turn to play in our sandbox! :).
    I’m guessing that you also believe we should put soldiers on the front line before sending them to basic training. ;).
    If you send your children to Caesar for their education, don’t be surprised when they come back as Romans.

     
  6. cindycolley

    October 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

    whoa Mark! Many home-schooled adults are now so good at finding the other point of view and defending the faith that they are called apologists. It’s just that they did the doctorate program at some state university AFTER the training at home. Exposing kids to all different points of view and training them to know why we believe what we believe is a vital part of any education. We don’t skip that just because they are home. And many of those kids have already stood in line for that doctorate (so they have that down, too!).

     

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