Homeschool statistics at the National Home Education Research Institute website indicate that in the United States approximately 1.73 to 2.35 million children were educated at home during 2010. That’s a lot of children. The homeschooling population continues to grow at an estimated rate of 2% to 8% per year. Homeschooling has also been growing around the world.
Once upon a time, homeschooling used to be a radical statement – something like a declaration of independence. It was the conservative Christians who advocated homeschooling in the ‘80s and legalized it in every state. As I researched the homeschool statistics and did the math, I realized that since 1985 homeschooling has grown over 4,700%. I am so glad our family decided to homeschool and do not regret the decision one bit.
Homeschooling Growth – Why?
Homeschooling growth in America can be attributed to many factors. Children and parents were never meant to be separated. The Scriptures clearly tell us that as parents we are responsible for educating and training our own children. I believe parents are rediscovering God’s original design for the family. Putting God as head of the family allows it to function as He intended, and we reap the blessings of family togetherness.
Recent surveys indicate that parents are fed up with the public school systems where much of the learning is superficial and compulsory. They are also concerned about negative school environment ranging from drugs and violence to negative peer pressure. As a result, we have a surprising mix of people who form the homeschooling world of today. They cut across all religious and regional borders. Their main aim is providing meaningful and productive learning through a method that strengthens the bond between the various members of the family.
All these families have one thing in common – a long enduring commitment to the sanctity of childhood. The children in these families are accorded a primary position. Many believe, and rightly so, that homeschooling allows parents to bring up children in a more natural and nurturing environment. Public schools can make one nervous, diffident and downright mean. Children who get schooled at home are protected from these damaging negative influences till they reach an age where they can handle it.
Homeschooling draws the whole family into the task of educating. Everyone is put to work. The parents together form a bond with the children. Any experience can be turned into an educational experience. Both the parents are aware of exactly what is going into their child’s head. Parents also have greater control on the kind of religious and moral values that the child imbibes. Even watching a movie together can become a learning experience. Trips to the library and other places become educational as well recreational.
A homeschooling family is primarily dependent on the income of one earning member. That means that often spending has to be curtailed and proper planning of expenditures is a must. This helps to bring family members together and everybody gets involved in the process of saving money.
Having a parent at home to supervise, to nurture and care for the children brings with it a lot of love and caring. Even your husband chips in and there just is no room for boredom. Yes, problems do crop up, and there may be a lot of misgivings in your mind. But if you keep a close relationship with your Heavenly Father He will lead and guide you through all obstacles and show you the way. And when you know that your kids can always count on you, and your kids know it too, homeschooling becomes a richly rewarding experience.
For those just thinking about homeschooling, check out the graphic below comparing homeschooled kids with public schooled kids. It should allay your fears and help you take the plunge.
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In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6