When it comes to homeschooling I used to lie all the time. I didn’t want to hurt anybodies’ feelings. People would ask me why I homeschool, and what was I supposed to tell them?
“Well gee, I don’t know. I guess we homeschool because we don’t want our kids raised in a Godless, bully-infested, government hellhole, whose academic mission statement is “Common! Common to the Core!” … or something like that.
So instead, I’d just shrug and claim that homeschooling is what worked for us, for our family. That’s right, nothing more than a preference; you like chocolate, we like vanilla.
But that isn’t how I really feel. With all my heart I believe homeschooling is for every parent, every child, every family.
Is homeschooling a better way? Yeah, it is. There I said it.
But I’m not saying that we are better, or we love our kids more. I, (like I’m hoping you will be), am a homeschool convert. I wasn’t a believer, but after reflecting on my school experience, after remembering what it did to me, and didn’t do for me, I gave homeschooling the old college try. And I never looked back.
10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Children
I love that homeschooling keeps our family together. I love that I it doesn’t take all day. My kids are several grades ahead. I love that there is no Common Core. I love that I don’t have to fight a school board over curriculum choices. Plus, I am part of a freedom movement. I love that my kids are chasing dreams, not test scores. I love that my kids’ best friends are their brothers and sisters. Finally, I love that we can still start each school day off with a prayer.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here are my top 10 reasons for homeschooling:
1. Kids Should Love Learning
For me, school was synonymous with suffering. It was sit down, shut up, pay attention, take notes, do assignments, regurgitate, get report cards – an endless cycle of compulsion, forced learning. You had to learn until it hurt. You couldn’t be human. There were no days off. You couldn’t say “No, thank you.” You couldn’t say, “I would rather…”
In time, kids learn to hate learning. They cry over homework, they wait to the last minute and then cram for tests, or they cheat. Anything to lessen the “learning” load. I was one of them.
With my kids it is the opposite. I’m like, “Hey, stop reading that book and go play outside for awhile.” My kids do math worksheets for fun to see how many they can solve. And I’m not even sure if it is healthy, but they read alllllll the time.
2. Kids Need to Believe That They Have Potential
Have you heard of a gal named Barbara Corcoran? Before becoming famous as an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, she made millions in New York selling real estate. I believe she sold her company for 66 million. Although proving to be a business “genius,” the multi-millionaire confesses, “I feel like my whole life I’ve been insecure about looking not smart.”
Here is a woman who has achieved financial success that most Americans could never dream of, yet she still harbors a deep-seated insecurity about being stupid. So, where did this idea that she was stupid come from? School, of course. Barbara was a straight D student. Somehow all the success in the real world can’t shake that terrible lesson taught in school. She is now 66, and still talking about how stupid she feels.
She isn’t alone. All children are bursting with potential, only to have their wings psychologically clipped in school. And for millions of adults, the doubts and insecurities linger long after school is just an ugly old scar.
3. School is Social Suicide
I cannot tell you how often non-homeschooling parenting ask how I “socialize” my children outside of school. I’m always like, “Ummm, well I talk to them and allow them to talk to others, which is already more than I can say for school. I mean, I don’t know what schools these people attended, but I went to 10 unique schools, in 6 different states, both public and private, and they all had this in common: Socializing was strictly forbidden.
The second you walked in class you had to zip the lips and PAY ATTENTION! because you know, “You’re not here to socialize.” For goodness sake, you couldn’t even quietly pass a note. Kids literally only have a few minutes at recess and lunch, or in between classes to talk. Maybe that’s why conversation devolves into slang and 4-letter words.
But I’m not complaining. I mean, don’t you remember how school kids socialize? Seriously, school is social suicide!
4. Bullying is a Big Issue in Schools
School bullies are such a big deal that even our president has spoken out about it. There is a national campaign being waged as we speak to raise awareness and tolerance in schools, but I’m not holding my breath.
School is a bully-making machine. Schools take vulnerable, immature children away from their parents prematurely, pack them into a building with little supervision, lock the doors, and then wonder why they can’t solve their bullying epidemic.
I know that the utopian ideal is that all kids can learn to get along; that by forcing kids to socialize with kids they normally wouldn’t, school will breed tolerance and understanding. That would be ideal if it were possible. But it isn’t. You take a violent street thug and lock him in with a small nerdy kid, and bad things happen.
The Social Environment at School can be Dangerous
The funny thing is, we know better, don’t we? There are parts of town that we stay away from, especially after dark. There are people we don’t associate with. And as adults, we have the ability and right to protect ourselves.
School children know better too. They know what will happen to them in the locker room, on the bus, under the bleachers, and behind the school. The difference is that school forces them into those dangerous situations. And to boot, kids aren’t allowed to defend themselves. Schools have adopted a zero tolerance policy for all violence, and that usually includes the victim fighting for his life.
I’m glad schools are taking the bully crisis seriously, unfortunately the bullies don’t take the school seriously.
5. You Like Your Kids.
Don’t we all? Sometimes I don’t know. Every school year I see youtube videos of parents celebrating their children’s return to school. I know it’s a joke… but is it really?
I’m sure that there are some parents who prefer a distant relationship with their kids, but for the rest of us, togetherness is a huge advantage of homeschooling. Five years old is just to early to “let go.” I don’t know how parents do it. And it’s never easy. A lot of moms secretly cry.
Yes, you will see them in the morning and evening, but is that really enough?
Kids used to work side by side with their parents until marriage, when they built a house just down the road. I get that the world has changed, but has our need for our children changed? And is their need for us any less?
Most Important Aspect of Life Are Relationships
The longer children stay in school the further they will drift. The bonds you shared the first five years will begin to dissolve, slowly at first, but by middle school and high school, you will find that your children have bonds and loyalties to a new community.
In high school, between school, sports, homework and friends, you will be lucky to share thirty minutes a day with your kid. It isn’t enough. Then they will graduate, and parents will be lucky to see them once a year.
Life is about relationships, not test scores. Even if school could provide a better education, (which it can’t) the relationships are a million times more important. What parents wouldn’t trade the “My Child is an Honor Student” bumper sticker for a few more hours a week with their kids? And what grown child, looking back, would trade their time with mom and dad for a higher SAT score? Forget about school; Your kids need you more.
6. Children Have a Right to Chase Their Dreams.
When I was a kid I was an amazing artist. I entered three art competitions, and won them all. At the age of 8, I was the best artist at every school I attended. I was a million light years ahead of my peers in art and it was my destiny to be a Disney illustrator.
That was all true, until a year into middle school. Then school got in the way. There were tests, homework and sports, and teachers punished me for doodling in class.
School had my future all laid out with, Calculus, English, Biology, etc. I took a few art classes at school, but they were those “easy” electives that nobody took seriously. Besides the classes wrung all the creativity out of art by giving me stupid projects to do. Instead of honing my drawing techniques, I was forced to make “leaf art” and paper mache.
So, I quit. It wasn’t a conscious decision. The busy work of school simply pushed art out the picture. And whatever early “genius” I demonstrated as a child is frozen in childhood. I look back at drawings from 5th grade and wonder, “my goodness, how could I have created this?” What a waste.
Children have a right to chase their own passions and dreams; education should be wind in their sails, not an anchor of bubble sheets and boring.
7. Kids Should Be Learning Things, and Learning Things That Actually Matter.
Let me start by saying that I am not one of those low achieving students, who is now claiming sour grapes. I am one of those high achieving students, now claiming sour grapes. I worked so stinking hard. I did all my homework, I crammed for every test, I took SAT Prep courses, I did the extra credit, I took AP and honors classes, I sucked up to teachers, and all in good faith, trusting that my hard work would eventually be rewarded.
But I never speak any Spanish, have yet to solve any calculus problems, and can’t remember anything from chemistry. Sure, school taught me some things, but nothing of much value, and certainly nothing I couldn’t have learned better, faster, and in my home.
I feel totally cheated and misled. Yeah kids need to read and figure, but my seven year old is reading chapter books and already doing multiplication. And everything she does has a practical application. So why did it take me so long to learn so little in school?
I mean I would love to take chemistry again, but this time tie it to gardening, or cooking, or wielding, something, anything with a practical application.
If you really want educated children, build a curriculum around the things in life that really matter: Faith, Family, Fitness, and Finances. Teach them how to create, built, think, speak, work, budget, invest, plan, lead, troubleshoot, cook, garden, start a business, etc. These are the things that make up our lives.
8. Private Schools Aren’t the Answer.
Dude, school is school. I’m not saying that private schools aren’t at a slight advantage, especially if you live in big, gang-infested cities. But before you throw down big bucks in high hopes, you need to know a few things.
Nearly all private schools are accredited; meaning they are all made in the image of public school. You will find the same schedules, same testing, same certified teachers, same class structures, same curriculum, same sports, same dances, and generally the same rules. What will you get for you money? Probably, smaller class sizes, a better standardized test score, and a warm fuzzy feeling that your kids are better off.
Yes, but maybe it’s the Christian influence that you are after. That would be nice, but there really isn’t one. Look, I attended three private Christian schools in three different states. The Christian impact was minimal. Most had a 30 minute chapel once a week (that students talked or slept through), and then it was back to our secular education.
Just look it up. Kids graduating from Christian schools are just as likely to leave the faith as those graduating from public schools.
9. Satan Wants Your Kids in School.
When we think of education, school has us envisioning the subjects they teach. But what is most import?
For me, it is faith. If I had to choose between raising kids who couldn’t count to ten or read a single word, but loved the Lord with all their heart, I’d choose children who honored God. I think most Christians would, but few understand that their decision about school will make all the difference in the world.
In 2002, the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life noticed a disturbing trend of kids being raised in the Church, turing 18, and then walking away from their faith. So they conducted a survey of parents, and what they discovered was far worse than they could have ever imagined: 88% of the young people in the Church were walking away from their faith after graduating high school!
Other churches and organizations conducted similar studies and though none proved as bad as 88%, I think the lowest was 70%. Some of these kids will eventually return to their faith, but the majority won’t.
Homeschooling Helps Strengthen Their Faith
Now, when it comes to our kids and their faith, there are never any guarantees, but homeschooling is your best bet. When the same survey was conducted in Christian homeschool families, only 6% of graduates turned away from the church. That is a 94% success rate for homeschoolers and a 70-88% failure rate for government schoolers.
Taking a chance with public school is like playing Russian Roulette with your kids eternal souls. I know that is going to offend some people; the truth always does.
10. Yeah, There’s That Conspiracy Thing too.
I hate to even go there, because 99% of Americans are programmed to reject anything that sounds like a conspiracy, anything that would suggest that our benevolent leaders don’t always have our best interests in mind. But that is exactly what school is: the single greatest conspiracy in history!
Most Americans think that school was created to educate the population. We actually believe that our leaders wanted an educated citizenry to hold them accountable. We can only believe this because we are such an utterly schooled society.
The True History of American Schooling
The fact is, America gave birth to government schooling on the heels of the industrial revolution. The large factories were looking for cheap labor and their solution was school.
School serves as daycare so that both parents can work. With both parents working, the industrialists had doubled the supply of labor. This created excess labor for corporate America, and a scarcity of jobs for workers. That of course drove wages into the dirt. So, where women once entered the workforce in the promise of getting ahead financially, they now work just to keep their families financial heads above water.
Our industrial society runs on ignorance, and it’s the school’s job to keep us that way. The next time you drive to the grocery store, look at the businesses, gas stations, restaurants, car washes, movie theaters, etc. Most of the businesses aren’t looking to hire Einstein’s. They need simple people, who are content doing simple jobs for simple wages. By stunting children’s education, schools guarantee American industry a massive pool of low-skilled labor.
There is proof of this conspiracy and many others in my book.
You’re NOT Convinced You Want to Homeschool
There is so much more to say. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and the PG tip at that. I never expected that this post would undo centuries of relentless pro-school propaganda. But hopefully it has got you questioning our sacred schools. If you need to know more, the entire truth about America’s schools is in my new book: REVEALING school.
People have claimed that schools dumb kids down, and REVEALING school is the book that shows you how it’s being done. Part 3 of REVEALING school uncovers things about education that have never before been talked about. Part 3 is groundbreaking. It will shock you and yet, you will wonder why you never saw it before; the conspiracy of school was hidden in plain sight.
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Michelle Gockley says
Thank You for your post.
No thanks says
Christians are fucking niggers.
Stacy Renee says
Thank you for this post! I really want to homeschool my daughter (Pre – K) even though the schools in my area are well loved. There are just so many things that she will not learn in school and I want to be the one to teach her!
I completely agree. But you can teach her those things WHILE she’s in school, right? The same way, there are so many things she will not learn at home if she doesn’t go to school, namely, social aptitude.
Hect Cast says
Still with the “socialization” argument after everything he wrote? Homeschooling provides much more socialization than school, if you do it right.
You see, we noticed that our kids were going to go through grade school, and possibly middle school with the same group of classmates. That means they will only really be socializing with THOSE kids. Not really any new kids would be coming into their circle.
Meanwhile, now at home, we have them in various sports (soccer, ice skating, karate) in which they have PLENTY of friends. We put them in classes they are interested in (robotics, science, speech/debate) in which they have to step out of their comfort zone and MEET and SOCIALIZE with new people.
We get to teach them business at home, and they are selling homemade slime to the neighborhood kids, with whom they also SOCIALIZE with during free play outside (which they get plenty of!).
Our kids as I write this are at an aquatics camp (while all their neighborhood friends are at school) and they are having so much fun, and socializing with kids they just met!!! Do you think their ex-classmates are meeting new kids today? Doubt it.
Trust me, look again at homeschooling, it’s sooo worth it.
My wife will look back at her time with the kids, and they will look back, and they will feel so fulfilled, knowing she made the most out of her small window of time with these little guys.
Whether I decide to homeschool my children or not; the fact that after this article anyone would still try to use the “socialization” card simply means that you need to go back to elementary school and learn how to read and think critically. 😂😂
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Great post! Thank you for saying what a lot of us already know, but are a little nervous to say!
Your website looks like a treasure trove of information – I look forward to sifting through & gathering some new tools for my tool-belt!
Wonderful encouragement for homeschoolers!
J lane says
I am a little (or a lot) bothered by this article. My husband and I are raising two boys in a Christian home and we have decided public school is where we want our boys to be educated. I myself am a teacher and do not feel that I would be capable of homeschooling our children for various reasons and have chosen against private school. That being said, I believe homeschool does work well for some families, just wouldn’t for ours.
I am really disturbed reading this article that you claim to be faith based yet are SO judge mental against public schools and those in them. Many points were bothersome to me but this most of all…in point 9, you say the decision “is about faith and if you had to choose between kids who couldn’t count to 10 or read a single word,but loved the lord with all their heart, you’d choose children who honored God”. Wow! That’s pretty much a slap in the face to those of us who are Christians raising up Christian children. Ours are in public school, so they’re probably dumb, and on top of that, they probably don’t love the Lord and for sure don’t honor God!
Homeschooling a good thing? For sure. However, if you truly consider yourselves a Christ-based company please read your words carefully and make sure they would be ones that Christ would say to others and please remember those that Christ would often surround himself with, not other believers, but sinners. Plus, I don’t think we are here to judge. That’s His job. Aren’t we called to be the light in this dark world?
I think that you are taking what I said out of context. I never said children in public school don’t love the Lord, nor did I say that they are dumb. I simply said that as a Christian parent, if I had to choose between an “educated” child and one who loved the Lord, loving the Lord is more desirable.
Also, it is not judgemental to warn parents about public school; it is “being the light in a dark world.” At least 88% of the kids in my family grew up in the church and then turned their backs on the Lord. I wasn’t walking with the Lord during my schools days, either.
I don’t want that to happen to your kids, or anyone else’s kids. If trying to warn other parents makes me judgemental in your eyes, then I am sorry you feel that way. With all my heart, I wish you and your family the best. I hope that all of your kids are among the exceptions, among the kids who come out the other end of school unscathed.
Mrs. Warde says
I left my family’s church when I graduated high school because that’s when I left home and the roof over my head was no longer dependent on obedience to a cult that did not care about me or my faith. I was baptized in another church that kept true to Biblical teaching once I was 18 and my grandparents/legal guardians could no longer prevent me from doing so.
I think you’re mixing causation and correlation, which are not equal. And telling people that they have a 70-88% chance of their children losing their faith/ending up in hell if they send them to school is incredibly irresponsible and an unChristian load of guilt onto those who can not homeschool. Not every family can, not every family *should.*
I did not come up with the data but I trust it, and have found it to be true among my own family and friends. Although a few of us have returned to our faith, most in my family have not. So, understanding the gravity of the situation, I feel it is unChristian not to speak out and warn parents. And I would assume that most parents love their children enough that they rather be warned of the danger, then unknowingly expose their children to potential harm.
And to the parents who truly can’t homeschool because they need school as a form of childcare, they of all people need to know what they are up against so that they can take the extra precautions.
I wish someone would have warned my parents. I think that it could have saved them a lot of heartache in the long run.
Thank you I went to a private school when I was younger and I got a great faith based education and I did socialize with many people (our teachers would let us talk quietly during projects) I do agree that to some families homeschooling is better but to say it’s better for everyone is just idiotic.
You just don’t understand what public school is. Read the book or study educational psychology or check out some videos on youtube about group think.
Thank you for sharing so many wonderful resources
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Erika JM says
Very informative post.
Samantha Vinyard says
Thank you for your candor. I desperately want to home school my two boys. I’ve felt a spiritual pull to it even before they were born. I have fear of course, that I will fail my children, but I cannot ignore the Spirit’s pull for me to teach the hearts. This gives me inspiration and hope that I can accomplish my goals and do so with grace and fun too.
Lexie Tobey says
I am thirteen and I completely agree with all of the things you talked about in the article. I am trying to convince my parents to homeschool me, as most days after going to school (public) I end up crying, and I have completely lost my love for learning. Please pray that things will get better for me and my parents will choose to do this.
Sabriena F says
Let us know if you are able to have your wish granted. My husband and I were both homeschooled our entire lives, and we felt SO BLESSED for it. I also think that homeschooling is the only way, the safest way, and the educationally superior way to go. I truly hope you are able to become a homeschooler. It will change your life!
I am so sorry to hear this, Lexie. I feel terrible that this is happening to you. Are you bullied?
I still think (and many of my friends do) that bullying teaches us a lot about ourselves. Trust me, in the beginning, it is downright awful. But, we gradually learn how to deal with bullies, and that makes us feel invincible!
We feel that if we warded off bullies in our youth, then we can certainly deal with the bullies at work or in other situations!
I think that it’s important to go through all experiences in life, whether good or bad. I know it feels absolutely terrible right now, but don’t worry, Lexie, you WILL get through it. Almost all of us go through it, and there IS a way out.
Sabriena, you do say that it is the safest way, and I cannot disagree with that. But it is also very sheltered, and not in a good way, I would say. In the future, there will definitely be work environments that are not so safe, in terms of bullying and foul language. Many of my friends who used to be homeschooled felt extremely socially inept. Having these life experiences is important for development.
This is the dumbest article I have ever read. Social Suicide? Conspiracy? Satan? You have gone off the deep end. I was curious if there were going to be any good points, and am left thinking that only nut jobs home school their kids.
Though I believe that home-schooling may not be the right way to go, I do have to say that this view is quite extreme.
All (or most) parents have good intentions for their kids and want to do the best they can for them. Unfortunately, this can mean making them learn inside their house, not maturing their social intelligence, and only understanding one viewpoint until they are 18.
I’m twelve, and have been homeschooled all my life and it’s cool. Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂
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Munira Malik says
The “best” post I have read in my entire ‘To homeschool or not’ search! Thank you and God bless you.
I liked much of your commentary here, and appreciate the positive light you have shown on the benefits of homeschooling. I will be trying it for the first time this year with my child.
My bone of contention is with your wording and the (perhaps unintentional – but I’m here to tell you, it didn’t translate well) underlying racial connotations therein. I understand that a bully can be of any color, but we all understand that the word “thug” in generally used for black “criminal-types.” In your analogy of “violent street thug” vs. “small nerdy kid”, the visual becomes racialized to black vs. white. What exactly prevented you from simply using bullies in general vs. more introverted kids? You compound with “parts of town” and “people we don’t associate with.”
Now, I’m all for inculcating in our children our values, and I do agree that school undermines this. But if you are teaching your kids that certain “parts of town” are filled with “people we don’t associate with”, and that bullies are often “violent street thugs” that public/private schools “lock” “small nerdy kids” with, then perhaps you are part of the problem.
I just didn’t care for the snooty tone and feel that it greatly weakens your advocacy of homeschooling.
As for me and mine, I will homeschool to protect my kids from bullies, curriculums, and values I don’t care for, including the casually racist ones. My kids will be taught to value people from either side of the tracks, and be encouraged to develop skills to interact with people from all walks of life.
You should be able to teach your child proper values and morals, but still, send them to school. If you grow up teaching them a single way of life, that inhibits their creativity. They will go to work one day, finally released from your shackles, and will be so surprised to see that racist bullies exist in the workforce.
And they definitely do.
The experiences we have in school (and occasionally college) make us learn just how to learn, and allow us to understand all viewpoints, before making decisions on our own.
Ashley Wright says
Great post! I always love to read about homeschooling. I think it’s great article for those parents who want to consider homeschool. I would love to sit down with the parents and explain to them how important it is to you that they give it a chance. I liked the reasons you have shared to start homeschooling.
John Parker says
In homeschooling parents are able to allow their kids the freedom from the hectic schedule of traditional school. When it comes to homeschooling it means learn with fun and young kids learn so fast through play. If anyone out there is planning to homeschool, then it’s going to take a lot of courage and commitment, and you must be serious because your children’s future is dependent upon how well you do your job.
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Chris James says
Great post! I know that there are some amazing teachers out there even teachers that are way more talented than us. However, no one loves and cares for the well-being of our child like us. It is really such a blessing to our home all learning together.
Sean K says
It’s a ball park figure that around 2.04 million k12 children are homeschooled in the USA. It is a 75% increase since 1999. Currently around 3 to 4% of kindergartens to 12 students nationwide are homeschooled, it has been said by the experts that it’s going to increase in the next 5-10 years.
With the homeschooling, people are fascinating toward the online schooling too; I have seen that many parents get confused with the homeschooling and virtual learning because the approach are the same in both type of schooling students can complete their schooling from the home.
I think in the future online schooling is going to replace the homeschooling options and it’s better than homeschooling.
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How absolutely ludicrous! I agreed with your points until you mentioned the religious one. I suppose it can mean something because many people in the world are religious. But, the fact that you bolded the word “failure” was absolutely ludicrous!
Have you ever stopped to consider that those young kids learned SCIENCE? They are quite capable of making their own decisions. By controlling them in this environment, you are not teaching them how the real world works.
They need all experiences in life to understand what it’s about, to unlock their full potential as individuals and reach self-actualization.
I do agree that our education system is flawed. It is absolutely awful, and I cannot even begin to describe the problems that we are facing. I am unsure what will happen with the new political figures as well.
However, I intensely believe that schooling is important. For that reason, I believe that we can always improve our education system, and/or send our kids to a better school in the area. If you are so invested in teaching your kids at home, then perhaps you would be so invested to put some effort in finding a good school for your kids to attend.
The education systems of many European countries like Switzerland and Finland are much better than the United States of America. I believe we should try to alter our system, rather than boycott it completely, leading to a lack of many essential skills.
Public School is better.
Ralph Mojica(12 years old)
I’m glad you like it Ralph. Best of luck!
No thanks says
Christians are dumb.
Victor S says
“School is Social Suicide” hahaha. How can you actually think that being cooped up in the house all day only talking to mommy and daddy is better for social skills than being thrown into a building full of other people from different family backgrounds and lifestyles. I pity your kids.
Yes victor, I am a vampire that has everything delivered to me so I don’t have to step out of my house. lol That is very silly of you to think that is what homeschoolers do. There is no other social environment in real life like school other than jail and maybe the military. If you research educational psychology, you will find that they are socializing children in a very different way than what you just described. If you had a child or loved one that committed suicide because of bullying or other social pressures at school I don’t think you would be laughing. I really encourage you to look into the origins of our public system in America, maybe read Revealing School with an open mind.
You’re kids are going to be retarded you fucking Jesus freaks.
I hope you have really great kids that know how to argue without name calling and throwing a fit. Proof is in the pudding I guess. lol God Bless!
Sara Ellen says
I homeschool my son, and we both love it. We do it for a large number of reasons some of which are: more quality education, one on one time, being able to focus on her specific strengths and weaknesses, a lot more family time, time to teach life skills, a place to focus on religion, etc. Actually, we did it online, he still has plenty of time left over for just being a kid. I haven’t regretted my decision once! 🙂
Okay, I’m intrigued and want to read more about the history of the development of public school. Before I buy the book I must ask – are the sources you learned all of this cited in the book and are they reputable?
Yes, they are all cited in the back of the book and are from the original source. Most are psychological studies and historical documents.
This is the stupidest dogshit I have read in a long time. “Satan wants you to go to school.” Shut the fuck up. “School is social suicide” is fucking retarded. All your kid is going to know is mommy and daddy, that’s it. They will have no social life and miss out on every experience childhood as well as growing up has to offer. Just because you’re a crazy Jesus psycho doesn’t mean your kid should have to be. Its sad you won’t even let you’re own child make this decision. You’re going to hell
Super Mango says
Don’t be rude Bopman1210! Get ahold of your temper! Just cause your not Christian doesn’t mean you can go around insulting them! Besides, if you worry that homeschooling won’t give the child a social life, think again. Many homeschooling parents sign their children up for after-school classes. Or, there are many homeschool groups.
Come on, Don’t be negative. Homeschooling and learning about Jesus are better than social life.
Thanks for this article. I’d have to respectfully disagree though, homeschool is not for everyone. I was homeschooled until the third grade and it was very difficult. When you mentioned about feeling stupid, I finally actually felt like I had some intelligence when I went to public school. That’s because my mom was not patient and got so irritated and yelled at me if I didn’t understand something. My mom pushed me so hard, I hated learning. I had to work from 9-4pm and I didn’t get much breaks. I read a lot and I wanted to go to public school because i could see other kids coming home at 3pm and I wanted that too. My mom thankfully listened to me and I thrived in public school. Our relationship got closer, and now as an adult, we are really close. I loved school too because i could actively share my faith. I’m just saying some moms are not cut out for homeschooling, and that is ok. I am actually considering it for my child, because I actually like kids and teaching, but I know its not for everyone. Thanks to public school, I actually have happy memories and was allowed to be a kid in my childhood. Seriously the happy memories started when I was 8 and had a loving patient teacher at public school.
I like the idea of homeschooling and creating a close bond with them. But I have two questions. Fist, will they become too atached to their parents? Will my kids become to dependent of me?. Second, when they are teenagers and want to start dating and meeting new people, how do you handle that? Kids don’t stay kids forever.
Love the post, very informative.
I suggest you listen to Risen Motherhood’s recent podcast episodes on the FREEDOM we have in CHRIST to choose what is the best education for our own family. There are plenty of points I agree with you on, but you have no authority to say that homeschool
Is for every family. That’s not for you to decide. Jesus is bigger than the public school system. Not only that, he is PRESENT there and works in and through kids and teachers and administrators everyday. I know firsthand. I met Jesus when i was sixteen thanks to a group of kids who showed me the love of Christ for the first time. If every Christian child was homeschooled, who would love on the kids in public schools? The great commission applies to high school kids too. I pray that God opens your eyes to the bigger picture. Don’t put him in a box!
Yo moma says
Oh, look. An idiot with a blog!
Thank you for your wonderful post. I am excited to read your book and am strongly considering homeschooling my children. I attended many California Distinguished public schools in various nice suburbs of Los Angeles. Some of the best public schools in our country. I was always more intelligent than my grade level and was not encouraged to realize my potential at all. I witnessed horrible racism, bigotry, and hatred on a daily basis. I did drugs and had sex. It was commonplace to torment kids with mental disabilities. A friend of mine who was an African American student actually called himself the “n” word and let people put out their cigarettes on his arm so that he could fit in. Yay socialization! My mother’s side of the family was Jewish and I was ridiculed and bombarded with antisemetic and cruel insults daily for more than a decade. If you were not being cruel to someone else in public school then you were on the receiving end; nobody was neutral. These arare not things a child needs to learn to accept because they will be present in the workplace. I can see absolutely no benefit to public school and am excited to homeschool my children. To the parents that send your children to public school: if you had the faintest idea what you were putting your children through you would be disgusted and overwhelmed with guilt.
Oh! that`s great this best time to move on homeschooling and also we grab the new technology it is very necessary to join this digital ERA
Gloria Scalise says
Thank you for this article. We started homeschooling our daughter this year. Some days I’m on cloud nine and other days are tough! It’s those days I need to read this article and be reminded of all the benefits to me and her! Thank you again!