Q&A: What are reasons people home-school their children?

Question by Kate: What are reasons people home-school their children?

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Answer by Emily
It could be that the family travels to much to stay at one school or one of the parents has a job that requires them to move alot.
Also the child could have a illness preventing them from attending school.

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7 comments to Q&A: What are reasons people home-school their children?

  • Sian x

    Some parents and carers home-school their children because they might not be doing so well previously, so they want to give their children more space and time so their children can develop. Other reasons can be – if they live too far away from school, bullying, a childs attitude, a long term illness and if they move alot. But it’s not always best to do it because a child can get lonely by not having a lot of friends and won’t have enough social skills for when they get older. Also if a child is home-schooled they might not get the best education, espiecially if a parent or carer decides to teach them thereselves.

    But some families have to due to religious reasons.

    Hope I helped.

  • sha_lyn68

    Ask 10 homeschool families and you will likely get 10 different answers. Some of the many answers are:

    School Environment
    Works with parenting style
    Works with parent/families lifestyle
    Works with the Parents work schedule
    Can tailor the curricula to fit the needs of the individual student
    Religious beliefs

  • K

    Ask five different families and you’ll get five different answers. Since no two families are the same, no set of reasons are going to be exactly the same.

    I homeschool because I live in a district where we have lost our accreditation, have a 50% graduation rate, the state average scores for the competency exams runs in the 35th percentile, we’re rated 48th in the nation for education, there’s no such thing as open enrollment here and the legislature has outlawed charter schools. So you either fork out $ 6,000 to $ 30,000 per kid for a somewhat decent education or you don’t get one. I don’t have that kind of cash, so we’re going with the DIY route.

    Reasons to homeschool might include the failure of the public schools in the area, kids with IEPs whose needs aren’t being met or accommodations given, families who live in violent school districts, kids who have medical needs, and you might be surprised at how many homeschoolers are teachers who have quit their jobs and pulled their kids; it surprised me, anyway. As one of them said, “Does that raise any red flags to you? If your neighbor the seismologist packed up her family in the car and waved, shouting “Good luck!” as she drove away, wouldn’t you at least think about buying earthquake insurance?”

    I have never met anyone who homeschools out of the desire to keep their kid isolated, controlled, or religiously indoctrinated; then again, I don’t hang with that kind of crowd, so I’m not likely to meet them.

  • David

    To avoid corrupt teaching such as communistic and socialistic beliefs
    To avoid child being pushed to vote for a certain government party
    To avoid the the constant push of atheistic ideas that are not scientifically proven but are taught as true
    Religious purposes
    Lack of good schools in an area
    To ensure child is taught properly
    A child might be smarter than current grade level
    Better schedule
    Overprotective parents (not that protecting against the above is overprotective)

  • Wolf Lover

    Some reasons I know of are:

    Their child doesn’t fit very well in the public education system
    Their child is bullied a lot
    Their child is into something specific (like a certain sport or theatre), and they need a flexible schedule
    Logistics, like they live too far away, or they move a lot

    I was homeschooled for three years of my life, and I’m now taking classes at a community college instead of going to high school. Many of the other homeschoolers I know were homeschooled because they were gifted and the school system didn’t meet their educational needs. Being homeschooled has given me the opportunity to get much further ahead in math than I would have had if I’d gone to school. In addition, I wouldn’t be able to go to community college if I was in school right now, as I’d only be a sophomore.

  • Sara S

    I do it for all of the following reasons. I’ve listed them in order of importance to me and my kids:

    Didn’t like the idea of full-time formal education from an early age; wanted my kids to be able to play when they were little. Very young kids (mine anyway) seem happier if they have access whenever needed to someone who loves them rather than a busy person who is paid to look after them alongside dozens of other children.

    Home education is more efficient and allows us to cover academics in far less time than at school, freeing up time and energy for in-depth study or hobbies or seeing friends or relaxing.

    School system not appropriate to my younger child’s special needs.

    School was too restrictive socially. My older child likes to associate with people of different ages and actually spend most of her time talking and playing rather than having to be quiet in order not to disrupt the class. The younger one, on the other hand, doesn’t like crowds or noise, and wouldn’t enjoy spending all day every day in an overcrowded room.

    They can work at their own pace and on subjects which interest them and never need to be bored or left behind.

    No comparisons, no competition, no grades, no self-esteem issues related to classroom “performance”. They just learn whatever they need to learn whenever the time is right.

    They learn for the sake of learning and not because someone is making them do it, so they do not see learning as work and never find it unpleasant.

    It’s fun for me. I can see them grow up, and can know them and be part of their lives in a way that wouldn’t be possible if they spent 30+ hours a week elsewhere.

  • MommyJA

    I home school my kids for the following reasons: to teach the Bible and to allow my gifted daughter to move along at her own pace and pursue her interests.

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