Monday, February 26, 2007

Why homeschool?

I'm getting to my homeschooling curriculum posts; I'm just really slow at doing the necessary research. I thought this would be a good time to discuss why one should even consider homeschooling. Here is why I intend to home school my children (not necessarily in order of importance to me):

  • Better education - I mean, really! Just look at the average national scores for standardized tests such as the EOG and CAT tests. The ACT and SAT tests keep getting "dumbed down," yet nothing seems to help. Public education has missed the boat somewhere!
  • Safety - I know there are still decent public schools as far as safety goes, but, overall, I simply don't feel that I could rest assured that my children are safe during the day.
  • Philosophy of life - I desire to raise my children according to certain standards and convictions, including the conviction that Jesus Christ is the only true God and that salvation is found only through accepting His blood that He shed for our sins. I believe in the creation of the world in six literal days. I want to be sure that what my children are learning in school is not undermining or contradicting what I am attempting to teach them at home.
  • Shelter - I want to shelter my children from unnecessary and evil influences. The time will come soon enough when they will have to face the world. There's no need to thrust them into a world in which they are not strong enough to stand on their own feet.
  • Flexibility - I like the idea of being able to teach my children according to my family's schedule and needs. Home school is by its very nature more family-oriented than traditional schooling avenues.
  • Smaller class size - need I elucidate further on this one?
These are a few of my reasons for choosing to home school. What are your reasons for choosing your schooling option - home school or otherwise? (Please make sure that anything said is civil and kind, even if you strongly disagree with my decision. I do moderate comment and reserve the right to reject any comment I deem wantonly harsh and combative.)


EEEEMommy said...

Great reasons. One other reason that we homeschool is because of TIME. I believe that quality time can not be forced or fabricated, but comes naturally in the QUANTITY time.
The bigger reason is that my husband and I feel a tremendous responsibility to God for how we raise our kids that just can't be accomplished in the "left-overs" (the time before and after school and in-between activities). Why should strangers get our children's best hours of the day while we get them when they're tired and cranky? It just doesn't make sense to me.
I could go on, but those are the main reasons we do it, and keep doing it!

Revka said...

That is a GREAT point, eeeemommy, and is exactly why I stay home with the kids now instead of shipping them off to daycare or preschool. I just can't see handing my kids over to someone else to raise in my place. I hadn't thought of traditional schools in the same light. Thanks for stopping by and for your input as well. You are welcome back any time.

Karen is Thrifty said...

As far as test scores go, I think there's a lot to be said about the typical family of today. When they talk about test scores on the news and they blame teachers, they don't seem to take into account that Johnny has a dead beat dad, that Susie's mom doesn't get home until 8 p.m., that Sarah's grandmother raises her. And I could go on and on. The homes and families of today are not what they used to be. Sometimes teachers feel like they're pulling their hair out trying to keep up with the expectations while trying to teach children that have a bad attitude and they're hands are tied because traditional discipline methods have been taken away.

There was something else I was going to say, but it just slipped my mind. lol

Mary said...

I've been homeschooling for 5 years now and the best part about it is family-bonding! My girls are each other's best friends...they gladly give each other their last dollar and after a play date with friends they come home and play harder than ever together, like they just need that additional fix! I love it.

I also love the flexibility and the time together that homeschooling allows.