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?