Home Schooling I

January 25, 2015

Home Schooling I

            More and more parents are homeschooling their children. Since 1999 there has been a 75% increase in the number of children who are home schooled. It is now estimated that over 2.04 million children in the U. S. are being home schooled. Of the parents who home school their children, 73% give as their reason their dissatisfaction with the American school system.

It should be said that not all public school teachers are at fault. Some are sincere and do their best to teach their children. Some are frustrated because of the text books they are expected to use and the ideology of the school administration. Some public schools are governed by conservative school board members. When that is the case, they are careful to screen the teachers they hire and the curriculum and the books that are used.

Home schooling isn’t for everyone. It demands a sacrifice on the part of parents. Many times mothers have to give up their outside employment and be a stay at home mom. That means that they live on a lower economic level. It also demands a measure of self-discipline that not all parents have. Before you choose to home school your children, you need to take heed to the words of Jesus in Luke 14:28. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

Many parents haven’t considered home schooling because they have been conditioned to think that the education of their children must be left to professionals who have a college degree and are accredited. If we consider the facts, we must accept the fact that, many times, the professionals aren’t getting the job done. To the contrary, many times, home makers without a college degree are having more success than the professionals. Having a college degree to be a teacher is a tremendous asset. Part of the problem is that many colleges are teaching future teachers to indoctrinate rather than educate.

I wouldn’t advocate home schooling If I wasn’t convinced that it is advantageous for your children. For the most part, my wife and I home schooled our six children. Three of them went on to get a college degree. All have been successful in life. None have ever been welfare recipients.

Just the fact that a child has spent twelve years in school doesn’t mean that he or she is educated. That is true for both home school and public school children. Opponents of home schooling like to cite examples of home schooled children who were poorly educated. Of course, those who home school can easily cite examples of public school children who were also poorly educated.

When considering home schooling, it will be advantageous for you to study the facts. Fortunately, surveys have been done so that comparisons can be made regarding the achievements of home school children and those who attend public school. If you are interested, you can do your own research. I have done some for you, but don’t just take my word for it. Helpful information is available on line. Regarding the comparisons, you can find helpful information by going to google and typing in “home schooling vs public school.” There is a web site that is said to be the world’s most visited home school site. It is: www.home-school.com. There you will find a wealth of information about home schooling. They also have a magazine that I’m sure home school parents find helpful.

Statistics show that, of the children who are being home schooled, 17.3 % of the fathers are accountant/engineers. Another 16.9% are professors/doctors and 10.7% are small business owners. That doesn’t mean the fathers are instructing their children. Most often their wives carry the majority, if not all the burden. The men should back up their wives and support them when there are discipline problems. It isn’t necessary that the parents be professionals, but they do need to have a sufficient level of education to have a good knowledge of the material being taught to their children. Nearly always home school teachers grow in knowledge along with their children.

It is an encouragement to see that home schooled children out perform public school children on test scores. The following are some statistics:

Subject Home schooled children Public schooled children
Language 84 50
Math 84 50
Science 86 50
Social Studies 84 50
Reading 89 50
Combination of all subjects 85.4 50

 

Home school students graduate from college at a higher rate than their peers. The comparisons are 66.1% for home schooled children vs 57.5% for public schooled children.

Our children are our most important asset. What you contribute to them will give you great satisfaction as you see them succeed. Home schooling is an investment you need to make in your children. Do your best for them.

On my web page under “Christian home” see also my articles “Home Schooling I,” “A Child’s Education Begins At Home” and “A Contrast Between Education And Indoctrination.”   If you have questions or comments they can be sent to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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