We are what people call “Home Educators”. My wife does most of the educating at home of our 3 children. At this time we have an 11 year old, a 10 year old, and an ~5 year old. Homeschooling is a time consuming activity, against the social norm, and pretty much a life altering experience.
The most common question that we get is “that’s interesting, why are you homeschooling?”. (excluding the ‘Socialization’ question, which is bogus)
So, here is a list of some reasons:
- As the parents, we believe that we should be the primary influence on our children’s beliefs at this age. Spiritual, Political, Social, Financial, etc.
- As parents, we believe that God has given us the primary responsibility for educating our children.
- We believe that families function better if they spend more time together.
- We want to develop the Character of our children, and not let someone else do that.
- We believe that the relationships that are being built now will last a lifetime.
- We want to protect our young children from many things: negative peer pressure; bullying; shallow thinking; greed; a consumerist mentality; hopelessness; poor self image; early exposure to inappropriate content.
- We see our children as a gift from God, and want to enjoy them.
- We like the schedule flexibility.
- We like being in touch with their educational needs and accomplishments, and help meet those appropriately.
- We want to ensure that we agree with the contents of the educational resources that our children use.
- We want to control and sometimes limit our children’s exposure to other children and their influences from home. (no Sponge Bob, Twilight, or Harry Potter in this house)
- We want our children to love learning as much as possible, and hopefully instill and nurture that love for a lifetime.
- Because we can!
Our children are very healthy physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. They love learning, they still hold hands with their parents, they have good friends.
Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I had been homeschooled. Maybe I could tell the difference between 12 and 13.
For More information regarding the benefits of Homeschooling, I recommend reading this document: http://www.nheri.org/ResearchFacts.pdf
and visiting the NHERI website: http://www.nheri.org/ (NHERI stands for the National Home Education Research Institute)