Wow, I can’t get over how many responses I’ve received to the Homeschooling video I uploaded the other day. I’ve heard from students, parents and even educators as to why or why not Homeschooling is a good idea. I receive the following email (with a top 5!) from Jonathan B as to why he is in favor of educating your child at home.
- Freedom of Choice – I like Homeschooling for the simple reason that it gives parents more choice in how their children are educated. Obviously, there are some courses that are required by law to be taken, but it seems to me outside of that a parent can structure what a child learns. If they want a more religious-based education, then so be it. Being a Libertarian, I’m always excited by things where people are given choices, not forced to swallow something, hook, line and sinker.
- Freedom of Speed – Since the average public or private school is kept with in the confines of daily lesson plans, I like that a child can graduate from high school through Homeschooling at whatever pace they choose. Again, it all boils down to what the child and parent chooses to do, and what their capabilities are. They can go beyond the daily lessons or stay within those confines. Again the freedom of choice is something that I really like.
- Broadening an Education – I believe there is room for more alternative education in Homeschooling. Who doesn’t like the idea of being able to plan things such as field trips that broaden a child’s young mind with experiences – and ultimately, knowledge – that helps them in other aspects of life.
- Success – I would cite some of the success stories of Homeschooling, considering the fact that there are several Homeschoolers who participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee almost yearly. For us sports fans, a well-known and successful Homeschooler is Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the University of Florida Gators. Tim was allowed by Florida law to play for Nease High School, even though he was a Homeschooler.
- Not as Anti-Social as some People Think – One of the prevalent stigmas is that children being Homeschooled are thought to be less socially stimulated than the children who are educated in public or private schools. For the most part, this in my estimation would be rather inaccurate. Lets not stigmatize the whole institution of Homeschooling, as many children in the U.S. do their Homeschooling with their peers, go on field trips, and even in some cases play sports in local high schools or community-based cooperatives.
To close, I like the options and freedom that come with homeschooling. I prefer to educate my future children as I would see fit. And I am sure the average, blue-collar mom and dad, if able too, would love to have some say, if not total say, in their child’s or children’s education without throwing them into the U.S. education system. I believe that homeschooling can be an instrument of personal and individual freedom.