With all of the news of school shootings and issues with bullying, you might be considering homeschooling your child or children. But is it truly an ideal switch? Is it possible to teach your child and still keep your day job?
Due to the rising concern with the public school system, parents across the country are beginning to shift their students to homeschool environment versus having a traditional public education. Since 1999, the number of children being homeschooled has increased to 75%, according to a report from Education News. This represents a yearly seven-fold increase in the number of students being educated in a home environment.
Many myths surrounding homeschooling have been unravelled as more and more parents choose to educate their children at home. The first of which revolves around the cost of each student. Parents of homeschool students typically spend around $500-$600 per year whereas public schools spend roughly $10,000 per year on each of their students. The next myth was the belief that students schooled at home do not do as well when they reach college. This is simply not true. Homeschooled students average in the 65th-89th percentiles on standardized school
assessments, proving that having an education outside of the public school system is far more successful.
Another reason parents are moving toward independent education is that the atmosphere does not allow for bullying and there is also no achievement gap between other students based on sex, income level, or ethnicity. Students are much safer in a home environment than a traditional classroom setting. Parents can rest assured that their child’s safety lies in their hands and not someone else’s.
This new trend in the growth of independent education is expected to continue on in large numbers over the next decade as students that were homeschooled in the past have children of their own that they would prefer to be homeschooled as they were, and parents that weren’t homeschooled but choose to have their children independently educated due to the public schools’ decline in academic success across the nation. Many of the schools, especially in large cities, lack funding for academic materials or have cut extracurricular programs that are fundamental to their students’
development such as band or art or even both.
Homeschooling is very flexible. For kindergarteners, you would only need to invest about three hours per day and once they hit first grade and then it’d be a full six hours but the time can be divided up around your work schedule. So if you are considering homeschooling your own child rest assured that it is possible and it can be done. You just have to find what works best for you and your lifestyle.