Compelling Reasons for Homeschooling
People choose the option of homeschooling their children for a variety of
For many years, homeschooling was the purview of those families who lived in rural areas and
found the cost and/or time it would take to transport their children to school unbearable. For these people,
homeschooling was and continues to be the only real option when it comes to their children’s education. Many rural
families have traditionally relied on their children to help around the house, and thus homeschooling allowed them
to pursue their studies around the family schedule, and work and education could be fit into the day according to a
Another traditional reason for families choosing the option of homeschool was a fundamental disagreement with
what was or is being taught in other schooling environments. Chief among this group are families whose religious
beliefs clash with the prevailing educational methods. Families who choose the option of homeschooling are not
subject to the rigid curriculum of established schools, and there are many options when it comes to homeschool
resources that can offer as wide or as narrow a field of study as far as worldviews that the parent wishes.
A more recent development in the reason people choose to homeschool their children is that of safety. School
ground violence seems to be increasing, and that has many parents worried. They feel that the best way to keep
their children away from harm is to keep them close.
Hand-in-hand with the safety issue is a concern for the child’s self esteem. Bullying is a common issue within
any school system, as any parent well remembers from their own school days. Many parents cannot bear the thought of
throwing their children into the kind of system that breeds a pack mentality, and are choosing instead to have them
educated at home.
A very recent development in the reasons for homeschooling is the fluidity in choices that homeschooling
children allow. This is especially apparent in Generation X, who seems to be fairly insistent on independence and
not being tied down to any one place or situation. Homeschooling eliminates the need to plan all vacations around
established school holidays, as the pace is determined by the parent and child.
Finally, parents may choose to homeschool their children because they simply feel they can do a better job than
any educational system. Parent of gifted children do not want to see the child wasted in the hard pressed for both
resources and qualified teachers system that public schooling represents, and private schools are becoming
increasingly unaffordable for the average family. Parents who believe their children need the advantages of a more
intimate education are therefore turning to the option of homeschooling.
The rise in popularity of homeschooling has meant a corresponding rise in the materials available to the parent
who chooses to homeschool. There are resources available to meet any educational needs, and with a little bit of
homework a parent will find the curriculum they feel will best suit their children’s needs.