Is Homeschooling the Best Way to Educate? [Article]
An article in Business Insider proclaims: “Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century.”
The article runs through a litany of reasons, most of which are likely familiar to you already, detailing why homeschooling makes sense. First and foremost, it is personal by design, allowing the curriculum and even sequence of study to be customized to fit the needs and interests of each child. The article cites one homeschool mom, Alison Davis, who points out that homeschooling is also more like the real world:
You’re not going to be put in a work environment where everybody came from the same school and everybody is the same age.
The article also mentions benefits like the avoidance of cliques and peer pressure, and debunks recurring myths about homeschooling.
Not long ago, homeschooling was illegal, or barely legal. Even as recently as a decade ago, homeschooling was viewed with suspicion and distrust and largely thought of by society at large as something mainly done for religious reasons. In recent years, it is becoming much more widely embraced and celebrated, as evidenced by articles like the one in Business Insider.
The article concludes with a nod to the natural role of parents in educating children for success, regardless of where their child goes to school. The article shares results from a recent survey of 165,000 high school students which found that fewer than half of surveyed students felt prepared for college and beyond. In commenting on this survey, the article states:
Maybe that’s because a lot of the responsibilities we heap onto schools are jobs better suited for parents. Perhaps Alison has found such success with Luke and Amanda because she can hack through the busy work and red tape and just focus on what her kids need.
While nothing in this article is news to most of us, it is encouraging to see homeschooling being championed in the public square. Homeschooling parents already know they’re doing good work because they see the day-to-day growing of their children. But on those days where they feel like they’re not doing a good enough job, they need to know how important their dedication to their children’s success is, and that their dedication will reap a bountiful harvest.