Homeschooling is a globally growing education solution. This schooling
method gives parents and students more control over their own education
experience, rigor, and pace.
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What does it mean to choose homeschool?
Homeschooling is a choice parents make to remove or never enroll their
school-age children in public or private schools in their district. Many
homeschool parents will argue that online chartered schools do NOT meet
the definition of “Homeschooling.”
Homeschool parents cultivate their own learning programs by picking,
choosing, and combining different homeschool curriculums on the market.
Parents typically vet these curriculums themselves and adjust as
necessary until they find the best fit for their own child. They don’t
have to go it completely alone, though. Many homeschool families are
part of a larger community of homeschool families known as a “co-op”.
Homeschool co-ops are groups of families of homeschooled kids
working cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can organize
social events, community service projects, or field trips that bring
homeschool kids together.
How do homeschooled kids turn out? Will they be behind their publicly-educated peers?
Many families choose to teach their children at home despite false
theories about homeschooled kids. There are misconceptions about how
homeschooled kids develop socially and perform academically. Why do
people homeschool if their kids are going to be academically behind? Why
do people homeschool if homeschooled kids turn out ‘weird’?
While homeschooled children’s experiences may look different, the
National Home Education Research Institute reports that homeschool
students, on average score higher on SAT, ACT, and standardized testing
than students involved in institutional education. NHERI reports that homeschooled kids
are more likely to participate in community-based volunteer work as an
adult than publicly schooled students. They also report data that
indicates homeschooled adults are more likely to vote, and are more
politically tolerant than their institutionally educated peers.
Top 6 Reasons to Homeschool According to Parents
While studies and surveys have turned up dozens of different reasons to
homeschool, there are about 6 emerging trends when this question is
brought up among homeschool parents and families. Futuclass decided to
dig into the depths of the internet’s data realm and figure out what
motivates families to pull their children from institutionalized
education. Why do people homeschool?
1. Safety and Control of Environment
Almost a quarter of surveyed parents cite safety and security as their
number one reason for choosing to homeschool their kids. With the rise
in school violence across the globe, parents fear the security
limitations of their local districts.
Having complete control over their child’s educational environment
means many things to parents. It means reducing exposure to violence.
Eliminating the presence of drugs. Negating peer pressure - all things
that can go unchecked in crowded school hallways.
Bullying and cyberbullying are making headlines as students are
suffering at the hands of their peers. A lot of this behavior
originates at school and can be eliminated by pulling students out of
their public district or institution.
2. One on One Attention and Instructional Quality
Students who are struggling can ‘fly under the radar’ among a larger
class of their peers. We see this when class sizes get too large.
(Spoiler alert! Reason #6)
But did you know that an entire class of students can ‘fly under
the radar’ among a group of same-aged peers? It’s a fact that some
school districts are providing sub-par or inadequate instruction in
one or more subjects. Those students are falling behind by national
There are a lot of reasons why a district is delivering lousy
instruction. They may be using flawed delivery methods. They may need
additional training to deliver the material. They may lack support
resources, materials, and technology. Schools are often not meeting or
even addressing basic education standards set forth by their governing
In these circumstances, the disparity between students and their
same-age peers grows year over year. The only solution some parents
see is to handle it on their own before it’s too late. Parents of homeschooled kids say they feel they can deliver higher quality
instruction at home than is available to their child within their home
district or alternative institutions.
3. Morals and Values Instruction
While guidance counselors put a lot of effort into anti-bullying,
kindness, and activism programming in most public schools - it falls
short according to some parents. Raising good citizens is as important
as raising smart ones. Many parents cite their reasons to homeschool
as being backed by moral convictions. They want more community service
and volunteer opportunities integrated into their child’s education.
Being productive members of society, and good stewards of the
environment and its resources are secondary to programming students
for standardized testing. It’s because of this lack of direct moral
lesson planning that some parents choose to educate their students at
NHERI reports that adults who were homeschooled
are more likely to internalize the values and beliefs of their parents
at a high rate, which is exactly what some homeschooling parents hope for.
4. Religious Environment
With a clear line of separation between church and state, public
schools are not able to offer religion anything more than a historical
context. In the US, prayer and worship are now allowed in publicly
While this may seem to go hand-in-hand with the morals and values
instruction, parents who cite religious reasons for homeschool often
want a curriculum that is biblically or religiously based.
They are looking not just for encouragement to be good citizens but to
adhere to their particular religious beliefs by ingraining them in as
much of the education process as possible. There are Christian,
Jewish, Muslim, and even Buddhist-based homeschool curriculums that
run a thick thread of religion through the center of their
One of the many difficulties of being a school administrator is doling
out fair and appropriate discipline. It becomes a bone of contention
with parents who believe their child has been over-disciplined, or
that an aggressor has been under-disciplined.
Disagreements about discipline often boil down to published school
policy. With these policies in writing in widely distributed
handbooks, it doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle-room for discretion based
on circumstances. So a student smuggling a switchblade knife in their
locker ends up with the same punishment as the kid who forgot to take
their nerf gun out of their backpack this weekend.
This inability to compromise with parents on discipline has caused
plenty of parents to pull their children from school. This ensures
that they have complete control over proper discipline for academic
and behavioral infractions.
6. Class Size
Large class sizes can overwhelm even the best teachers. Students who
are struggling get left in the dust. Students with special needs or
learning disabilities get lost in the shuffle. They often can’t be
given adequate accommodations to succeed.
Having a huge class size eats up a lot of transitional time. This
means less time spent per day on meaningful instruction. This lost
instructional time translates into lower student achievement. Class
size is one of the first things parents ask when scoping out new or
potential school districts.
Small class size can be a huge selling point or bragging right for a
school. It often goes hand in hand with increased student achievement.
One of top the reasons to homeschool comes back to keeping a child
from falling through the cracks. Parents want their child to get
meaningful instruction, and some individualized attention.
So what causes huge class sizes? It boils down to budgets. School
districts can’t afford to add teachers, or building space to spread
students out and lower class size. This is something that is out of
parents’ control, and they find the solution in homeschooling.
How Do Parents Prepare Homeschooled Kids for the 21st Century?
Teaching students in 2021 is a different world than teaching students in
1995. Textbooks have transformed into iPads. Lunchmoney is loaded on
debit cards. Elective classes include subjects like computer-aided
drafting, computer programming, and advanced AP classes. Chemistry,
biology, and physics have become inquiry-based and hands-on.
How are parents possibly expected to keep up with these subjects at home - especially if they don’t have a modern teaching degree in their
toolbox? The simple answer is to rely on experts. Just like we’d call a
contractor to build an addition on our home, calling in the
professionals to construct parts of our child’s education can be
Why do parents homeschool if they don’t know how to teach it all? Not
even trained public school teachers know how to teach it all. This is
where Futuclass comes in. Homeschooled kids can experience engaging and
interactive chemistry, biology and physics lessons right in their own
homes, with no need for an expensive lab! Safety is one of the most
commonly cited reasons to homeschool.
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