In the United States, homeschooling is legal and there are more students taking advantage of this opportunity each year. In many other countries public education is a mandatory law and it is in these countries that homeschooling is illegal. Some of these countries in Europe where homeschooling is outlawed are Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Herz, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, San Marina, Serbia, Slovakia and Sweden. In North America, countries that do not approve of homeschooling are Cuba, El Salvador, Greenland, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago. Homeschooling is also illegal in one area of South America and that is Brazil.
In Asia, there are two countries that prohibit homeschooling by law and they are Turkey and South Korea. There are a variety of reasons that trigger the decisions of parents to place their children in an approved homeschool. Safety, religions, emotional problems, cultures, schedules and curriculum are just a few reasons why parents choose homeschooling for their children. In the United States today, there are more than 1.5 million students that are homeschooled. Sometimes the situation can be very challenging switching the student to a new learning environment. There are major differences between public school and home school environment. One major difference is the learning environment because homeschooling provides a more relaxed, safe, familiar and comfortable environment that encourage the student to learn.
In public schools, students face a variety of distractions that cause problems with learning. There are large learning groups and instruction is less individualized. The curriculums are faster paced and this can cause some to fall behind. Many socialization problems occur in a regular school system. Bullying is a major problem in a regular school system and has become increasingly disturbing to victim students so much that in some cases lead the student to committing suicide. There is much stress in a traditional school setting that students have to deal with and this can affect their grades.
Homeschooling has a variety of great benefits and some of them are no negative influences from peers, schedules that fit the students needs, personal attention, meaningful relationships, effective teaching and learning. In the United States, homeschooling laws differ from state to state. There are home study programs and homeschooling programs that are approved by the Department of Education. Many students with learning disabilities also benefit from homeschooling because it allows the student to work at their own pace and their are no distraction compared to a regular school system. If you are interested in switching your children to an approved homeschooling program, then you can contact their schools or the Department of Education for an application. A parent may choose to teach their children or hire a certified teacher for private instruction.
In countries where homeschooling is outlawed sometimes there is no logical reason. In America, homeschoolers often outscore public school students in every academic area. There are a variety of public schools that fail to educate students. In public schools, many teachers are not trained to deal with students that are disabled, have learning disabilities, physical limitations and other challenges. Learning at home can help the student overcome these challenges because they get the proper attention, learning, care and special curriculum they need.