I remember when I first heard about homeschooling. A few years ago, I was chatting with some people from my church, and they happened to mention that they were homeschooling their children. I must admit, I thought the concept of homeschooling seemed unorthodox and potentially harmful to a child’s social development. But, since then, I’ve seen the many benefits of homeschooling and I’m happy and relieved to say I’ve quickly changed my tune. I am now actively spreading the message of homeschooling to other families I know who have school aged children. Many of those families are interested in pursuing homeschooling as a wonderful option to educate and grow closer to their families. Although I don’t homeschool any children now, I fully intend to in the future, for several good reasons.
There is no escaping the constant reminders of the value of education. Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in western and democratic countries have ample opportunities to pursue post-secondary education in pretty much any field of our own choosing. Usually, however, post-secondary choices are made when we are adults, after we’ve completed secondary school education. By this time, many people will have tried going through the Government (public) schools and had such a horrific experience being educated there that they simply give up trying to pursue their destiny.
Governments can do a wonderful job at supporting and caring for us as human beings, but they do not always know what is best for each individual. Government schools are simply scary places for vulnerable children who are forced to attend a place they may not ever like or ever feel comfortable in. Each person has a different learning style and a different life path and education works better when it’s one on one. However, in public schools, each child is forced to learn in the same way and that can be very harmful. Some children need more time to understand concepts than others, and that can cause anxiety and low self-esteem because of comparisons to other students.
Public schools resemble prisons in so many ways and the teachers are like wardens, forcing each child to conform to the school’s commands. No child should ever be forced to be an inmate. Schools strip many freedoms from families. Homeschooling families have the benefits of many homeschooling groups and associations to help walk out the homeschooling path and build stronger and more self-confident highly educated individuals who will most likely reach for the stars in their lives.