Why Homeschool? Homeschool education is perhaps one of the biggest and most monumental reforms in our education system since mass public schooling took effect about a hundred years ago. As the practice of homeschooling children gains more support from families, many have become increasingly disappointed at the decline in quality of public and private school education in the U.S. And who can blame them? Think about it for a second. Why is it that when our kids take those aptitude tests that measure our rank—in terms of intelligence—in the world, they always score near the bottom? If our public and private schools systems work, how come our kids never score better than an average Asian or European kid in math, science or literature?
Reason #1: Homeschooling encourages children to learn from their mistakes. One of the problems with traditional schools is that they tend to emphasize how it’s ultimately wrong to make mistakes. The more errors your children incur in their exams, the lower their final grades become. Everything is quantified by numbers, and if theirs don’t meet the school’s standards, there are serious consequences. The homeschool movement, on the other hand, teaches children that mistakes can lead people to discoveries. This foundation then is able to hone a culture that isn’t scared to make mistakes and create a generation that recognizes opportunities amidst problems.
Reason #2: Homeschooling turns the world into one big classroom. It encourages curiosity and inspires creativity. Learning is facilitated by different people, like an artist your child meets at the museum, the doctor at the hospital, or the baker at the store. While day school system forces children to sit in class for 6 to 8 hours, 5 days a week, homeschool education teaches them to explore and discover at their own pace. The world becomes their classroom, boundless and never-ending, exactly the way learning and education should be.
There are many more reasons why homeschool is preferred by a growing number of families in the U.S. today. And it varies, depending on the parents’ priorities when it comes to educating their children.
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