The Number One Reason to Homeschool
By: Davis Carman
I hope the following “top ten” list gives you a reason to smile. These may not be actual reasons that families choose to homeschool, but they sure are some of the real life benefits you can enjoy. Drum roll please.
- Your kids never miss the bus.
- Reading the Bible and prayer are allowed in the classroom.
- You don’t have to make up snow days because you never miss school due to bad weather.
- You don’t need a note for the teacher when you visit the doctor.
- You can wear pajamas all day long if you like.
- Recess can last two hours on a nice, sunny day.
- Your children don’t have to read until they are actually ready.
- Playing with Legos can count as learning.
- The principal and teacher can kiss and hug in front of the students.
- You get to experience God filling in gaps so big that a school bus could drive through them.
According to several research organizations, the current homeschool population in America is estimated to be 1.5 to 2.0 million students. In a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of homeschool students grew 77% from 1999 to 2007. While the growth of the homeschool population is worth noting, a pressing question is “why?” Why are so many families choosing this educational alternative? The NCES study has collected data on this subject.