Reasons People are Against Homeschooling
Many people you talk to are against homeschooling, but many more are open to the idea and want to know more about it.
Here are some reasons why people are against homeschooling:
- They think that the parent is not qualified
to teach or choose the proper curriculum for the child. It's
interesting that the parent has taught their child to talk, eat, walk,
use the potty, count, and a whole host of other skills. Did parents
purchase a talking curriculum or get a degree when they wanted to teach
their children how to talk ? No, it just came naturally to them.
Homeschooling is just an extension of what you are already doing with
your children. You just keep progressing and use resources along the
- They think that the student will have no friends
and will not be able to relate to people. They also mention words like
"sheltering" and think that students will be too dependent on their
parents. The more homeschool students you meet, the more you see that
this is not the case at all. For the most part, homeschool students are
very well adjusted socially and can talk to a wide
range of people from toddlers to retired folks. They have all day to
interact with their siblings (who might be toddlers), parents,
grandparents, and people in the community. Since students are not picked
on and ridiculed all day long like they might be in public schools,
they tend to have a better self concept and are more confident to talk
- They think parents will not be committed
to making their children get their work done. Many public school
parents are not committed to making their children get their work done.
In most states, homeschool parents have to answer for what they have
accomplished during the course of a year. They either need to have their
children tested or assessed by a public school teacher at the end of
the year. Most families have to sacrifice living on one income so that
one parent can homeschool the children. I don't think parents would let
their children be lazy if they had to make the sacrifices that most
homeschool families have to make.
- They think that there is not enough support for homeschool parents,
that parents become isolated, and that you can't homeschool if you have
an unsupported extended family. Almost every community I know of, where
I live, have some type of homeschool support group that parents can
participate in. Then there is the Internet where parents can get advice
and support from other parents around the world. Although it is easier
to homeschool when all your family is supportive, most families that
homeschool feel called and convicted to homeschool. They believe this is
what is best for their children and they are willing to stand for what
they believe is best even if they have to deal with others who are
Whether you are thinking about
homeschooling or are a family member who is against homeschooling and
researching why someone should NOT homeschool, I encourage you to think
most about what is best for the child. Is the child
getting what they need from public school? Have they been learning at
home and thriving? Are the parents feeling called to homeschool?
sure you don't stand in the way of what God is providing this child.
Parents love their children more than any teacher can. Chance are, they
will provide the child with the best environment and education possible.
On a more positive note, here are some positive things about homeschooling:
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