Folks often ask ‘why’ a family has chosen to home educate. Sometimes they ask because they are curious and want to understand, or they are considering homeschooling their own children. Of course, a few are suspicious as to why a parent would choose to take that responsibility upon themselves and reject traditional schooling.
There is never just one reason why families opt out of public or private schooling in favor of homeschooling. There may be a couple of overarching principles that compelled them to make that choice, but there are literally dozens of reasons that reflect the individuality of homeschooling families.
Here are some common reasons parents choose to homeschool:
- Parents are given the primary responsibility to teach and train their children in the Scripture and with a Biblical worldview. This is shown by commandment, principle, and example. (Deuteronomy 4:9-10, 6:7, 11:19, Proverbs 1:8, 4:1, 6:20, 22:6, 31:1, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Timothy 3:4, 12, 2 Timothy 3:15, Titus 1:6)
- Principles regarding companionship that apply to our children- (Psalm 1:1, Psalm 119:63, Proverbs 13:20, 28:7, Ephesians 5:11, James 4:4)
Providing a quality education-
- Individualized instruction
- Curriculum and methods tailored to fit the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests
- Opportunity to address character issues
- Preparing for future careers with options such as dual enrollment, early graduation, apprenticeships, and time to pursue hobbies. . .
Nurtures the entire family-
- Creates bonds between parents and children as well as siblings with each other
- Allows for proper socialization
- Helps minimize divided loyalties and reinforces the proper chain of authority in and out of the home
- Learning is viewed as a lifestyle, not a specific activity that takes place during certain hours of the day
- Efficient use of time
- Health issues that need constant attention
- Special needs children often thrive in the home
- Gifted children need to progress at their own pace
- Freedom to go on field trips and travel during the off season
- Flexibility to deal with life’s emergencies, both great and small
If you are considering homeschooling, these reasons could possibly help you decide if home education is right for you.
(adapted from Our Foundation for Home Education at The Every Day of Education blog, reprinted with permission)