Why I Homeschool

I get asked some why we homeschool our children. And I put up with a good bit of attitude from people who have very strong (and very wrong) preconceived notions about homeschoolers and homeschooling. So, here is my list of reason why we homeschool.

** Disclaimer** These are MY reasons. I do not believe that homeschooling is the only way to educate. I do not believe that it is wrong or immoral to put children in school (public or private). I do not believe that everyone should homeschool.

~ I homeschool my children because I want to do it. I really do enjoy teaching and learning with my children. It’s fun.

~ I homeschool my children because I can. Yep, it’s legal in Texas. I have the time and resources to do it.

~ I homeschool my children because I think I can give them a better education than any school out there. This is not to say that I am better at teaching, but rather that I can give my children one-on-one tailored education.

~ I homeschool because I don’t like having my life schedule dictated by someone else. My days are not set according to the school’s schedule. My vacations are planned when they are convenient to my family.

~ I homeschool because it’s what I would have wanted as a child. While I know that my children might or might not have similar experiences to mine, school was a place of torment on the bad days and an extreme waste of time on the good days for me. I bear scars that are very deep from my time in school.

~ I homeschool because I don’t like “forced socialization” of children. I get to decide who I want to hang out with and spend time with. Why shouldn’t my children? Yes, we all have to learn how to get along with people who are mean to us or who we disagree with, but generally speaking as adults we have a lot more control over who we associate with. My children are active in various groups with other children from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, colors, etc.

~ I homeschool so that my children get to experience the world in greater depth. I want my children to experience the richness of other cultures and locations, not just read about them.

~ I homeschool my children because I feel called to do it. There really is nothing I would rather do with my days.

Here are some misconceptions that I think are necessary to address.

~ I do not homeschool because I think public school is evil. There is plenty of evil in the world. I do not believe that public schools are the source of it. I do not believe that parents who send their kids to public school are abandoning them.

~ I do not homeschool because I want to shield my children from ideas different from my own. My children learn about other religions and beliefs that we do not adhere to. They read popular books and watch tv/movies that are age appropriate.

~ I do not homeschool because I want to protect my children from difficult or painful situations. I do want my children to have a firm foundation in their faith and a strong belief in their abilities. I am preparing my children to stand strong and provide a good defense for their beliefs.

~ I do not homeschool my children because I believe I am morally-superior to other non- homeschooling families. Every family has to make their own decision about what is right for them and what they believe God is calling them to do. My decisions are just that, MY decisions.

~ I do not homeschool my children because I want to “disengage” from the culture around me. My family interacts with many people from all walks of life. We are active in mercy ministries. We are participants in much of what the popular culture offers.

I hope this helps others understand why we do what we do.

7 thoughts on “Why I Homeschool

  1. jilldomschot says:

    Although I would no longer call homeschool fun because I’m burnt out, the rest of your bullet points resonate with me, especially the one about bearing deep scars from my school experiences. The joy might come again for me–who knows? The problem is, my children range in age from 17 to 5, so I’ve been doing this for a long time and will be doing it for a long time into the future.

    • Rachel Miller says:

      Jill~ I know what you mean about it being not fun any more. It is hard to keep doing it day after day and year after year. Especially when you consider all that you could do if you weren’t teaching your children all day. I outsourced some classes this year (mostly enrichment classes), and it’s helped my attitude tremendously. I have a friend who calls the particularly difficult days “yellow school bus days” as in, when the bus comes by you put the kids on it.

      I’ll be praying for you and the burn out.

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  3. Kassandra says:

    What a terrific article! Too often, the fringier elements get to define the homeschooling movement (probably because they shout the loudest). It’s nice to see such a reasonable, thoughtful perspective on this topic. Your position is considerate of others and well-reasoned. If more people addressed this issue as you have, I think most of the conflict over it would simply disappear.

    May you become the poster-girl for homeschooling in future.

  4. trailerdreamer says:

    Reblogged this on The Trailer Dreamer and commented:
    I was going to do a post on why my husband and I have chosen to homeschool our daughter but then I found this post and it really nails it, so I thought rebooting would be appropriate. I would add that I have been watching closely as my sister-in-law homeschooling her children and I am amazed at the excitement for learning that these children have. It is not a chore to them. They do not wake up in the morning and dread school or complain about doing school work. Children are so eager to learn when they are young and too often I have seen their healthy attitudes toward learning diminish – it is almost as though they understand that we adults expect them to not want to go to school. I want my daughter to love learning because in her natural state, that is what she is meant to do. There are some amazing teachers out there (I was fortunate enough to have had many of them throughout my public schooling) but I do not believe there is any teacher out there that will be as invested in my child’s education than I will.

  5. trailerdreamer says:

    I just reblogged this but writing on a tablet has its downsides and my finger hit the “reblog” button well before I was ready to post! For the true reblog please check out my blog at Trailerdreamer.wordpress.com. Thanks for your wonderfully articulate thoughts on this subject!

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