Thursday, April 04, 2013

18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children

Kathleen Berchelman has a good post with 18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children.  Mostly the reasons are reasons why any parent would homeschool.

She starts the post with:

I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children. I never dreamed we would become homeschoolers. I wanted my kids integrated and socialized. I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world. I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world. But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring. Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals. These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected. The face of homeschooling is changing. We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills.

An estimated 2.04 million k12 children are home educated in the United States, a 75% increase since 1999. Although currently only 4% of all K12 students nationwide are educated at home, experts are predicting an exponential boom in homeschooling in the next 5-10 years. Most states even provide free online public schools, known as virtual schools or virtual homeschools for K12 students. An information site called College@Home provides some useful information.

She then launches into her 18 reasons.  My favorite was "I like parenting more, by far."  I think this is true for most homeschooling parents.  It is much more fun to be a parent when you are homeschooling.

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