Homeschooling

Jacqui McLean 

There are around 5 million school-age children who are homeschooled each year. Although the number fluctuates and continues to grow, homeschooled children make up about 8% of school-age kids. Homeschooling is an educational system in which students learn from home, generally with the assistance of a parent or guardian. The many benefits of homeschooling make it no surprise that it is one of the fastest growing forms of education in the United States and has grown significantly in other countries.
First off, many choose to be homeschooled because of the freedom it provides students. Not only are students able to choose when they attend school, but they also have more choices about what they learn. Homeschooled students aren’t limited to the classes that a traditional school offers. Instead, they can choose from a wide variety of electives that interest that. Furthermore, homeschooling is great for students that don’t follow the path of a traditional student. If a student is struggling in a particular subject they can move at their own pace so they can thoroughly understand the material. Contrastingly, if a student is excelling academically, homeschooling provides them the opportunity to move faster than their peers and potentially graduate early or receive college credits. In fact, homeschooled students perform better on standardized tests than those who are in a classroom. Homeschooling is also a great choice for students with particularly busy schedules. Many student athletes and avid travelers are homeschooled. Homeschooling ensures that kids can maintain the lifestyle that they enjoy while still receiving an education. One of the biggest worries of homeschooled students is social interaction. Since much of youth interaction is done on the playground and in the classroom, many fear that homeschooled students will fall behind socially. However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, studies have shown that homeschooled students are actually more social than those who are traditionally schooled.
Homeschooling is a great alternative for those wanting more flexibility and growth in their education. I foresee it growing dramatically in the future.