Thinking About Homeschooling? Teachers Are

One might be surprised to know that the biggest influx to the home school arena today are professional teachers. The reasons they give are very interesting.

  •  In the 60s teachers had more say so about what happened in their class rooms. However the government is more in control these days. It is important to know that the Vietnam War taught us that the war cannot be won from the White House. Likewise the teacher, who is in the trenches (metaphorically speaking) knows what her kids need. Unlike the bureaucracy, She sees them as human beings, and not as statistics. Heck the school lunches were even much better in the 60s.
  •  Teachers rightfully complain they must now teach their children to pass the government mandated tests requiring them to sacrifice teaching the basics.
  •  Class sizes have become so large that kids are taught to act like robots rather than individuals. Teachers find themselves having to teach as if a one size fits all…they are less able to individualize their curriculum.
  •  Recess and play time are being decreased. Many teachers complain this is creating stress, and forcing little ones to fit into unhealthy and unnatural molds.

Teachers are getting a bum wrap when they are blamed for the increasing decline in the U.S. public school system, and few people are listening to “those in the trenches”. It is more likely that government bureaucracy is to blame. Is it any wonder that so many teachers are choosing to home school their own families?

Most home school students out perform public school children on college entrance exams. Obviously most parents are doing something right whether they have teaching credentials or not.

Are there some sad stories about children that are not receiving an adequate education in the home school venue? The answer is yes, but there are more such stories found in the public school system. Government intervention is not a solution. Parent awareness and involvement (“those in the trenches”) is the solution. That is the case whether one has children in the home school or public school systems.

This is not said to put an impossible burden or even blame on parents. I say this to empower parents. The solution to today’s education is noticeably coming from you, the people.

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling

For those of us who are in our 30s or older, I’m sure you’ll remember the popular 1980s T.V. sitcom called “The Facts of Life”? Do the names Blair Warner, Jo, Tudy, Natalie and Mrs. Garrett ring a bell? Lisa Whelchel, also known to us as Blair back when we were younger, is the author of this book. She and her husband Steve, a pastor, now live in Los Angeles, CA, and are the homeschooling parents of three children named Tucker, Haven and Clancy. What Lisa does in her book is to introduce you to fifteen families in fifteen unique situations who have all chosen to homeschool for different reasons, using a variety of learning methods.

So just what does and “average” or “typical” homeschooling family look like you might ask? That is a very difficult question to answer. You may find some similar features, but like a fingerprint, no two are ever the same. There are many different philosophies, curriculum options, and teaching styles as there are reasons for homeschooling. A family may be passionate about the principle approach, the Charlotte Mason method, on-line academics, unschooling, traditional texts, classical education, eclectic homeschooling, video schooling, curriculum on a budget, the Sonlight or Robertson curriculum, and many, many more. As Lisa says, “The bottom line is, you have to find what works for your family. In order to do that, you need to find out what’s out there.”

In this book you will have the opportunity to meet a family who homeschools while traveling, a homeschooling father, a family who has a child who struggles with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), being a military family who deals often with PCS (Permanent Change of Station orders), a single homeschooling mom of two, homeschooling in a big city, an unschooling family, and even a quiver full family with 10 children, just to name to a few.

In his forward, Michael Farris, President of Patrick Henry College, and Founder and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, says this, “Lisa tells you the truth about homeschooling. She has listened to the joys and tribulations of more than a thousand home schooling families, and by taking you in to the lives of several composite families, she paints an accurate picture of the struggles you can expect and the sacrifices which may be required. But most importantly, Lisa is telling you the truth when she says that whatever the struggle, the rewards make it all worthwhile.”