Why is home education becoming so popular?

There are various reasons. Just as no two families are exactly alike no two families' reasons for home education will be alike. And that just might be one of the main reasons that people choose Home Education: it allows the child to be the individual he was created to be, he doesn't have to conform to fit someone else's mould! 

You also need to realise that the reason why many parents initially choose Home Ed is not always the reason why they continue along this path - the unintended benefits (side effect) often keep them going. For instance a family might choose Home Education because a child is battling to cope in mainstream school and the only other solution is Ritalin, but choose to carry on homeschooling because the child is no longer depressed (but the happy child they knew before the labeling) with improved self-esteem and confidence.


Some more thoughts on why homeschooling is growing  

1) Parents are turning on the brakes and wanting their littlies to celebrate their childhood through play and discovery.It thus allows children to grow naturally in a safe loving environment.

2) Parents aren’t  wanting their children to be peer-dependent. They’re not  wanting their little girls growing up thinking they must be Barbie or Britney Spears or their little boys needing brand names to be accepted!

3) Parents are wanting a superior academic education for their children

4) Parents are wanting to tailor their children’s education to their individual learning styles, special needs and interests. Thus every child can succeed! No-one is a failure!!!

5) Parents are wanting to instill their values and beliefs (worldview) in their children to lay a solid foundation before exposing them to other influences (hothouse or greenhouse effect)

6) Parents are wanting to protect their children from violence, drugs, rape & aids

7)  HS is family centred, it builds strong family relationships. Parents are coming home: business, church and education are all being affected by this move.

8) HS allows flexibility and time to participate in disciplines that require dedication and a huge amounts of daily practise


Who are homeschooling

1) Home education is on the rise in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Japan. It is estimated that there are already more than 10 000 home learners in South Africa. According to Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute in his recent book, "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling," there were an estimated 1,700,000 to 2,100,000 children (grades K-12) home educated during 2002-2003 in the United States and an estimated 50,000 to 95,000 students homeschooled in Canada during the 2000-2001 school year. Estimates for England and Wales varied widely from 13,000 to 50,000. Australian figures were in the range of 35,000 to 55,000. And one homeschool organization in Germany reported between 500 and 600 homeschooled students. 

2)       Christians, Muslims, New Agers (secular HS’ers).
 See Homeschoolers: Who ARE We?

3)       Parents (incl. foster parents) without any teaching qualifications & with different personalities (or teaching styles).

4)       Self-employed entrepreneurs, medical doctors, attorneys, teachers, you name it!

5)       The rich and the poor of all races

6)       Promising young sportsmen & women


Why Christians are homeschooling
See the Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling

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