I will preface this particular post with a disclaimer. This post is non-judgmental on how any family chooses to educate their child(ren). You must do what is right for your family.
That being said, I have changed my category name from Homeschooling to Home Education. One might think they are the same thing, but they really aren’t. With public education promoting K12 online education or public charters, using a certified teachers to monitor students and mandating academic testing, this truly is not home education. It’s homeschooling or public school at home.
Some public charter schools will give stipends to parents to use their charter school aka public education. Those charters are still receiving government funding and in essence, bribing parents, to use their program instead of a traditional brick and mortar school.
I choose to home educate and all posts on this topic, where my daughter’s education is concerned, will state “home education” in order to provide a distinction.
First, we follow a Christ-based curriculum. I purchase all the books with my own funds (while still paying property taxes to the public school). I want my daughter brought up in the Word of God not in the ways of the world. I want her faith paramount, followed by a solid education. Not all who home educate do so for faith-based reasons, but many do. This is not allowed in public schools. So if you can’t use a Christian curriculum, you are not home educating.
There is also more than just book learning. It’s learning life skills. It’s learning effective communication. It’s non-common core. It’s taking a break instead of pushing through a lesson, when it’s obvious the child needs it. There’s regrouping. The education is based on what is best for the student; not the school district. I won’t even go into “unschooling” (follows no set curriculum; all child-led).
There is no bullying. There aren’t any threats of violence; gun shots. There isn’t forced socialization among cohorts. There is the ability to learn from a diverse group of people of all ages. Not sure about you, but I don’t want my child, who is still impressionable and learning to receive knowledge from cohorts who are in the same boat. Thirty 12-year olds do not have the same knowledge as a 20, 30, 45, or even 70-year old person can impart on my daughter.
Home educated children surpass their public school counterparts on testing, studying ability and working independently. Colleges, the military and trades all accept home educated children for these vary reasons. We are teaching education; not teaching to test.
Again, educating your child is a personal and family decision. I am strictly pointing out that using a public education is not the same as educating your child outside the rigid confines of the government. Homeschooling used to mean this. However, the public school system is trying to corner another educational avenue. Those who truly educate at home want to impress that our children are not part of the public educational process; hence the need for distinction.