By: Krystle Crossman
Penelope Trunk is a mother of two. As they grew she questioned whether or not she should homeschool them. She states that there are two major questions that need to be addressed when trying to make this decision. Trunk says: “I homeschool because it seemed to me that it was like breastfeeding: Of course it’s the best thing to do for the kids, it’s just difficult.” You need to ask if you are going to be able to handle homeschooling and you also need to ask if homeschooling is the right thing for your children. In her case, it was, and here are the reasons that she gave for her decision:
1. As a parent you do not need to be a teacher with a degree to help your children learn. It has been shown that children who are homeschooled and taught by their parents do just as well on tests as children who went to school.
2. Kids will learn all on their own. They will learn even more if they are allowed to learn what they want to learn and not what they are forced to learn. It gives them a sense of freedom but also brings out a passion for something that they are interested in. You will find that if you let them study the things that they love, they will soak information up like a sponge.
3. Homeschooled children end up developing better life skills than children in schools. They are taught discipline and respect more thoroughly than they would be at a school in a class full of other kids. Colleges gladly accept homeschooled children and they do just as well merging into their new social surroundings as others do.
4. Test scores don’t mean a thing. Good scores on tests do not mean that you will automatically get a great job and bad scores do not mean that you will fail in life. Testing different traits like perseverance is more important.
5. School is basically a babysitter for the working parent. Studies have shown that homeschooled children are just as productive in society when they are older as their public school counterparts, if not more so.
You need to decide what is right for yourself and your children, and have a mature discussion with them before homeschooling. It is a big decision but could turn out to be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make.