Between 2017-2018, it was estimated by the Department of Education that 1.69 million kids between the ages of 5 and 17 were homeschooled – although this is an estimate and limited data is collected and varies by state, most statistics point towards homeschooling being a growing a trend.
There are 3 main reasons why parents choose to home school – 1) is to provide religious education or any other kind of education that clashes with the values of the public-school system; 2) for academic reasons, it is very well-known that homeschooling students outperformed public school students every year and finally 3) concerns over school environment – specifically safety including a lot of different parental concerns - violence, bullying, peer pressure, drugs, sexual activity, teen pregnancy and so on. In an article written by JD Hayes he stated, “The primary reason parents are more concerned today than ever about leaving their kids in public school is bullying.” In fact, following the recent school shootings Christopher Chin, president of a home school coalition in Louisiana, told the Washington Times, “One of the things we've definitely seen an uptick in the last 5 years is the aspect of violence, it's in the bullying, it's off the charts.” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/30/homeschooling-surges-parents-seek-escape-shootings/)
If you are a parent that is considering homeschooling for any or all of these reasons, then I invite you to explore my site and visit my Youtube channel for more information on why I switched to homeschooling, and how we implemented the Robinson Curriculum successfully in our home.
It is a great homeschooling curriculum where you create a foundation for your children to become critical thinkers, problem solvers independent learner and teach themselves. If you're overwhelmed with the thought of teaching your child all these subjects at different levels every day, the Robinson Curriculum breaks it down to 2 hours of math, 1 hour of writing, 2 hours of reading, and work is done independently. As a parent, your job is to teach the younger children how to read and memorizing their math facts, in preparation for their first math book (Saxon 5/4). If cost is a concern, the Robinson Curriculum is one of the most affordable home schooling options there is.
Additional Reasons to Home School
There are of course other factors that are a major concern for parents to homeschool and they include public education becoming susceptible to left-leaning social engineering. This includes acceptance of gender spectrum or fluidity and the controversy surrounding male vs. female bathrooms. Also, the controversy of removing prayer in school or political views or exposure to birth control and abortion, even having teachers with their own bias and exposing them to your children are all rightful concerns.
If you have any of these additional concerns, let me reassure you that you are not alone in these concerns. Parents by the droves are taking their children out of these government institutions every day. And if you out there, explore the site and if you have any questions, please leave me message.