Top 10 Reasons NOT to Homeshool
(…and a rational response)
“My kids would drive me crazy.”
What would drive me crazy is NEVER being able to spend time with my children, since after being at school ALL day, they still have 2 hours of homework to do!
“We live in a GREAT school district.”
Unfortunately, even GREAT school districts operate under the illusion that all children can learn in a classroom with 20-30 other children, taught by a single teacher who will not begin to fully understand your child’s academic needs until well into the school year.
“I’m terrible in Algebra.”
By the time you’re done homeschooling, you’ll be BETTER in Algebra…and Chemistry….and Physics….and History. And if not, there’s always help available!
“We can’t afford to homeschool.”
Yes, homeschooling can require sacrifice, but in financial terms, sending a child to public school can actually cost as much or more than homeschooling! And money isn’t everything! In academic, social and emotional terms, what is the potential cost of NOT homeschooling? Is it a price you’re willing to pay?
“My child is too social, he’ll be bored at home.”
If your child is bored unless he’s socializing, then the worst possible place for him is in a school classroom!!
“We would get too much flack from our relatives.”
Arm yourself with statistics that expose the shortcomings of public education and the strengths of schooling at home…that’ll get them thinking!
“I wouldn’t know where to start.”
Help is available! Find a local homeschool group and learn from those who are already doing it!
“I’m not patient enough to teach my own children!”
Since trials generally result in the development of patience, I can assure you that by the time you finish homeschooling, you’ll be the most patient mom on your block!
“But I’m not a teacher, how will I know what to do?”
Even without a teaching certificate, as a parent, you are infinitely more prepared to meet your child’s academic needs than a teacher who is responsible for the academic growth of an entire classroom of children.
“My child won’t learn how to get along in the real world.”
If you want your child to learn to get along in the real world, the best place for him would be a social environment which provides positive experiences such as acceptance, security, cooperation and mutual respect. Where would you be more likely to find these….a public school classroom or at home?