I work for a school district, so it seems odd for me to ask such a question. Then again, one sees the good and bad when on the inside. I’ve written about this before.
But even though state schools have their problems, the question this post poses still can’t be asked unless there’s some compelling reason to consider the homeschooling alternative. And popular response to homeschooling that I’ve seen has largely been negative. The stereotype is that home-schooled kids are socially awkward. They come from radical families or at least isolated ones. They grow up missing out on a happy social childhood. Perhaps the examples of homeschooling nearest to us weren’t flattering.
Regardless of how the stereotype was created, for me it was cracked when I saw a couple Spelling Bee finals on TV some years back and noticed that a lot of the contestants were home-schooled. It occurred to me that like any endeavor done independently, it can either be done worse or better than the mainstream. Duh. But in my culture, these benefits were largely missed.
Perhaps not so much anymore. Most people having seen issues with public schools, technology (Internet) allowing for easier information accrual on one’s own, and greater universal connectivity increasing one’s social sphere outside their town has made homeschooling more popular than ever. More than that, it’s apparently quite effective, too. At least according to the following infographic it is. Check out these statistics to increase the scope of your understanding of education and the best way to help the youth gain theirs: