I saw this graphic shared, and expected it to make me feel a bit worthless, because none of my children are prodigies or geniuses. I feel like there is this stereotype that all homeschool kids have to blow their public school counterparts out of the water, academically speaking.
Well, it turns out that homeschooled kids do very, very well. I wouldn’t expect less of my children, no matter where they receive their education (and that may change from year to year). Still, it’s encouraging to see that most homeschooled kids tend to do much better than the average bear.
Honestly, I didn’t choose homeschool for my children because of the academics. I didn’t choose to homeschool them to protect them from the peer pressure and perceived dangers of public school. I didn’t choose homeschool because my religion demands it (it doesn’t, by the way). I didn’t choose it so I could give them a moral education–I can do that no matter where they go to school. I didn’t research homeschooling methods. I had never heard of Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, or Unschooling until very recently. I still know virtually nothing about any of the above. In fact, it wasn’t until after I started that I heard all the logical and statistical arguments in favor of homeschooling.
I chose to homeschool against my will. Against my “better judgment.” I did it because I knew, beyond doubt, that the Lord was asking me, personally, to do it for my children. I started out terrified, wound up tight, and knowing I would fail. Well, I haven’t failed after all, and I’ve loosened up considerably. We’re doing just fine. My kids are learning, we’re growing together, and I am growing as a mother and as a person in ways I never thought I would.
Now, I can’t imagine sending my children away from me for more hours in a week than Levi works. If we put them in school, there would be three full days a week that they didn’t see their father at all. That alone is plenty of reason to keep them home, in my book. And some days, if I’m being honest, that is the only reason I can cling to in perfect honesty as a reason not to quit. There may come a day when the Lord calls us to put our kids into a public school, but (in the words of Aragorn) it is not this day.
And these statistics encourage me. A little bit.
Why did you choose the academic path you chose for your kids? What are your favorite things about that path, and least favorite?
Grace & Peace,