years have seen a dramatic growth in the number of homeschooled kids.
More than 1.5 million Americans now choose to educate their children at
home. And that number may be growing by anywhere from 5 to 12 percent a
year. As of spring 2007, 2.9 percent of all school-aged children in the
U.S. were homeschooled.
What’s behind this
growth? Although the Supreme Court ruled in 1925 that parents have the
right to homeschool their children, the homeschooling movement didn’t
really gain traction until the ‘80s and ‘90s. That’s when many decided
they wanted their children to be grounded in a Christ-centered
education, something not available in the public schools.
today, homeschooling is growing dramatically among people who don’t
claim Jesus as their main motivation for educating children at home. In
fact, according to a 2001 Time magazine article, some
three-quarters of homeschooling families said that the driving
motivating factor was really simply quality of education.
that, the reasons for homeschooling are as varied as the types of
parents who choose to do so. Take, for example, Leo Damrosch, a Harvard
English professor, who homeschooled his two sons because his two
favorite authors—men he considered geniuses—were homeschooled as well.
Or Robert Phillipps from Glendale, California, who was sick of the
violence his son witnessed at his elementary school. Or Susanne Allen
from Atlanta, who homeschools because she believes it will teach her
children to care for each other and, therefore, the rest of society.
know, Susanne may be on to something. One study by the Fraser Institute
in Vancouver indicated that homeschoolers tend to be more mature,
happy, and better socialized than their peers.
also boast better academic performance. Standardized test scores for
homeschoolers are well above that of private and public school
students. And in a survey of those homeschooled between the ages of 18
and 24 years old, 74 percent have taken college-level courses, compared
with only 46 percent for the general U.S. population. Homeschoolers
have also made a name for themselves in national spelling and geography
Many states have discovered that
homeschooling is saving taxpayer dollars. Nevada homeschoolers save the
state education budget between $24 and $34 million in expenses per
year. And one estimate places North Carolina’s savings at a whopping
$546 million per year.
homeschooling is just one option, and many parents choose to send their
children to public or private schools. But with the growing cultural
decline in our country and the growing concern over the quality of
education, there’s no question that more and more Christian parents
will be either homeschooling their children or sending them to private
Wherever we choose to
send our children to school, our goal is to raise our children to love
God and to love others. We want them to become productive citizens, not
only of this earthly society, but of the Kingdom as well.
our website at BreakPoint.org, where you’ll find more information on
homeschooling and links to organizations that help Christian parents
teach their kids at home.