Obviously I am only one family and my story is only one story out of probably hundreds of thousands but there are numerous reasons why families choose to either start or to continue to homeschool their children.
Images like the one float around the Internet and people think that the majority of families probably homeschool their children for religious reasons. While my family is Christian, we did not choose to homeschool because of religion. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics only 17% of homeschooling familes choose to do so for religious reasons. Only 17%!
My family personally, I think, best falls in with the green slice above. We had numerous safety concerns with our local school. Our oldest boy was getting bullied on the school bus, when the school did nothing to stop it, I just started driving him to school.
Then he started getting bullied at recess by older students, but there were never any repercussions for those students. He also had concerns about his teacher yelling in the classroom at the students and smacking things in the room. When we brought it to the attention of the principal, the teacher didn’t deny it all, just said it was how she was.
The final straw was when the kids reported something to us about what sounded abusive from another teacher, not their home room. They were pulled that day. And the school still tried to dismiss everything.
Now, we do like to use curriculum that is Christian-based because we are Christian and so because of that people might get the opinion that we homeschool for religious reasons, we don’t but it is certainly a reason we have continued for.
How about you all? Why did you decide to homeschool? Did anything change while you have been homeschooling?