Thursday, September 29, 2005

Reason for Everything

I was thinking about homeschooling as a movement, and homeschooling as a personal choice today and started wondering what the two main reasons people homeschool. I don't know that I agree that "a better education" is a primary motivating factor because if you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or find yourself slipping as the teacher, what keeps you pressing on? I think that may begin the journey for people, but to keep them there - is that really what is behind it?


I think for me the educational aspect of homeschooling is only a small part. Certainly I can control what goes in their brains to some degree, but we are a pretty open family when it comes to things like history, reading topics, stories, myths and legends, and even science. We have our beliefs and we uphold them in our studies, but this does not mean we do not talk about other people's beliefs. We do not shut out the world. (How could we, anyway?)


As I sit here and ponder my reasons for homeschooling I come up with a lot of varied reasons. What would you say is your primary motivation to homeschool? Or what keeps you doing it? Do you have just one? I would like to know what you think.





EmptyNestMom said...

My reasons for starting to homeschool were for academic reasons and because I did not want to put my children in public schools. However, as I continued to homeschool, my main motivation was spiritual. I wanted to train my children to serve God and began to see this as my responsibility, not the schools. This is what kept me homeschooling as well as the fact that we could arrange our school around our life, not our life around our school.

riverfolk4 said...

Our reasons for homeschooling are that we don't believe real learning happens while corraled inside a building with 30 other kids your age and a tired, parroting-the-test teacher or two AND we want our family to grow and learn in the Lord TOGETHER. The family is God's creation, the children are God's--given to us for a time, not to anyone else. That's just off the cuff, spur o the moment, but sums it up pretty well I think. :)

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Babs said...

Wow. What a thought provoking question. We seem to have a lot in common. We started homeschooling for educational excellence, too. It wasn't to shut out the world of myths, legends, or science. We teach it all (or most) for a quality education. But, we also instill our core beliefs.

I guess in some ways I was thinking of this same concept today. When I first started homeschooling and at the beginning of each school year I think in terms of giving up sacrificing my freedom of free time. Here we are about a month into our fourth year and I don't even think of it as a choice. I think of it as a way of life.

I suppose knowing this is my calling, considering it a way of life, and seeing the results in the boys is what keeps me going. I better stop there before this turns into a post instead of a comment:) Gosh! It was good to visit you again - I've been gone too long.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that I could get them out the door, dressed, with matching socks and their teeth brushed by 8:00 a.m. So, I homeschool.

Okay. I'm kidding. I'll think of a more serious response, but I can't tonight (-:


sparrow said...

I was just thinking about this today. Homeschooling is a relatively new decision for us, but already our reasons for choosing it are different than when we started. Original reason: ACADEMICS - classical education was going to produce the smartest kids on the block. ;)

Over time, I have come to realize I love the holistic approach to raising and educating kids. I love being able to nurture and shape them through every part of their lives, and they are learning to see life as a whole instead of fragments (i.e., education is what happens at school, God is what happens at Sunday School, family time is after sports and homework, etc.) I am less and less concerned with making sure we cover every topic, do every problem...and more concerned that my children are whole, functioning, Christ-followers as they become adults. All that takes time, time you don't have when they are in a school building (I know - they were there for 5 years).

Great question.

Anonymous said...

I did a post earlier this month where I ended up giving three main reasons why we educate at home. Instead of typing it again here, I'll type in the rather large url to that post's date:


Btw ~ Happy reading about David. I haven't picked it up since I cheated and looked a little bit ahead and saw more of the same. Maybe I'll do a little of that before I go to bed.


KimInOn said...


This year, my daughter has been taking on-line courses through a satellite school which offers courses for thouse students under 21, and out of the system. She is taking Civics, health, marketing and into psych, anthropology and socioloy. Next semester she's going to ps - boo hoo, don't get me started.

Anyhoo, she has come to me so many times in the last month to show me some of the badly written course material, ridiculous "make work" assignments, and has laughed at them. She has learned discernment from being at home, and that is what keeps me going. I want my children to have biblical and academic discernment.

What a great question, Kate. Thanks for asking!

Anonymous said...

to where I rambled on a bit about the soup full of reasons that we homeschool


Hope it satisfies your curiousity. :-)


Anonymous said...

Plus, I want to have Conversation with my children.


momof3feistykids said...

They are as varied as they are eloquent, yet - at the heart - each is somewhat the same.

Here are my thoughts:


karenciavo said...

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-9

We are raising men to serve the Lord and have come to the conclusion that the only way we can do this is by homeschooling. Our lives were becoming busier and busier when the boys were at school and God was getting the short end of the stick.