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.