Choosing whether or not to homeschool your children is a big decision. Parents usually take a while to make this decision, weighing many factors. Parents usually take the time to do some of their own research, talk to homeschoolers they know, contact a local support group, etc. It’s not a decision anyone takes lightly. Homeschooling–Is it for Your Child suggests that homeschooling is not for all children and that parents only need to look at their children in making their decision.
Parents are thus wholly responsible for choosing to homeschool their children – they start at an age when the child is too young to make an informed decision on his/her own; they are responsible for what their child turns out to be, they are the reason the endeavor is a success or a failure.
I don’t know what age the author believes is too young to make an informed decision. Some parents do make the decision whether or not to homeschool before their child reaches school age. In some cases, the child has problems in school and asks the parent to homeschool them. What I’ve been noticing the last year or two, is that there is often an incident at the school which compels the parent to pull their child out of school and then homeschool. In all cases, the parents make the final decision, but it’s not always their idea to begin with.
The parents are largely responsible for what their child turns out to be, but it’s not totally up to them. If the child is defiant or simply doesn’t apply himself to his studies, that is not the doing of the parents.
Defining success in homeschooling is not as straightforward as with conventional schooling . . .
I don’t see why not. Most schools use grades or test scores as a way to measure success. If that’s how you want to measure success in your homeschool, you could. How to measure "success" really is up to the parent.
a parent picks and chooses the subjects that the child shows an interest in and an aptitude for.
Not always. Many states dictate what subjects must be covered. Therefore, if a child is a music lover, he or she will still have to complete math or any other subject each year that the state requires.
Probably one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is that it brings out the special ability in a child and allows the parent to focus on that aspect of development without worrying about how the child’s grades are going to be affected.
I can’t imagine any parent allowing their child to slough off on other subjects while focusing on one subject the child is talented and/or interested in. The biggest advantage of homeschooling is flexibility. This flexibility is what allows homeschool students to pursue their talents and interests while still completing all the core subjects.
This decision can make or break a child’s future, so if you’re looking for guidance on whether you should homeschool your kid or not, look nowhere else but at your offspring!
I couldn’t disagree more. Once a child is an adult, their future is up to them. It’s true that there are children that would not do well in a classroom setting. However, I don’t think that there’s any child that can’t benefit from homeschooling. There’s a lot to look at when deciding whether or not to homeschool. Sometimes, the decision is made partly because the child would not do well in a classroom setting. Sometimes that has nothing to do with it. If we all took a good, hard look at our kids, we’d all be homeschooling.