For most homeschoolers, homeschooling is a lifestyle or becomes a lifestyle. Most homeschoolers homeschool for many reasons, not just one. Most people have a primary reason, but there are still usually other factors involved.
This author is correct that the face of homeschooling is changing. I’ve noticed this shift the last five years. When we started homeschooling, most people who homeschooled started with kindergarten and their primary reason for homeschooling was due to religious beliefs.
Being a volunteer in my local homeschool community, part of what I do is meet with new homeschoolers each month. Each month I meet new homeschoolers that have just removed their children from the government school system or are planning to do so soon. Strangely enough, their children are almost always 3/4 grade or 8/9 grade. Seldom do I meet a family that has decided to homeschool their child from the get go. Instead, most of these people never planned to homeschool their children and most of them are more secular than the new homeschoolers of 10-15 years ago.
I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children. I never dreamed we would become homeschoolers. I wanted my kids integrated and socialized. I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world. I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world. But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring. Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals. These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected. The face of homeschooling is changing. We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills.