My (Previous) Addiction to Mainstream News made me Close-Minded, Ignorant and Uninformed

When I was in my 20s and early 30s I was a news junkie. I watched mainstream news on TV when I was getting ready for work in the morning. During my lunch hour, I’d run out to my car so I could listen to news on the radio. I couldn’t wait to get out […]

Reason to Homeschool #10 – Destructiveness of Competition and Fake Goals

My 10th reason for homeschooling is due to the competitive nature of school. I don’t want my daughter competing for grades, competing for the teacher’s attention or competing for popularity. It all detracts from the process of learning, and creates end-goals that have nothing to do with learning.

Competition means that a person can succeed […]

Reason to Homeschool #9 – Fear of Failing

Another reason I homeschool is because I don’t want my daughter to have a fear of failing. In addition, I don’t want her to adopt a poor definition of the word “failing”. I want her to seek to take risks, learn to cope with uncertainty, and celebrate the learning that comes from mistakes.

In school, […]

Reason to Homeschool #8 – Relaxed and Healthy Lifestyle

Another one of my reasons for homeschooling is that I want a relaxed and healthy lifestyle for my family. A school schedule doesn’t allow for a relaxed lifestyle, and some of what goes on in school conflicts with having a healthy lifestyle.

I’m happy that my daughter is able to wake up whenever her body […]

Reason to Homeschool #7 – Integrated Subjects

As most of us are aware, subjects in school are divided into isolated topic areas. In a typical school setting, children move from one subject (class) to the next and they form opinions about those subjects. They might love Art and not like History. They might think they’re good at Math but not at Science.

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Reason to Homeschool #6 – Enjoy your Moments

Much of my childhood was wasted because I was in school for six to eight hours a day for twelve straight years. The reason I say that it was wasted is because it was spent, almost entirely, in preparation for becoming something. I’m not against preparation. What I am against is devaluing the days and […]

Reason to Homeschool #5 – Real World Socialization

I don’t like the whole “socialization” thing so I’ll keep this short, but it is one of the main reasons I homeschool. I want my daughter to have real world socialization. That means, the kind of socialization that is reflected in all of society. It’s funny to me that some people who don’t homeschool point […]

Reason to Homeschool #4 – What’s Going on Outside of School

As adults we are fully aware of the value of time. We carefully weigh our options and look at the pros and cons of selecting one activity over another. When we choose to engage in a particular activity at the expense of another, we look at the opportunity lost by not engaging in the other […]

Reason for Homeschooling #3 – Depth of Learning

One of the things I remember most about school was the bells, along with the other indicators that it was time to move on to the next class. I remember many occasions where I was sitting in class and finally “getting it” with a subject and then a bell would ring and a teacher would […]

Homeschooling Reason #2 – Retaining Intrinsic Motivation

Another one of my top reasons for homeschooling is because I want my child to retain her intrinsic motivation, as opposed to being extrinsically motivated. When I first started looking into homeschooling, I found a lot of interesting information about intrinsic motivation. Back then though, there didn’t seem to be many popular books out there […]