Is Homeschooling for You?

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“Homeschooling may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States (at 7% to 12% per year*).” Many American families are realizing the amazing benefits of homeschooling their children.

According to the 2009 Census 53 million students K-12 were home educated during the 2009-2010 school year in the United States, and many believe this number is very low.  Although homeschooling may be thought of as “not mainstream” by some, it is, in reality, quite common and becoming more “mainstream” every day.  Indeed, Home Education, in the purest sense of the term, has been around much longer than todays institutional education.

So, who homeschools? Parents that decide to homeschool represent a true “melting pot” of today’s society. “Homeschooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/Anglo” and come from a variety of religious and educational backgrounds (cited by the NHERI).

Academics and MORE!

The academic rewards reaped through homeschooling are statistically clear. According to the NHERI, studies show that students who are home-educated usually score 15 to 30 percentile points higher than public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests, and almost always score above average on the SAT and ACT tests.  Coupled with their strong study skills and an overall well-roundedness in their attitudes, manners, and focus, these high scores reflect a high level of academic mastery that colleges and universities have come to recognize resulting in them becoming considerably more active in recruiting Homeschooled students.

Through field trips, scouting, 4-H, community volunteer work, participation in political campaigns at all levels of government, interaction in local home school organizations, plus numerous other venues, students often are exposed to “social” opportunities far greater than what is offered by traditional institutionalized schooling, but with the added advantage of personalized attention for optimum academic growth at the pace that is right for the individual student.

In addition to the obvious scholastic benefits of Homeschooling for children, opportunities for their spiritual development under the leadership of their parents (or one who stands in parental authority) abound. This is true for both students and parents!  Under each individual family’s love and guidance, the student is empowered with the personal care and flexibility not available in the typical institutional classroom setting.  It is possible to establish, teach, and uphold Christ-centered values and curriculum in the home environment.  Furthermore, most home educating families develop strong family bonds because of the quality time together that home educators enjoy.

According to a Texas Supreme Court decision made in June, 1994, Homeschooling is entirely legal in Texas (and in every other state-although laws vary dramatically) and parents who determine that Homeschooling is the best choice for their children and their family will be considered to be private school.  Private schools in Texas are not regulated by any government entity.  That’s great!  HOWEVER, that also means that “the buck stops with Mom and Dad”.  You have the RIGHT to Homeschool … and you have the RESPONSIBILITY to make it happen so that your child is prepared as best as they can be for whatever life’s work God may call
them to.

So that you will know exactly where you stand legally in Texas if you decide to Homeschool, review and print for keeping in your permanent Homeschool file a copy of the Texas Law that applies to Homeschooling in Texas.  Should you have any further questions concerning it, call our office at 972-772-0082 or email your questions to staff@nthen.org.

* National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)