Home is where the…school is? New reports show that homeschooling is on the rise in America. Though many states do not keep accurate accounts of the number of students who are homeschooled, national statistics show that numbers are climbing; the most recent polls indicate that roughly 16 out of 1,000 children are homeschooled. Notably, the majority of families who are turning to homeschooling are members of ‘Generation X,’ with parents who are between 41 and 50 years old. As to why they turned to homeschooling, many parents cite the desire to be more involved and help their children achieve academically, dissatisfaction with public schools, and parental control. “He wasn’t understanding things, and he wasn’t being pushed but he never said anything,” one mother said. “Then he started coming home with jokes and attitudes and behaviors that he had learned at recess that weren’t according to our values that I didn’t appreciate.” Teaching experts are concerned about the change, arguing that to teach effectively, one needs extensive training and that parents are not objective enough to aid in the discovery of learning disabilities or aptitudes. How will homeschooling affect the current generation? Only time will tell.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe