Another question to ask yourself while making up your mind as to your preferred educational path is what do you expect your child to get out of schooling? Do you want academic excellence or academic freedom (not that the two are exclusive, by any means). Is the pursuit of a special interest or sport foremost? Do you want more time together as a family, or do you want to be able to take greater advantage of the military travel benefit? Because of bullying, or peer pressure to participate in dangerous activities, safety could be an issue.
It would be wrong to say that homeschooling ‘works’ because all children who were homeschooled by their parents attend college — they don’t. Not all children who were homeschooled start their own businesses. Not all children who were homeschooled travel the world. Not all children who were homeschooled marry and start families of their own. But children who were homeschooled by their parents have grown up to attend college, start businesses, travel the world, and have married and are now parents. Just like everyone else. Homeschooling is choose-able, do-able, and kids grow up just fine.
Copyright 2006, Valerie Bonham Moon
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