There are many, many broad statements that float around about homeschoolers. Everything from they never leave the house, to their lack of a solid education (because you know our public schools are doing such a great job). The thing is that some of them may be true for some of us, and others not at all true. Homeschoolers are as varied as the families you find in public schools so every statement does not hold up for all of us.
4 Myths About Homeschooling
While not every statement fits everyone, here are 4 broad statements that seem to come up about homeschoolers most often.
1. There are very few people that homeschool their children.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2.5 million children are homeschooled in the U.S. Why? The most common reason is that parents feel they can provide a better education for their child.
2. Homeschoolers never leave the house.
I have to chuckle at this one because there isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t out of the house! From chess club to competitive gymnastics, soccer practice, drama class and music lessons, we are on the go every day! Beyond formal classes we often meet friends at the park or engage in some field trip at a local museum or attraction.
3. Homeschoolers can’t get into college.
While 57% of students are not ready for college academics, homeschooled children are 10% more likely to get and STAY in college, and they have higher college GPA’s.
4. Parents are not qualified to teach their children.
Who says? Even if you didn’t make it through school yourself with 4.0 GPA, you are still both capable and qualified to homeschool your own children. What you don’t know, you can find it out! In this age of technology there is a world or support and resources at your fingertips.