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8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

Almost all of our Founding Fathers, the most brilliant authors and orators of all time, were home-schooled.

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Megan Fox

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February 15, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in October of 2012. It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months…

This cartoon was drawn by a 16-year-old homeschooler.

The title of this article is polarizing and I expect to get in trouble for writing it. As a homeschooling parent, I’m not supposed to think homeschooling superior to institutionalized education. I’m supposed to take the stance that all choices are equal in the effort not to offend anyone who prefers public schooling. It’s a hot topic in the mommy circles and one that most homeschooling moms want to avoid. We all encounter the same comments and exclamations like, “How do you do it? When are you going to put them in real school? You must be crazy! How long do you plan to do this?” My personal favorite: “I could never do that!” This article is a response to all the times I’ve wanted to answer truthfully but held my tongue in order to preserve peace.

Disclaimer: Let it be understood that I believe in the freedom of every individual to choose how to raise their own children how they see fit. This does not prevent me from having an opinion as to the nature of public school and what state-run education inflicts on American children. This is based on personal experience and years of study and research. Further, many of you will argue that none of the examples in this article have ever happened to your child in your school. My answer is, not yet. I warn you, if you are a public schooling advocate and you continue to read this article you may become unhappy with your current choices and find yourself at a homeschooling conference and facing disapproval from your social circle. Read at your own risk.

8. Social Programming for Dummies.

Most people worry that homeschoolers aren’t properly “socialized,” whatever that means. As if uncivilized children should socialize each other (bad idea). Anyone who has read Lord of the Flies knows how that ends. And if the teachers are supposed to do the socializing, why can’t parents? Every homeschooling family I know (and that’s quite a few) has as many, if not more, extracurricular activities for their kids as everyone else. There are 4-H, Girl/Boy Scouts, Jiu Jitsu (that’s us), music lessons, art lessons, metal working, speech and debate, sports and more.

But the most important difference in home-school socialization is that the social values taught come from the parents instead of the state. During our lessons we learn about reading, writing, math, science, history, Bible, Christian character, and art. We spend absolutely zero time on fictional, apocalyptic “global warming.” We don’t preach at them about marriage “equality” or teach them how to put condoms on bananas. We do, however, teach them the nutritional value of bananas and how to be a good steward of the earth by composting the banana peel after we eat it. The state’s values have no effect on our children. When we teach history, we teach them the values of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. We do not blather on endlessly about the supposed heroics of mass murderers like Che Guevara. Because of this difference, homeschooling parents produce inherently American children.

A person isn’t American simply because he was born here and exists here, but rather because he has internalized and embraced American values. Home-teachers have the freedom to teach the real history of America that includes the Bible and its influence in American government and in the lives of our Founders. Without this knowledge (whitewashed from public curriculum), a child will learn a false history of his country and never truly understand the concept of rights that come from the Creator and not men. This one idea is so important, so vital, yet it is left out of context. As a result, these children grow up to attend colleges where “speech codes” punish free-thinkers and no one thinks it’s odd, not to mention illegal.

Publicly educated kids grow up too susceptible to the idea that “hate speech” should actually be silenced instead of balanced with more speech. They sit at the feet of the progeny of Marxist professors who fill their heads with ideas as old as civilization, ideas of madness and tyranny disguised as “fairness” and “equality.” This kind of education does not create Americans. Our children are being robbed of their rightful inheritance. Gone is academic excellence and here to stay is social programming.

My home is a happy vacation from such wrong-headed and stupid ideas. (And my children’s teacher wouldn’t be caught dead on strike in a Che shirt.)

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As for me the first the most reasonable thing is the safety. We all know that is has been a while since we started hearing that awful news about shootings and by the way, kids still tend to bring guns to school. So it is better for my child to work on things like essays and many others school home assignment at home under my careful watch. And of course all those reasons you have mentioned above. Thanx a lot for a great post.
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Disclaimer: I am a white male with a left leaning view of life. My views are my own and probably going to be ignored but here goes.

I come from a country (New Zealand) in which home schooling is not required. Yes we had bullies but we also had friends, lots of them.

Your discussion of how some of the great men and women of our history have been home-schooled (though I suspect they had governesses) reflects not necessarily a better way but the only way available at the time. Schools are expensive as is the loss of productivity of all the mom's / dad's leaving the workforce to home school their children.

Which is better I don't know. I am pleased you are enjoying it and it sounds like your children are too. This is great.

I wish I had learnt as your children do but is it really preparing them for university/college and life beyond, can they concentrate for prolonged periods in just one spot? Are they prepared for their first sexual encounter? Can they write scholarly work with the fundamentals you have shown them? I ask this because my wife came from an alternative schooling much like your home schooling and when she entered University she was shocked at how hard some of this was, how papers had to be prepared in a particular way.

As a final note and it is a sad stat and I am not saying this is true in your family as it sounds like it isn't and is very loving, open and gives me joy just reading about it but sexual predators of children are much more likely to be another family member not a teacher (an uncle maybe), in fact the teacher may be the person that makes you aware of it as my mother was re my father. I hope this never happens in your life as it was terrible in mine but the emotional blackmail of my father made it very hard for me to open up about it directly with my mother or other family members.
23 weeks ago
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I homeschooled our two daughters. Both are now college graduates, and successful adults. Neither currently have a career where they have to sit in one spot and concentrate on something they find boring or distasteful. Both are exceptional writers, sound thinkers, and confident social creatures. The eldest is married, and the younger is in a relationship that may, if she chooses, lead to that ~ so I think the sexual encounters worked out well. It's not for everyone, but our kids were fine in all the areas you worry about.
23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
Love your article! I'm a former teacher, but in today's world, I'd keep my kids home for a decent education. Sad what many of our schools have become, not the least of which is dealing with political correctness. It's hard to be a parent these days..
23 weeks ago
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Hope you're right about that. Unfortunately, considering how long I've been exposed to Public Education and Academia (ie, colleges and universities) and the kinds of junk they've pushed since Rousseau hijacked/created education, I'm not sure I can trust myself with homeschooling my kids when I have them. I fear I'll become what I hate, the whole "he who fights monsters will become one" dictum. If I teach my kids, what's to say I don't end up becoming like Heather Lucas or Richard Palmer, people who hated on Christianity and pushed leftist principles. To give an example, I fear becoming what Magneto ultimately became in X-Men First Class: He defeated Shaw, the one man he hated most, and avenged his mother, but then despite hating him he embraced his sick teachings.
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