Homeschoolers: Who and Why

There are lengthy articles online about who homeschoolers are and why they homeschool. Why some parents homeschool and who these people are can be summed up in the very short paragraphs below.

Why Decide to Teach your Children at Home?

Why would parents decide to teach their children at home when they could send them to school? That is a reasonable question, after all; schools have existed for a while now, not forever, but so long that it has become an expected thing to do. There are many reasons why parents decide to teach their children at home and their thought process operates within one or a mix of the two opinions listed below.

  1. Parents want to teach at home [for one or more reasons]
  2. Parents need to teach at home [for one or more reasons]

It is that simple and if I talked about this at length, it would only get complicated.

Who are Homeschoolers?

The one thing that I want you to take from this is that those who teach their children at home are individuals who may or may not have anything in common with other each except for homeschooling. Homeschoolers cannot be categorized as anything other than "Those who Homeschool".


How to spell or refer to homeschooling:
There isn't any official way that I know of and the following words can be used to refer to homeschooling and most of those who hear or read them will know what you are talking about:

  • homeschool
  • home-school
  • home school
  • home education
  • home ed
  • school at home
  • children learn at home - does not exclusively refer to home ed
  • teaches children at home - does not exclusively refer to home ed

Is it legal to home school?

Speaking for the United States of America, yes, as of this writing 2/2011, it is legal to homeschool. Each state has its own set of laws regarding home education, so be certain that you read your state's laws regarding teaching your children at home.

Donna Young

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