Many years ago, my parents made a radical decision to keep their children home with them—no daycare, no preschool, no kindergarten, no elementary school, no middle school, no junior high, and no high school. Their brave decision then will change generations for centuries, because each one of my siblings and I are equally committed to homeschooling our children, should the Lord so bless us.
The reasons for my personal decision to homeschool future children are myriad. I could tell you about my academic experience—how I never scored below 90% on an achievement test, or how I was reading the Little House on the Prairie series as a five year-old, or how I scored in the 96th percentile on my SAT, or how I had the freedom to compose novels and practice piano and violin to my heart’s content. I could defend my socialization skills, my diploma, my lack of interest in the prom, and the legality of it all. I could remind you that I learned Spanish, I had science labs, and I took tests like everyone else. No, I didn’t sleep in or do school in my pajamas—I woke up between five-thirty and six every morning with every fifteen minutes of my day scheduled on a piece of paper.
But, when it comes right down to it, I’m not going to homeschool my children for superior test scores or geeky bragging rights. My children will meet the state requirements and they will learn reading, writing, arithmetic, and beyond. Perhaps they will exceed requirements and soar above average percentile scores. (On average, the approximately 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States consistently score in the 80th percentile, compared to their public school counterparts who come in at the 50th percentile .) That’s just a bonus, though. (more…)
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