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Why do people choose to home educate?

4 years ago

4 experts and 5 parents have answered

Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Parents who have kids with special needs or those who require individual development often feel their children need home education. Many feel the state does not provide the care their children need. Cut backs in schools often mean lunches are not provided, the classrooms are overcrowded and there's no "one size fits all" solution for children, and often parents feel they can provide better education when the government-funded education isn't meeting their needs.

As an aside, I think parents who home educate should be entitled to tax rebates on extra purchases like books and school supplies. As well as paying tax for state education they aren't using, they should not have to pay VAT on supplies while they alleviate the burden on school funding.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Jax Blunt
Jax Blunt home educating geeky blogger GB

We started home educating because I believed that a mass education system could never meet the needs of individual children. We continued because it works for us. My children have very different needs to each other, and wouldn't be served by state schools.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Stephanie Turner expert
Stephanie Turner English & French teacher US
  • It's a cheaper alternative to private school when public schools are poor
  • For religious reasons
  • Because the child is gifted and not being challenged at school
  • Because the child needs special attention that is not provided at school
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Experience 4 years ago
Tania Sullivan writer
Tania Sullivan HomeEd mum of 12, writer, Kent, UK

I think the key answer here is 'flexibility'. More and more people are discovering that home education is a viable, effective alternative to traditional mainstream schooling and might choose to do it, as others have already stated, for any number of reasons.

Regardless of those reasons, home education offers complete flexibility to suit them, or to suit a child's ability, learning style, interests or age. There is also the flexibility around a family's home life or responsibilities, for example, with no restrictions or constraints in either what they learn or how they learn it.

There is such freedom with home education that no other method of education offers and, as if that isn't enough reason, it has been proven to works and work well!

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Experience 4 years ago
C. Lee Reed
C. Lee Reed Tampa, US

We chose to do this for many reasons.

  1. She's safer at home.

  2. We can provide more attention and specialized training than the overworked teachers.

  3. Flexibility. If we want to take Wednesday off, we do.

  4. Curriculum is focused on items that are important and can be manipulated and added to; for better understanding.

Here's a post that we discussed this topic too:

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Experience 4 years ago
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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

It depends but probably most of them is confident that the emotional and relational surroundings play a major role in growing as a complete person. School frequently teach just how to pass exams. Not how to behave like a respectful man/woman.

No need to mention, all the technology and knowledge now available today at almost no cost !

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Opinion 4 years ago
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David Sheppard expert
David Sheppard school teacher GB
Education expert

A follow up question... (I teach but in a school, and I don't know anyone who home educates), do people home educate because they don't want to 'let go'? I felt so protective when my son started school each stage (new year, key stage etc) has been accompanied by wanting to keep him at home and give up work to teach him, but I know I'd be holding up social skills etc. Had to trust in the school... (and so far it has worked out ok, a few problems but it seems to balance out somehow).

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Opinion 4 years ago
Danilov Father of three RU

I think if you can give home educate direct from you, probably it's best of the best for your child.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Priya Desai expert
Priya Desai Speech and Language Therapist London, GB
Language expert

I work in schools; it has been interesting for me to read all your responses. Thank you. Lots of fair comments made.

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Opinion 4 years ago

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