Is Homeschooling Normal?

There are so many reasons – is it the norm to put your child in school, absolutely – it is what people have been conditioned to do since public education began almost 100 years ago. Is it what we have been doing for centuries here in America – No! When did public education start and why?

Stephanie Watson, writer for HowStuffWorks

“Hundreds of years ago, most learning happened at home. Parents taught their children or, if their families could afford it, private tutors did the job. …by 1918, all American children were required to attend at least elementary school.”

“Here’s a funny thing about education — it comes in all shapes and sizes. When you get curious about something and come to a place like How Stuff Works to learn about it, you are participating in a form of homeschooling. This is sometimes called interest-motivated education or self-motivated education. You get interested in something for whatever reason, that interest motivates you to learn about it, and you do learn about it by doing your own research.”

Main article: Education in Colonial America  from Wikipedia

“The first American schools in the thirteen original colonies opened in the 17th century. Boston Latin School was founded in 1635 and is both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States.[1] Cremin (1970) stresses that colonists tried at first to educate by the traditional English methods of family, church, community, and apprenticeship, with schools later becoming the key agent in “socialization.” At first, the rudiments of literacy and arithmetic were taught inside the family, assuming the parents had those skills.”

  1. ^ “History of Boston Latin School—oldest public school in America”. BLS Web Site. Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-06-01.

As you will note, education at home was the norm, and even the preferred method for certain subjects. So, it is in our history as a nation to educate at home. It is also a liberty we enjoy in America to educate ourselves and our children on what we feel is interesting and important. I would bet that most of you reading this have used  this week, or maybe even today. That is education.

Today we have so many resources on education that homeschooling is not mysterious anymore. Google homeschooling and see what you get!! The important thing to remember is that you have choices in education – so exercise your freedom!

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