12 Reasons Homeschooling is On the Rise in the United States

In recent years, an increasing number of families have been embracing homeschooling as an alternative to traditional education systems. This trend reflects a growing desire among parents to take a more active role in their children’s learning journey, while tailoring to their individual needs and values. The following are some issues that may be causing this exodus of homeschoolers from the public school system.

Gun Violence in Schools Has Caused Safety Concerns

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A large portion of parents have chosen homeschooling for their kids out of safety concerns. When kids are at school, parents can feel a sense of helplessness, as they can’t protect them from violence and safety threats.

Looking at the statistics of gun violence in schools, the following information stands out:

  • There were more school shootings in 2023 vs 2022, creating a new record
  • There were roughly 5-10 incidents weekly in 2023
  • School shootings increased sharply from 2018 onwards
  • Most shootings are committed by someone with a link to that school or community

Peer Related Crimes 

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It isn’t just gun violence that is concerning parents. While that is certainly the most dangerous and serious, peer-related crimes are another issue. These crimes include fighting, stealing and more. Again, in the school environment, parents have no control over the situation.

Bullying 

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Bullying has been in the spotlight for several years now, shining a light on how damaging it can be mentally and physically. While some progress is being made to combat all forms of bullying, it’s not possible to stop it in all cases. For kids who have experienced bullying, homeschooling can be a welcome solution.

The Pandemic Showed the Positives of Homeschooling

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out in 2020 and schools across the country quickly shifted to online learning, it was a wakeup call for many. Online learning isn’t ideal for every child, but many flourished. This was an opportunity for parents to see that online learning and homeschooling were viable options, and for some kids, it was better. Homeschooling can also be a better for kids that have a hard time concentrating in the traditional school environment, or have special needs.

Parents have said that they appreciate being able to assist their child at their level, which may not be on par with the majority in the classroom. They could be learning at a slower or even faster pace, both of which impede their ability to learn in a classroom full of kids learning at the same pace.

Racism

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Unfortunately, racism is still a large problem in schools across the country. Racism can limit their ability to learn and get the foundations they need for a future career. Homeschooling is a way to escape that environment and learn in a nurturing and safe manner.

Political and Religious Reasons 

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Political and/or religious beliefs are also motivating people to leave public schools. Parents and guardians may not agree with the school or their district’s teachings, so they feel their only option is homeschooling. There is no question that homeschooling provides greater control over the curriculum.

Distance

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Logistics is another factor pushing people to homeschool. Even though every child lives within a school district, it doesn’t mean their school is nearby. For those who live in ultra-rural areas, the commute to and from school can be long. In those cases, homeschooling can make more sense.

Resources are More Readily Available

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Since the pandemic, a wealth of resources has become available to adults who were suddenly forced to act like teachers. Taking an active role in their child’s education may have initially caused fear and doubts, but with the resources that were offered, parents and guardians started to see it was indeed possible.

Some of the most beneficial resources have been virtual classrooms, digital textbooks, readily available lesson plans, learning tips, and much more.

Homeschooling Support Groups are Making Things Easier

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It used to be that parents and guardians who opted for homeschooling often felt alone and unsupported. Today it’s a different story, with homeschooling parent and guardian support groups popping up everywhere. It gives adults a chance to talk with others in the same position sharing concerns, advice, insight, and tips.

The Stigma Is Lessening

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All of these reasons have contributed to erasing the stigma that plagued homeschooling for so long. Homeschooling used to fall victim to misconceptions and misunderstandings that painted a negative picture. While some stigma may still exist today, it is becoming less and less as people learn more about what homeschooling entails.

Kids Can Still Socialize 

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One of the biggest things that held parents back from homeschooling was the lack of interaction their children would have with others.

Since homeschooling has become so popular, parents are now putting together field trips, activities, sports events, and more with other homeschooling families. This ensures that kids still get to socialize and don’t miss out on the traditional in-person schooling experience.

Physical Disabilities 

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Should a child have a physical disability, the school’s resources or accessibility may not be adequate. The child may be better suited at home where they are comfortable, can easily access spaces, and have the resources and aides needed. 

The Most Common Reasons Kids Drop Out of School

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The decision to drop out of school is a complex interplay of various factors, each contributing to the disheartening trend of premature school exits. While education stands as the cornerstone of personal and societal development, a disconcerting number of students choose to abandon this path. The following are the most common reasons behind this disheartening phenomenon, aiming to shed light on the intricate challenges students face and the systemic issues that contribute to their decisions.

The Most Common Reasons Kids Drop Out of School

The Outdated School Lessons We Need to Unlearn

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Education is one of the most important things that any child can get, but this doesn’t mean that our educational system isn’t flawed. Sometimes our schools teach us things that just aren’t true, and as time goes on and science advances, we find out that some of the so-called facts we learned in school were inaccurate.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common facts that we were taught in school which have since been proven wrong.

The Outdated School Lessons We Need to Unlearn

13 Disturbing Signs That a Child May Be a Psychopath

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As a parent, you want only the best for your child. You want to believe they will have a wonderfully happy and fulfilling life. You also want to believe your child is healthy both physically and mentally, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for all. Some children suffer from serious psychological disorders that can stem from various issues and circumstances, but does that mean the child is a psychopath?

Here are 13 disturbing signs that a child may be a psychopath.

13 Disturbing Signs That a Child May Be a Psychopath