For over 300 years teachers acting as personal tutors have helped children with their education, one child or family at a time. However, times move on and now with the help of the Quick Membership Sites program teachers are able to reach out to many children at the same time.
As a teacher, you are uniquely placed to give support to parents considering homeschooling. The number one concern for parents is finding age-related teaching materials.
There’s something unfolding in the homeschooling industry that every family ought to know about. Specifically, how homeschooling makes the difference –
Camille Eddy, 23, a woman of colour, who now works in robotics in Silicon Valley and has her sights set on Nasa. But she doesn’t think she would have chosen her career if she had gone to mainstream school. (She even got a hug from President Obama).
Read the whole story here at the BBC
U.S. Department of Education: Homeschooling Continues to Grow!
J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years –
“Last week, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an eagerly awaited report on the number of homeschool students in the U. S. The report showed that the number of homeschool students has grown by almost 300,000 since the last report in 2007.
This report was first conducted in 1999 when the NCES found that approximately 850,000 students were homeschooled. In 2003, NCES found that this number had grown to 1.1 million. And in 2007, NCES found that 1.5 million students were homeschooled.
The new report concludes that approximately 1,770,000 students are homeschooled in the United States—3.4% of the school-age population. NCES said that among children who were homeschooled –
- 68 percent are white
- 15 percent are Hispanic
- 8 percent are black
- 4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander”.
Still Choosing to Homeschool
This is an exciting report. It shows that parents continue to choose to homeschool their children, even during a time of economic difficulty. It is especially noteworthy that homeschooling continues to grow, even though another recent NCES report showed that the number of students in private schools continues to fall.
Other interesting facts in the report: When asked why they chose to homeschool –
- 91 percent of parents said it was because of a concern about the environment of other schools
- 77 percent of parents said it was because of a desire to provide moral instruction
- 74 percent of parents said they homeschool because of their dissatisfaction with academic instruction in other schools
- When asked to select the single most important reason for homeschooling, 25 percent of parents said it was because of their concern about the environment of other schools
The most significant developments since the last report in 2007 (and again, we must approach this cautiously since the report methodology has changed) are that in five years, homeschooling has grown 17% when looking at the total number of students who are homeschooled, and 0.5% of the total number of K-12 students.
Two key differences from the 2007 report are that more parents are concerned about the environment of other schools, and fewer parents stated that their number one reason for homeschooling was because of their desire for religious or moral instruction.
USA Homeschool Kids
Total no kids 5-17 2016-17 58,202,460
Homeschooled 2016-17 1,598,905
Homeschooled 2017-18 1,642,027
FULL REPORT HERE – https://a2zhome schooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/numbers_home schooled_students/
In the UK homeschooling is also growing.
In some of England’s largest local authority areas, hundreds of young people are being home educated:
• Kent listed 1,285 children
• Essex listed 1,234 children
• Norfolk listed 1,052 children
• Lancashire listed 918 children
• Not all local authorities responded to the inquiry or did not have accurate figures for children being homeschooled in their area.
• About 85% of local authorities documented a rise in home education over those three years, with 27 authorities reporting a doubling of numbers.
This may be part of a longer trend. In December 2015, the BBC reported home education numbers had risen 65% across England and Wales in the six years to 2014-15, while in 2007, Channel 4 News documented a 61% increase in home educated children in the five years from 2002. This trend has continued each year since.
However, there is a threat to the freedom of parents to homeschool their children –
“Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Neil Carmichael, the former chair of the Education Select Committee, said he was “deeply concerned” by the news and called on the Government to consider compulsory registration for all home educated children.
“I think the homeschool movement has accelerated, but it’s difficult to determine what’s driving it,” he added. “We don’t know exactly how many are being home educated, the variance is in the region of 50,000. My concern with home education is that it’s fraught with difficulty.
“The problem is that it’s such an uncalibrated and unregulated area. The lack of regulation is one of my main concerns. How can it be that parents are being taken to court for unauthorised holidays, but at the same time they’re allowing parents to do anything they want if they decide to home educate.
“That’s why I believe that every home educator should be registered. There’s currently no requirement for compulsory registration. It’s a huge loophole that needs to be tightened.”
This threat could also be in the thoughts of other governments. Increasingly governments seem to see their own citizens as enemies if they do not go blindly along with ‘authority’.
To counter this threat, parents need access to a wide range of quality materials to aid their teaching at home. This is where qualified teachers can really help. You have been trained to teach far more than just a narrow curriculum.
Now, if you’re like a lot of teachers then you’re probably thinking about this story in terms of misguided parents thinking badly of mainstream schools. This would be wrong in most cases.
Pinning down reasons for the continuing rise is tricky. Eleanor Reardon, who set up a legal advocacy service for home educators three years ago, says parents have various motivations.
They tell us:
1. I cannot get my child into a school locally. The local authority has said I have to send them however many miles away, so I am considering home education.
2. My child has been sick
3. My child has special needs, but the school is threatening to fine me or take me to court because he’s not been in school.
Recently the UK government select committee asked for submissions from the public on their ideas about the purpose of education. This is the submission from Eleanor:
Eleanor Reardon says:
December 01, 2015 at 11:39 PM
“Education should maximise the child’s educational and emotional opportunities to grow to be able to take their place in the community of which they are a part, without foreclosing their options to live outside of that community should they so choose. (case law states that to be a suitable education: R V Secretary of State for Education and Science (ex parte) Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass School Trust, Times, April 1985.)
The current rigidity within school curricula churns out identically taught children who have learned or often not learned, identical things from a narrow range of identical topics.
In the 1950s and 1960s British education was something to be proud of, currently, we are close to the bottom of international league tables. You cannot fix that by tweaking a dying delivery system, you need to go back to basics.
Children need to feel valued, be treated as individuals and to be able to follow their own interests, not be channelled into a restrictive band of catering to the lowest common denominator.
Look at home educated children for an example. They achieve higher academic outcomes on average than do school children, mainly based on the individualised delivery that parents provide in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
Currently, the school system is punitive toward any child who does not fit the narrow parameters of expectation. Children do not thrive as herd animals, nor do they thrive in situations where almost 70% of them report bullying in some form.
The system is broken. It needs mending”.
Another submission stated:
Alan Roland says:
December 01, 2015 at 02:32 PM
“The main purpose of education is to become an educated person, therefore for each person education is an individual experience.
Children should be guided to the many and varied ways there are to acquire knowledge and experience so that they can become autonomous learners as soon as practically possible and end the reliance on teaching as the primary means of acquiring an education.
We have stifled learning by insisting on a rigid curriculum imposed on every child via mass instruction. Not only is this inefficient, it is also contrary to the spirit and intent of Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 which requires each individual child to be suitably educated according to their age, ability and aptitude and any special education needs they may have.
If you are genuine in your desire to overhaul education – start with Section 7 and build an education system that offers genuine choice, low pupil to ‘facilitator’ ratios (say 5:1 or at most 10:1) and allow children the freedom to learn unfettered by artificial constraints like the national curriculum and segregation by age, and end the mindless approach that requires teaching to the tests.
Yes – it will cost more than at present, but our nation’s children deserve far better than the current offering.”
As a teacher, you could develop lesson plans, lists of resources and give advice on teaching methods that will allow parents to help their own children.
Many home taught children do not stay outside the mainstream schools for all their education. So when they return it would be good if they were on a par with their classmates. [Often they are found to be ahead due to the more individualised attention they have been receiving at home].
As a teacher, you are somewhat constrained by the political flavour of the day in what you teach and how you teach. [I have worked within schools alongside teachers for several years and hear of their frustrations in not being able to really teach what the children need to know].
However, with the Quick Membership Sites program, you can not only develop a whole series of resources to really help parents in a very cost-effective way but also have a source of extra income yourself while still working as you do now.
In fact, over time you will probably find that you are able to reach out to so many parents that your online income exceeds your present salary.
There is always going to be a great need for quality mainstream schools but with a proportion of the population that needs to be mobile for a number of reasons – employment, housing, lifestyle choices, there is likely to be increasing numbers of children being home taught for those reasons alone.
As a qualified teacher, you have the great opportunity to be the go-to resource person that parents are looking for.
So why not take a look at what the Quick Membership Sites program can offer you?