Why You Should Homeschool

I think everyone who is able should consider homeschooling their child.

There, I said it.

Somebody needs to.

I am sick and tired of reading diatribes against homeschooling from those who have never homeschooled, don’t have children, or simply have a bias against the Christian overtones related to homeschooling.

Also, if I hear one more person talk about the lack of “socialization” as a reason not to homeschool, I’m going to erupt.

So why would anyone want to take their children out of the dominant public education system of our country and attempt to homeschool them on their own?

That’s easy.

Kids do better academically when homeschooled.

Here are the facts. And I do mean facts:

Homeschooled children significantly outperform children educated in public school systems in reading, language, math, science and social studies.

Homeschooled children’s tests scores were not significantly affected by their parents’ household incomes or whether their parents were certified teachers.

Homeschooled children perform better overall in college—from their freshman years to their senior years.

And want one more fact that may surprise you?

Homeschooled children do not lag behind public school children overall in communication and socialization skills.

Full disclosure: My wife and I homeschooled our four children through eighth grade, and then used a mixture of private Christian high school and additional homeschooling throughout their high school years.

But that’s not what drives this for me. I am not one who needs others to make the choices I made to feel better about myself.

And it’s not even the superior academics.

So why am I such an advocate?

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James Emery White
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. His latest book is What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary (Baker). To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, log-on to www.churchandculture.org, where you can post your comments on this blog, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.