Homeschool is a verb is defined as “to teach your children at home instead of sending them to a school” (Homeschool). This means that a child is not taught at a public or private school; But the child is not necessarily just taught at home. Many homeschooling students participate in learning with other homeschooling families. Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states, and in the United States alone, it is estimated that there are between 1.7 and 2.1 million homeschooling students. However, it is hard to know the exact number of these students since some states have different laws and do not require reporting (Frequently). Perhaps in the years to come, states will become more regulated across the board about reporting.
There are many regulations required for homeschooling, but these differ state to state. New Hampshire is considered to be moderate in terms of their regulations, while Rhode Island is one of the strictest states. In New Hampshire, an annual letter of intent is required, as well as a portfolio of the student’s work. An annual evaluation is also completed, whether by a certified teacher or through standardized testing (Homeschooling). Although there are multiple different ways to assess the work of a homeschool student, these two ways are the most popular in New Hampshire.
Parents decide to homeschool their children for multiple reasons. The most commonly given reason for homeschooling is religious and/or moral values. These reasons make up roughly seventy-five percent of parents. Some of these parents want more spiritual lessons taught that would not be provided in other schools. Others do not want their children to learn about evolution theories or sex education. The second most popular reason for homeschooling is inadequate school-based education. Many parents in this category have tried both public and private schools and state unhappiness with the schools. This unhappiness is sometimes caused by a lack of individual attention for their child in the classroom, which can be challenging for a teacher with twenty or more students with different needs. Some children who do poorly in a large classroom excel at home with one on one attention. Parents in this category also list school safety concerns after recent tragedies that have occurred. Lastly, the third reason given for homeschooling is because of political beliefs. These parents tend to be liberal and want their kids to have more freedom in the classroom, as well as more student-led instruction (Frequently). These are just some of the many reasons why parents choose homeschooling.
The general curriculum for homeschooled students is very similar to a regular school setting. In Rhode Island, students are required to study reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, history of the United States, principles of American government, and health and physical education. Also, beginning in the fourth grade, homeschooled children must begin studying both the history...