Primarily focusing on the US context, Dr Annilyn Sebastian lays out the ways to consider whether home education is the best for your child and family.

Homeschooling is a lifestyle which incorporates the education of children at home (or anywhere!) by their parents. Today around the world although education at school is considered to be the de-facto standard, up until the 19th century, education was mostly provided at home in most cases and US was no exception.

In the US, up until the 19th century, homeschooling was the norm, until states started passing compulsory attendance laws. In 1970 an American educator John Holt challenged the idea that the formal school system provided the best place for children to learn. As a result, parents started withdrawing their kids from public school and more and more families resorted to educating them at homes.

By 1980s, homeschooling emerged as an organized public movement and in 1983, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association was formed, which provided necessary financial and legal backup for homeschool families. Today, homeschooling has become part of the mainstream, and is legal in all 50 states in the US.

There are numerous benefits to homeschooling, both academic and non-academic. Though homeschooling may have crossed the minds of many, there are some who do not know where to start or how to proceed. I thought of putting together some points that might help decide if homeschooling is right for you!

First of all, if you are considering homeschooling, it is good to address the following points:

(1) Homeschooling does require sacrifice and dedication. Am I willing to devote time that is required to homeschool?

(2) Am I enthusiastic about teaching my children?

(3) Will I be dedicated to seek out opportunities and avail of them?

(4) Certainly, understanding God’s will in your life to homeschool, is something to be discerned in prayer.

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Dr Annilyn Sebastian, an MD Pathologist by profession and wife of Dr Anup Skaria, is currently a stay-at-home Homeschooling mom to their 8 children. They reside in Houston, Texas, USA.