A frequent criticism of homeschooling is that educating children should be left to the ‘experts’. Opponents assert that nobody is good at everything, thus ordinary parents can’t possibly teach their kids everything there is to know.
This criticism comes in different forms. It can sound like this:
What makes them think they’re qualified to teach their kids?
or be expressed like this:
Only experienced teachers really know how to educate children!
Sometimes, it sounds like this:
Parents shouldn’t be allowed to homeschool unless they are certified teachers.
And at its silliest, it masquerades as this:
Real teachers should have to supervise homeschooling families to make sure they’re doing a good job.
Despite what some might think, the truth is that homeschool parents don’t need to know everything to do a good job. The book industry, homeschooling cooperatives (a/k/a “co-ops”), the Internet and millions of clever and resourceful homeschooling parents have made sure of that. Sure, most homeschool parents aren’t trained teachers — that’s a fact. Some are probably not all that smart, either.
And yet, despite limitations or weaknesses in certain areas, kids of these parents still manage to do a good job — a superior one if you follow research. Things like a parent’s educational background, income, or amount spent on homeschooling don’t matter a bit when tallying the final results.
How is this possible?
It would take more than a single blog post to explain. But the short version would explain that the types of families traditionally attracted to homeschooling in the first place are those that don’t mind seeking solutions. They’re people fond of asking questions and not afraid to learn the answers, either. They know what they know and what they don’t. They transfer this skill onto their kids. And they’re open to the idea of searching out whatever resources are necessary to connect themselves up to what their kids want and need to know.
Admittedly, parents really don’t know everything. But in homeschool, that’s okay. They don’t need to.
Parents may homeschool with confidence that their ability to successfully homeschool has little to do with remembering high school algebra or forgetting the the significance of those tiny little numbers on the Periodic Table. Tools exist to help with that. Though it may seem risky to some, everything really shakes out in the long run.
More important than knowing everything is the ability to find anything. That’s what makes homeschooling work.
Get information about homeschool, including a look at demographics and success rates, by ordering the free homeschool report (see sidebar). Follow the homeschooling trend by staying tuned to Quick Start Homeschool. Or, grab a copy of Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau’s revolutionary book, Suddenly Homeschooling, sold on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.