The Three Primary Reasons For Homeschooling

Posted in Just Starting Out on October 7, 2016 - by

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Your reasons for homeschooling

Families choose homeschooling for many reasons. In fact, Homeschool Base believes that there are as many reasons for homeschooling as there are homeschoolers. Nevertheless, there are three primary categories for why people choose homeschool. You should be able to identify which of these broad categories best describes you. Every homeschool family needs to first learn their reason for homeschooling.

Homeschooling for religious reasons


This group of homeschoolers is generally believed to be the largest. However, other niches for homeschooling continue to grow and have collectively surpassed this group.

There are many families that do not believe the public school systems represent their core beliefs and values. Sometimes parents decide that faith should play a larger role in their children's daily educations, routines, and lives.

Homeschooling for philosophical reasons

This category is very broad. Families that homeschool for philosophical reasons usually believe that modern learning systems and mainstream education is not the most effective or conducive way to educate their children. These homeschoolers often believe that public schools actually hinder learning and growth.

What makes this group especially broad is that there are two distinctly separate ways these beliefs are actualized. Some families believe that older styles of education produce true learning and growth. These families may appreciate the Classical learning method or may simply prefer a more antiquated learning plan. In contrast, some families believe that the solution to public education is through modern technologies. These families take advantage of modern technological advances to provide a better alternative education for their children.

Homeschooling as a solution

Teachers! Leave our kids alone

This group is even more diverse than the previous. This group is often referred to as accidental homeschoolers. Accidental homeschoolers discovered homeschooling to be the solution to a problem. They are actively homeschooling for problem-solving reasons.

Did your family discover that an experience or aspect of public school was so disappointing that homeschooling suddenly became a realistic option? Children in these families may have experienced peer pressure or bullying. Some families realize that their child with disabilities is not getting the necessary attention or resources in a public school. These families did not necessarily have extreme experiences with the public schooling systems, but they did become frustrated. In order to solve the problem, or aspect of public school, they decided that homeschooling was the best option. Almost universally, this group believes that the public school system has let them down. They did not set out with the intent to homeschool, but here they are.

Notoriously, when parents decide that homeschooling is a solution they are often unprepared to shift into the role of 'homeschool mom' or 'homeschool dad.' When an event finally pushes a family over the edge and years of frustration are brought to a climax, they become homeschool parents by necessity and accident.


In no way can these three categories account for every homeschool family. You might identify with one group, or even two groups. Homeschool Base believes that human beings are unique, diverse, and are not defined or contained by categories. This does not mean that identifying your reason for homeschooling is not important.

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5 Responses to “The Three Primary Reasons For Homeschooling”

  1. Monty Saunders says:

    We have poorly rated schools in our area and people constantly complain that all they do is "teach to the test". Even teachers we know complain about it (one in particular is a math teacher and she will flat out tell us how the common core implemented in the last several yrs has so many students struggling). Also, we feel it is our place to instill Christian values and don't feel sending our children away for 8 hrs a day to be raised by others is beneficial. Also, my daughter has life threatening food allergies. No way I could trust a stranger to keep her safe. (Not even our local hospital offers safe food! We found that out when she was there once in the ICU!) :-/ Plus, though it may be hard, draining and just flat out exhausting most days... I enjoy having this time with my children and helping/watching them learn. It is such a blessing to have them home with me.

  2. Candy Williams says:

    I work in healthcare so I see the population that's out there raising kids. I live in the southeast so the opiate problem is really bad. I wanted more control over who my children associated with on a daily basis. I wanted their friends to have parents who were really invested in their futures.
    We also do it for the flexibility with vacations.
    I also didn't like the idea of them being away at school for 8 hours then come home w homework.

  3. Angela H. says:

    God called me to do it, plus tge things already mentioned. 9 years later and I am amazed by what He has done.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I don't want my boys to have to sit still all day. I don't want someone else to get the best hours of their day and I get the leftovers, which would be filled with homework. I don't want the school system raising my kids.

    We play it semester by semester. If they need to go to schoool later on, that's what we'll do.

  5. Lisa P. says:

    When my now 8 year old was in kindergarten the class was rigorous, strict, expected way too much for a 5 year old and down right scary. It was the implementation of Common Core and the teachers interpretation. I regret sending my daughter there. Now, we homeschool.

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