When money is tight, homeschoolers put the kids back in school, right? Actually, it’s the other way around. Some actually pull kids out of school (read HERE). Some just keep on doing what they are already doing. Despite tough economic times, homeschooling still happens. In fact, homeschooling continues to grow steadily, up 74% in just 8 years, reports USA TODAY (Janice Lloyd, 2009).
There are many reasons why people choose homeschooling and it is beyond the scope of this article to list them here. But, one thing remains constant, no matter what the reason: homeschooling has little to do with the money. Ups and downs in family income, job changes, and cut-backs of all kinds do not deter families from doing what they feel is best for the kids. The things that bring families to homeschooling in the first place are still there, whether the money is or not.
An article by David Crary (Associated Press, 2009) confirms this notion. Instead of giving up on homeschooling, families are giving up other things instead. Cutbacks in extracurricular activities, meals out and other luxuries are one way to keep the homeschool operational without sacrificing the quality of the education.
Some non-working parents are also choosing part-time employment to supplement the family income. Or, the primary (often sole) bread-winner is needed to work extra hours so that the other parent alone can handle all of the schooling at home. “Homeschoolers are pretty self-reliant”, says one parent who was interviewed.
Families are already too familiar with making sacrifices for the sake of homeschooling; making deeper cuts in the budget isn’t too far from something they are already pretty good at (Moreau, 2010).
A role-reversal sometimes occurs when the traditional bread-winner loses a job and the other parent rejoins the workforce. Viewed as an opportunity, homeschooling can take on a whole new dimension as the other parent becomes more involved in the direction and teaching. Bonds are also strengthened during these times as children adapt to the other parent and a new mode of operation.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to end due to excessive belt-tightening. Families across the Country are making it happen, even joining the millions of families already homeschooling, despite tough times.
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- Families keep homeschooling despite tough times
- Home schooling grows
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