Former homeschooler, Aaron Ackerman, wrote a recent piece on: Homeschooling, A Personal Story - A Homeschooler’s Perspective. The Alaska Policy Forum shared the college junior’s educational journey up to high school age. He was homeschooled in Texas.
In the varied educational systems of the fifty states, there is one significant constant: homeschool is growing. Due to its increasing relevance as an alternative form of education in modern day society, many parents and educators are attempting to learn more of this classic, yet often misunderstood, method. This is a story of my homeschool experience and how it benefited me.
Ackerman makes the point about the homeschool opportunities available.
Perhaps one of the greatest concerns that many people have expressed to me is the worry that homeschoolers will become un-socialized recluses. The danger of reclusiveness will, of course, always be present. After all, all you have to do to find some goth or emo dudes is simply walk the corridors of your local high school. However, homeschool, is not un-socialized. In many areas, there are local homeschool clubs and events. Homeschoolers can join their local homeschool basketball or football team and play against private schools and other homeschool teams. I was on a basketball team for several years in high school. Local chapters of respected organizations, such as 4-H (in which I did archery), can contain a healthy homeschool community, and homeschool co-ops are often an option. Nevertheless, prospective homeschoolers should be aware that other avenues are closed to them.
Even as some homeschoolers form their own clubs made up of homeschoolers, many, if not most homeschoolers participate in clubs and groups enveloping the entire community’s youth – privately and publicly educated.
Aaron’s perspective is worth noting, even as I might not agree with some of his conclusions. For instance, physics can be a successful passion-led investigation for many, as long as the resources stay interesting and the learner isn’t tuned out because it’s not their study of choice.
But I enjoyed an 18-year-old young man’s reflection on the personal relationship “reward” with his parents. That is a treasure for homeschooling families.