Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A View of the School from the Eyes of a Former Homeschooler

article by Addy Brandt
edited by Izabella Caruolo

Going to school is something that nearly every child in America takes for granted.  From preschool until they graduate from high school, children are stuck in the same system of school each and every day.  However, this is not the case for everyone.  Some parents make the decision to homeschool their child(ren). Homeschooled students will often choose to remain homeschooled all through their primary (elementary) education, but, some choose to attend school in either middle or high school. Those who do receive an awakening to what their peers have taken for granted since they began.  

According to the United States Department of Education, the number of students being homeschooled has had a drastic increase since 1999, when the approximated number was around 850,000 students.  In 2003, that number had grown to just over 1.1 million, and now, over 1,770,000 students in the United States are homeschooled. Why would someone choose to homeschool their child, you may ask?  Parents choose to homeschool their children for many reasons, the most prominent being concerns about the environment in the public school system that their child would be enrolled in, and displeasure in the school system and the quality of the education.  
As a former homeschooler myself, I can describe first hand how different the public school system is from homeschooling.  First, and what I found most difficult about public school, is not being able to take as much time as you need in order to understand a subject.  When I was homeschooled, I was able to take more time on the things that were difficult for me, and I could also blow through the things that came easily.  This made the transition to school difficult because now I have to get done the work and the test, regardless of whether or not I understand the material, and move right on to the next thing.  Other homeschoolers in other schools have also encountered this same problem upon attending school.  The social aspect of moving from homeschooling to public school is also quite immense.  As a homeschooler you go from being around people of all ages, those much older than you, those much younger than you, and all those in between.  At school, all of your classes and activities are with people your age, just younger, or just older.  It certainly takes a bit of getting used to,  but it is nice to be around people your age.  
For most students, school is something that is taken for granted.  You are in school from preschool until you graduate high school.  Then, maybe, you go to college for another four plus years.  When I came into school in seventh grade, I was shocked at how unappreciative some of my classmates were of the learning, and also of the teachers. For me, school was a novelty.  It was something that I had never experienced before.  I could not understand why those classmates were so anti-school.  I think that other homeschoolers have also seen this if they go to school.  Most other homeschoolers that I know, myself included,  who have gone to school have said that they absolutely love it.  Whereas a good number of our peers all harbor a deep contempt for it.   School really is something that will always have people who love it, and people who hate it.  


  1. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint. It was interesting to hear the comparison of homeschooling and being in a public school.

  2. Glad there is a format for student perceptions and perspectives to be shared.

  3. It was very interesting to read about your point of view as a former homeschooler. I agree with the fact that we, sometimes, give for granted things that others don't have.