Written by Dave Pawnee
With the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020, many parents in the US are turning to homeschooling as an alternative to online classes that public or private school teachers teach their children.
Many parents took a first-hand look at how the classroom was taught and were not impressed by what they saw. Hence an increase in homeschooling.
However, homeschooling has been around for decades, and many students in college today have spent their childhoods learning academics from their parents while sitting at the kitchen tables.
Brothers Ruth and Greg Moreno attended Hillsdale College in Michigan but were homeschooled by their mother, as well as their older brother and sister (although at different times they all attended traditional schools).
Ruth is a minor arts and politics expert. Greg is a new student and has not announced his major yet.
Both Ruth and Greg attended “dual enrollment” and took college credit classes in Hillsdale while still in high school. So they were actually attending classes on the college campus when they had never attended a high school.
For home teachers, parts of school buildings may be alien concepts to them, such as an art room or a computer lab. Greg attended some sporting events in Hillsdale when he was in the ninth grade and saw a gymnasium for the first time. He said to himself, “This is way better than the aisle.”
“There are actually a lot of students in Hillsdale who are also home-schooled,” Roth said.
She estimates that up to a quarter of students were home-schooled for a “significant portion” of their previous education. “So it’s not very strange here,” said the 21-year-old.
Parents of children with special needs often choose homeschooling because they believe their children will get the individual attention they require that traditional schools cannot provide.
At the age of four, Abigail Luce was still not talking. “It was just kind of a gossip,” said her mother, Teresa Luce. (both pictured). “She can repeat what you said, but she won’t remember how to use a sentence or how to describe something she saw.”
She was later diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder.
To relieve Abigail’s frustration and anger at her inability to communicate, Teresa began teaching her sign language. A new neighbor, who was homeschooling his daughter, explained to Teresa that what she was actually doing was homeschooling.
Teresa ran with the idea and tutored her only child at home the entire time she was in elementary school.
As Morenos did, Abigail began taking college credit courses while in high school, earning credits at both levels.
At the end of the tenth grade, at the age of 16, Abigail graduated from high school. The following September, I started taking college classes online. With her handicap, she fits in better than in a personal classroom.
Abigail received an AA degree in Animation from Thomas Edison State University.
In the second year of Abigail’s homeschooling, Teresa established a support group with two other homeschooling families in her community on the southern crossroads of Long Island.
This group, called Homeschool of Long Island, currently has about 1,500 families, with about 5,800 children homeschooled, and covers all of Long Island. (One family has 13 children).
For a time, homeschooling was often associated with religious fanatics.
As members of a cult, Cathy Ledesma’s parents were included in this column. She and her fifteen siblings were born into the Sons of God (also called family), all of whom were educated at home, along with other children in the sect.
(At one time or another, the other kids on the set included River, Joaquin Phoenix and their siblings, Rose McGowan and a few other celebrities.)
Her father was mostly a teacher for her from Kindergarten to 12th grade, although her older brother likes to brag that he taught her in fourth grade.
“My mom really taught us for a little while, but that wasn’t a very good idea,” she said. She knows that her father was learning the material often before he taught it.
Homeschooling fit their missionary lifestyle. Kathy has lived in three states (in four cities in Texas alone) as well as three cities in Mexico.
Being homeschooled, Kathy was unaware of the school-related vocabulary that every other student generally understands.
“Maybe I still can’t tell you what a spirited gathering is,” said the 30-year-old. “I didn’t even know what a class was. Junior, freshman, senior… I didn’t know any of that.”
In an ironic irony, Kathy, who has never set foot in elementary school, earned her BA from the University of Texas with a teacher’s degree, from early childhood through sixth grade. She worked as a fourth-grade teacher in a public school for three years followed by one year as a third-grade teacher in a private school.
Ruth had a 4.0 GPA in the first semester of her sophomore year and again in the second semester of her first year.
“One son [from the support group]He was 15 years old when he entered college. They didn’t realize how old he was. “He got the highest score of anyone who took the test that year,” Teresa said.
According to the National Home Education Research Institute website, “Home-school students typically have above-average scores on the SAT and ACT tests considered by colleges for admission,” and “home-school students are actively employed by colleges.”
While the pandemic is responsible for the recent boom, homeschooling has already been alive and well across the country.
According to Steve Duvall, director of research at the Home School Legal Defense Association in Virginia, its growth isn’t going to slow anytime soon.
If this were done, there could be a campus in several years full of students who have no idea what detention is.