Below are my thoughts on why homeschooling works so well... (my DFL - dear friend Lori, LOVES my analogies so she is gonna LOVE this post!)
I believe that homeschooling is like personal training. If you have the means, a personal trainer is a GREAT way to get in shape. This person with a TON of fitness knowledge develops a plan personally tailored for YOU. Are you thick around the thighs and want to slim down??? a little more cardio is on the menu for you. Are you struggling with back problems??? ab exercises and back stretching may do the job. Are you a AVID exerciser whose hit a plateau? cue the variety of cross training. Is a personal trainer the only way you can get in shape??? No. Is a personal trainer affordable, possible, attainable for EVERY person??? No. But would a personal trainer be beneficial to EVERY person??? YES!
Homeschooling is a lot like that. If you have the means, desire, and ability, homeschooling is a GREAT way to get an education. This person who is an expert on YOU (your mom... or dad) develops an educational plan personally tailored for YOU. Are you a student who HATES to read? enter book reports on your FAVORITE subject. Are you a student who struggles with math but loves video games? here comes a BRAND new computer program that teaches you math while you play. Are you someone who is OBSESSED with the military? cue the project on the Marines. Is homeschooling the only way to get an education??? NO! Is homeschooling possible for EVERY person??? NO! But would homeschooling benefit every child??? YES! As an educator, I really truly do believe that there is not a child out there who wouldn't benefit from at least a little time in a one-on-one (or one-on-four) type educational setting which was PERFECTLY tailored to THEIR specific needs.
In my opinion this personal trainer-like quality of homeschooling is why is works SO well. I just keep trying and trying and trying (not to CRAM the same exact canned lesson into my child's head but) to present learning in a way that makes them WANT it! I was like that when I was a teacher in the classroom too. And there are MANY other teachers out there who are like this; however, as I found out the hard way, just ONE year (or even most of one year) under a teacher who is not like this... a teacher who REFUSES to bend her ways to meet a child's needs... can crush a child's spirit and even color his opinion of the whole educational process!
So while I do NOT subscribe to the notion that homeschooling is the right choice for every family and parent, I DO subscribe to the notion that homeschooling would benefit every child if it works for his/her family.
Mkay... I'm gingerly climbing off my soap box now to get started on cleaning my house. Have a great day everyone!