On the internet, there are far more people that I would have expected who talk about having been homeschooled. In real life, I don’t personally know anyone who’s been homeschooled, and thus my impression of homeschoolers is somewhat limited. Think the bit at the start of mean girls, but including ill people and generally being less offensive. So, having seen all this talk of people being homeschooled, I decided to ask a question … Namely, Have you been homeschooled? This was the response:
The discussion that people made after answering this question was quite interesting, and thus the survey was born … But back to the question. The first thing I noticed is that only about 3/4 of respondents had never been homeschooled. I thought it would be more like 95% – or maybe 90%; because the internet seems like a place you’d meet people if you’re a homeschooler. The survey then went on to ask people how much for their education had been done though homeschooling, and the results can be seen in this lovely red pie-chart.
For most people, or 60% of respondents, Homeschooling was a long-term thing. Reasons for this where mainly to do with poor quality education at local schools, but living in a very remote location, college preparedness and parental working hours/lack of family contact if in a school setting were also mentioned. Because a lot of my local schools aren’t very good – until a couple of years ago, my town was officially the country’s worst school district – I totally understand why people might not want their child going to a school where people were violent/did drugs/were merciless bullies. The other 40% were only homeschooled for a year or less, with health reasons being sited as the main reason for this stop-gap style of learning. Although I’d been lead to believe it was the main reason people were homeschooled, absolutely no-one mentioned religion with regards to why they were homeschooled.
As this next (admittedly slightly blurry) chart shows, most people who were homeschooled followed a reasonably normal curriculum. A different pace of education was mentioned by most respondents, something I can empathise with, only learning in year 12 that most primary schools don’t teach their students long division, something I had learnt about 8 years previously. The idea that homeschoolers read a lot was also commonly mentioned, as well as a more creative/hands-on learning experience.
Because it’s something I heard about when originally asking if people where homeschooled – and something I briefly looked into when I misread something and thought I’d forgotten to take a certain A-level which I don’t actually need – the next section was on online schooling. 60% of respondents had been involved in this, presumably removing the need for a parent/caregiver who knew how to teach. Because of this reason (amongst others), there are countries – such as Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands – where homeschooling is effectively illegal. A couple of people also mentioned using online schooling to supplement their in-school education, be that though learning extra languages (I know the Welsh government provides online welsh-language schooling freely to it’s citizens) or bringing skills such as maths up to a higher level than is taught in the classroom.
Finally, I asked if people would recommend a homeschooling experience, and the vast majority said yes. Reasons for this included flexibility, in when and where education took place – as well as being allowed to wear pyjamas. People also said that homeschooling improved one’s work ethic – but if someone had difficulty with self-discipline, it may not be very appropriate.
As always, feel free to discuss these results, either here or at the survey’s original location. Another, possibly final, instalment will come in a fortnight’s time, but for now, Best wishes.