Homeschooling: The Pros & Cons

    Homeschooling has come a long way. It’s been legal in all 50 states since 1993 and doesn’t seem to have the stigma it did decades ago. But it’s still not for every family.

    FOX’s Lisa Brady reports in this week’s ‘FOX on Family’:

    I saw a homeschooling magazine at the library then wondered, how popular is it?

    (Burk) “People homeschool for various reasons. Sometimes it’s for peer pressure reasons, sometimes academics, sometimes it’s for their faith or their religious reasons.”

    Jean Burk, founder of College Prep Geniussays the trend has grown steadily since she homeschooled her kids, now 30 and 31.

    You can set your own schedule, take off-season vacations:

    (Burk) “And every kid learns differently, I mean, another flexibility of homeschooling is being able to tailor the education to that child.”

    And she doesn’t think it hinders kids socially:

    (Burk) “I think it actually opens them up to be more open-minded and to be critical thinkers and just be someone who doesn’t follow the crowd.”

    But it’s not for everyone, especially if it means surviving on one income. Burk says find what works for your family:

    (Burk) “Because, you know, even though the days may be long, the years are short, and you kind of wake up one day and they’re not home anymore.”

    So build a relationship with your kids, no matter what kind of school.

    With FOX on Family, I’m Lisa Brady.

    Follow Jean Burk on Twitter: @collegeprepgeni
    For any parents seriously considering homeschooling, Burk says the first step depends on the child’s grade. If they’re just beginning Kindergarten, for instance, parents can research online resources and conventions for curriculum and advice on getting started. It’s also a good idea to check for any rules, regulations or requirements in your home state. Older children being taken out of public school may need help and time adjusting to the transition, depending on the reason for the switch to homeschooling.