to provide the education of your children at home rather than at public or private schools; a viable alternative to educational institutions operated by civil governments, religious or private entities.

Pros

  1. You are better able to instill your values and beliefs as there are more opportunities for interaction and while learning.
  2. You are better able to shield your children from outside negative influences.
  3. You control what your children learn and when they learn it.
  4. You can provide your child with customized attention in any subject where there is difficulty or excellence.
  5. The family bond is reinforced as the child draws his primary identity from his membership in your family rather than from his peer group.

Cons

  1. Home schooling is more expensive than public school especially if you give up a salary.
  2. You must learn to home school effectively – research difficult subjects and appropriate curriculum, find or develop extra curricular activities, team up with other homeschooling parents and tutors, and separate the roles of teacher and mom.
  3. You may end up spending 24 hours a day with your child for several days at a time.
  4. You must find children with whom your children can interact, socialize, and compete.
  5. You may have to justify your decision to home school to family and friends.

Resources:

National Black Home Educators

Home School Legal Defense Association

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