At Praxis, we love homeschoolers. Their motivation to learn hasn’t been crushed. They’ve built things instead of simply studying for a test. These are some of our favorite articles supporting education at home.
Penelope Trunk started writing her blog to figure out whether she wanted to homeschool or not. Her research overwhelmingly convinced her in favor of homeschooling. She has written articles that cover the most controversial homeschool topics like Real Measures for Socialization and Career Ruin: Homeschooling.
“Classrooms don’t prepare young people for success in life and career. They’re slow, expensive, often boring, the incentives are all wrong, the setting is dull, customization is almost non-existent, and lack of real choice means peers and professors alike aren’t the most valuable people to add to your personal network.
Home educators and self-directed learners know this. They eschew the conveyor belt approach to education. They step out of the classroom and into the world. They understand that real learning is a lot more fun, varied, and valuable than chasing the same paper as everyone else.”
Homeschoolers are trailblazing a model that professionals are noticing. Why did it take them so long?
Peter Gray was an advocate for alternative education before it was cool. He has a huge vision for the future that revolves around self-directed learning. He has written numerous books on the topic, including Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.
Durenda is a writer and speaker whose mission is to encourage other parents on their journeys. She has homeschooled for years. Redefining Education is another wonderful resource, this time from Wilson’s podcast.
Zak Slayback is an entrepreneur whose focus is on learning the skills you need without college. After working with homeschool students, he wonders why they are so focused on getting into college.
The Weird Unsocialized Homeschooler Blog takes many homeschool ideas from a different perspective. 50 reasons is a great example; instead of focusing on the parents, Kris looks at homeschooling from the kids’ perspective. Another great example is this article examining alternatives to college.
Krista identifies with the questions that many homeschool parents get, and answers the concerns about homeschooling that everyone faces.
Krista wrote a review on Praxis. Check it out here!
“Homeschooling is a type of entrepreneurship in itself. Homeschoolers are people who see the current services being provided in education as not fitting their needs and who decide that this will not prevent them from creating an education that best fits themselves or their children. Where most people would throw up their arms and give up, homeschoolers see a gap as an opportunity to provide something better.”
Why are homeschoolers so well set up for success? This infographic might give you an idea.
Homeschooling through high school is the focus of Breakthrough Homeschooling. Check out this article focused on Alternatives to College for Homeschoolers.
Why NOT Take a Gap Year? by Zak Slayback
“Students who participate in gap years say that they end the year feeling more confident and mature about their lives, knowing what they want to accomplish, feeling intellectually stimulated, and knowing they’ve gained experiences that college cannot give them.” Gap years can be great experiences for young people as they figure out what they want to do in life!