10 Myths About Homeschooling
You may have heard of homeschooling before and you’re picture mom’s in jean jumpers with huge families, kids who can’t socialize, and students who graduate unprepared for college. Urban legends, incorrect statistics and bias can confuse parents and students who are considering or currently homeschooling. Read these 10 Myths About Homeschooling and earn the truth.
If I homeschool my kids, they won’t get into college.
Nope. While 57% of students are not ready for college academics, homeschooled children are more likely to get and STAY in a 4 year college, 10% more likely, and they have higher college GPA’s. Why? Because education that is tailored to the student enables them to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life after high school.
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Very few people homeschool their children.
More than 2.5 million children are homeschooled in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Why? The most common reason is that parents feel they can provide a better education for their child. And no wonder. We’ve fallen from #1 to #24 in the world for academics in 15 years because of large class sizes, standardized testing, and so much more. Homeschooling puts your child’s needs and goals back at the center of their education. At Bridgeway, you can download lessons plans, connect with other homeschooling parents and students, take web-based classes and email your academic advisor for fast, helpful advice. With a homeschool partner like Bridgeway, you’re in the driver’s seat of your child’s education, but you’ve got an expert companion.
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My child won’t be able to socialize properly with other children.
This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. Homeschooled children interact with parents, family members, neighbors, friends and people in the community. They attend live classes, cop-ops, sports and college courses and interact with people of all ages. In fact, we know from experience that the socialization children get during homeschooling is healthier, happier and more productive than what occurs in most traditional schools. And the internet has opened doors to online classes, live hang outs, and so much more enabling homeschooled students to connect with others like them around the world. At Bridgeway, we encourage and facilitate interaction through live classes, dual enrollment, community service projects, Facebook and social media, and more.
My child won’t learn as well as he/she would in a traditional school.
Actually, homeschooled children learn better than those in traditional schools. Why? Because their learning style, their interest, their goals are put at the heart of their education through curriculum, schedule, and experiences. Homeschooling means your child’s experience isn’t about what is best for all; it’s about what is best for them. And we know that works! Traditional schools are forced to target the widest possible range of learning abilities and styles which can result in a less-than-effective educational experience for many children. At Bridgeway, your child’s education is customized to their unique learning and testing style and matches your specific goals and teaching style as well. This kind of one-on-one attention is what makes homeschooling with Bridgeway so effective.
My kids will just sit at home all day.
Homeschooled children are active, engaged, and involved in their learning. At Bridgeway, we empower families to embrace experiential learning and extracurricular activities during the school day. From field trips to live online classes, you set your schedule and have the freedom to choose a school setting that is relaxing and inspiring. You can start anytime and we help you to design the school year that works for your schedule.
I’m not qualified to teach my child.
You may not know it, but you have been your child’s most important teacher all along. Who taught him to walk and talk? To know right from wrong? To be kind? Those lessons are much harder to teach than long division. You may not be a trained teacher, but you know your child best. And with Bridgeway, you’re never alone. We do everything we can to support you in your teaching efforts. Whether you want to be highly engaged or hands-off, we adjust our approach to best suit your distinct needs and desires.
My children won’t have access to extracurricular activities.
Homeschooling actually frees up time! Students study more efficiently and a lot more learning takes place in four hours of homeschool than in a traditional school setting. That means that homeschooled children have more time to pursue their hobbies and interests and develop their talents. At Bridgeway, you and your child are not constrained by a regimented school day. In fact, Bridgeway has helped many elite athletes and performers: gymnasts, cyclists, actors gain the education they need while still pursuing their passion. Take it from Ebee Price, Olympian, Stanford student, Bridgeway graduate.
My child won’t learn the right things.
One of the main reasons parents decide to homeschool is because they don’t believe the public school system is teaching the right lessons and instilling the proper values. With a homeschool partner like Bridgeway, your child will get exactly what they need, whatever grade they are in. We work with over 40 publishers and both textbook and online classes to ensure your child’s education is varied and sets them up for success. And you remain in control of your child’s courses while we keep track of important credits, grades, etc.
Homeschool families are all alike.
In fact, homeschoolers come from all over the country from a wide-range of political, religious, philosophical and socio-economic groups. The two main reasons parents homeschool is a lack of trust in the public school system and the desire to spend more quality time with their children. At Bridgeway, we know your child is literally one of a kind and so are you! This is why our customization goes beyond academics and includes you, your family, your needs and your schedule. With Bridgeway, you get the best of the best for your family.
All homeschool services are the same.
Some cyber schools and homeschool academies are very rigid in their curriculum and scheduling. This means you can’t tailor curriculum to your child’s learning style or academic needs. It means you have to be online at a specific time. And it means you are still required to take standardized tests. At Bridgeway, we believe there’s a better way. Whether you’re seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who requires additional attention, are nurturing an elite youth athlete or professional child actor with scheduling demands or want a values-based education for your child, Bridgeway is there for you. We customize your homeschooling experience with an individualized, flexible curriculum, coupled with on-call support, easy to use resources and course guides, and useful information for all your academic and administrative needs.
Still not convinced homeschooling is right for you? Check out what our Alumni have to say about their Bridgeway experiences. And then give us a call at 800-863-1747 to learn more about how to take back control of your child’s education.