Homeschooling: The Original School Choice

By: Andrew Campanella

Homeschooling was the original school choice.

Before modern-day school choice policies took root, parents who wanted greater opportunity for their children’s education took matters into their own homes. Their pioneering efforts started a powerful movement for home education.

In fact, you may have heard of some of these homeschooled “kids” — Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, Sandra Day O’Connor, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or Susan B. Anthony (and many, many more!)

Today’s homeschooling community is fascinating, diverse, and truly connected.

In addition to posting great academic results — such as high SAT and ACT scores, and high levels of college admissions — students who are educated in the home have so many different opportunities to work with other students. Tens of thousands of homeschool communities and collaboratives, such as Classical Conversations, provide opportunities for parents and children to work together and learn from each other.

In talking with parents and homeschool leaders, the three things that have resonated most with me is that homeschool families value structured learning, strong curricular offerings, and experiential learning. I have yet to meet a homeschool family where learning wasn’t, in some way, treated as essential but also enjoyable. Now, with the availability of new technology and online coursework and curricula, homeschooling families are expanding their boundaries and ramping up even their own expectations for their children.

Homeschoolers are passionate about homeschooling, and that enthusiasm will be on full display during National School Choice Week 2017, when more than 2,000 homeschool groups will hold events, meetings, and activities. The vast majority of these events, incidentally, are to educate, assist, and inspire parents who might be considering home education. The original school choice just keeps gaining momentum!

Learn more about National School Choice Week’s President, Andrew Campanella, in President’s Corner.

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