Years ago when I would mention homeschooling to friends or strangers, I was bound to receive one of two replies: Either they applauded but assumed it was something they couldn’t do themselves or they had bought into stigmas surrounding homeschooling and would never choose it. 

But with school closures due to COVID, parents were thrust into homeschooling or long-distance learning, whether they wanted to do it or not. This left many of them feeling overwhelmed or lost. In my personal experience, as one who was homeschooled, I have found that homeschooling was and is, actually easy. As with anything worthwhile, there is a certain level of difficulty, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 

At the risk of sounding flippant, I’d like to offer two reasons why I think more people should homeschool and five tips for making the most of it.

The word “indoctrination” has been thrown around quite a bit today in discussions of the public school system, but that problem is not a new one. Government education is necessarily rooted in principles of socialism.. That may be a hard pill for some to swallow, but if you look at the construct of public education you will see it’s true. In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto, they listed “free” public education as one of the features of their “10 Plank” system for seizing power. If we have learned anything from history it is this: in order for socialism to work there must be a certain level of indoctrination. Who better to manipulate than children?