KINNETT: Why Two Public School Teachers Are Choosing To Homeschool

How do two highly effective-rated, public school teachers make the call to homeschool their kids? It wasn’t an immediate decision, though now that we’ve made that choice, we couldn’t be more excited to begin. Though every family is different, and homeschooling isn’t something that should be entered into lightly, the following are our reasons for making the jump (and not looking back).

First and foremost, my wife and I were struck with the lack of education that takes place during most of the day in public schools. In almost all public schools, most of the six-to-eight hours spent in the building are wasted on waiting. Students wait for others to finish. Students wait in lines to move between rooms. Students wait in line for the bathroom. Students wait through lunch. We estimate that fewer than 2-3 hours per day are actually spent learning. This fits with the research we’ve done with homeschool families, who claim that their students finish daily assignments and lessons in about 2.5 hours. The rest of the day can be devoted to creativity, extra remediation, leaping ahead, housework, skill development or educational trips.

Of course, a large reason we look forward to homeschooling is the opportunity for individual

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