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Teen Wants Parents to Agree to Homeschooling
Q: I'm 15 and a sophomore from Washington. I am not currently homeschooled but I would like to be, and I have tried on numerous accounts to ask my parents, but usually they cut me off in my first sentence and say "No!" If you could help me give them the facts, that would really help!
A: Perhaps you need to do a bit more reading and research before you can convince your parents of the many benefits of homeschooling. Try to focus on what you think are your parents' main objections. For instance, do they have concerns about homeschooled kids' academic abilities? Are they aware that kids who learn at home consistently score higher than their schooled peers on standardized tests? Did they know that by eighth grade, homeschooled kids are four years ahead of their schooled peers?
Perhaps they are concerned about their ability to teach a teen. For more information, read my article Homeschooling Teens. Maybe they are simply unsure of how to teach you at home, after you've been in school. You might find the article Leaving School and Learning at Home helpful. Of course, many parents still have the false belief that homeschooled kids are not socialized. The Socialization Myth will help to dispel their fears.
Our How to Homeschool topic page offers many resources. Read and print out any of these articles that may help your parents gain a greater understanding of what homeschooling entails.
Perhaps you need to ask for a family meeting. Set aside a day and time when there will be no interruptions and everyone has time to relax and discuss this topic in a calm, non-confrontational manner. List the reasons why you'd like to homeschool, the situation(s) that led to this decision, and the many advantages homeschooling offers. Remind your parents that they have nothing to lose by letting you try homeschooling, and if it doesn't work, you can always return to school after a mutually agreed-upon trial period. If they have any questions they need answered, assure them that I will gladly help them.
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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.