Homeschooling Gains Popularity in India

The Times of India has an article entitled More Parents Opting for Homeschooling that explains the trend of parents in India deciding to homeschool their children. As parents decide that their children are over stresses, or are not getting a quality education at school, they are removing them and teaching them at home. Like many homeschooling families in the United States, some rely on the same books used in the schools, and for others, the internet and everyday life are the tools they use to teach their children. “None of them thrust books on their children. “When my child was … Continue reading

Ya Mon, Homeschooling has made it to Jamaica

I have always thought of Jamaican education as superior to American Education. Having a great deal of Jamaican family members and friends, I had always observed that children coming to America from Jamaica were a couple of years ahead of American Children. They would always get skipped ahead a couple of grades, as far as their maturity would allow, and they tended to graduate from American schools at 15 or 16. With that said, I was somewhat aware of dangers and political unrest in Jamaica in recent years, but had no idea that it had affected Jamaican Education. Although, I … Continue reading

Homeschooling around the World: Middle East

In this my final installment of homeschooling around the world, I will address the state of homeschooling in the Middle East. I was tempted to skip this installment since there is little data on homeschooling, or even education in the area. I thought better of it because with education being non existent, poor, or unstable, I could not think of a better solution for Middle Eastern families than homeschooling. As I recently wrote, many Middle Eastern families in America have turned to homeschooling. Meanwhile education in many Middle Eastern countries is weak due to safety reasons and sexual discrimination. While … Continue reading

Homeschooling around the World Europe

Homeschooling is not unique to the United States and Canada. I am pointing this out because I often receive messages from people in other countries about homeschooling. Most are not aware of their homeschooling options. Therefore, I decided to discuss homeschooling around the globe. Here is the state of homeschooling in Europe. In Europe there is a general distrust of homeschooling and for the most part it is difficult to homeschool. Still many families fight for the right to educate children on their own terms. Bulgaria: There are less than 100 homeschooling families in Bulgaria, and homeschooling is only allowed … Continue reading

Homeschooling around the World: The Americas

This article is part of my series on homeschooling around the world. The reason for discussing this is because it has come to my attention that people all over the world don’t realize that homeschooling is an option for them, plus Americans don’t realize that homeschooling is not a unique phenomenon. In the Americas, homeschooling is flourishing, but it is not without opposition. American Homeschooling is often used as the model of homeschooling in other countries. Homeschooling in the United States Of course it is no secret that homeschooling is prospering in the United Stated in spite of opposition from … Continue reading

Homeschooling around the World: Australia & New Zealand

Homeschooling is alive and well in Australia and New Zealand. Initially, homeschooling made it possible for children in remote areas to be education. Now families may choose to homeschool for any number of reasons. Homeschooling in Australia Australia: There are between 15,000 and 20,000 homeschoolers in the country, according to reports from different educational agencies. Homeschoolers have access to public homeschooling programs as well as private. Some of the private programs available are Australian Christian Academy, Swan Christian College Online, and Yea High School. Unschooling is also popular in Australia. Australia has three homeschool associations. They are the Home Education … Continue reading

Homeschooling Around the World: African & Asia

Homeschooling is not just an American thing. I often receive messages from people in countries other than my own about homeschooling. Some of these people already homeschool their children. Some are curious about homeschooling. There are others who are not even aware that people homeschool in their country. With that said, I decided to discuss homeschooling around the globe. I would like to start with homeschooling in Africa and Asia. Homeschooling in Africa Information on homeschooling is Africa is limited due to the instability of many countries. Still there is some information in key countries such a Kenya and South … Continue reading

You Call That Homeschooling?

I took my kids to the grocery store in the middle of the day recently. It’s a trip I avoid in part because we can be no where inconspicuously and in part because I simply don’t have enough hands to hold each of the twins, plus the four year old, all while making sure that what’s in the cart is actually what we intended to purchase and not something one of my children decided would be a good purchase for us. There was no way around it though, my husband wouldn’t have been home until too late and I just … Continue reading

Should America Grant Asylum to German Homeschoolers

A German family has made its way to the foothills of the Tenessee Smoky Mountains. They want asylum because the German Governments is reportedly persecuting them for homeschooling and for their religious beliefs. “Romeike, like many conservative parents in the U.S., said he wanted to teach his own children because his children’s German school textbooks contained language and ideas that conflicted with his family’s values. He had to pay fines equivalent to hundreds of dollars for his decision, and he’s afraid that if he returns to Germany, police will arrest him and government authorities will take away his children, who … Continue reading

More on Charlotte Mason: The “Science of Relations”

In my last post, I talked about the ways in which my daughters made connections, through living books and hands-on activities, that helped them to learn (and retain what they’d learned) about various historical periods, specifically, late 19th and early 20th century history. Charlotte Mason, in her Original Homeschooling Series, spoke of these connections when she called education the “science of relations.” Miss Mason believed that children have a natural thirst for knowledge and a great capacity for amassing it. She believed that their quest to understand and absorb the world around them could be channeled quite productively into learning, … Continue reading