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This post was edited by Gayle at 2017-2-26 15:33|
Homeschooling is a new fad started by religious sectarians in the U.S.A.
A lot of people have that impression, because the religious-sect homeschoolers are the most well-known because they are controversial. And some of them are nuts, and then the question begins, should nuts be allowed to homeschool children, and if not, how could the law possibly differentiate between nuts and good parents?
In actual fact, the modern homeschooling movement began in the 1970s and the original impetus for it had nothing to do with religion. It came out of the feeling of many parents and children that the public schools were too regimented, that they killed children's creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking, replaced the joy of learning with drudgery, and did not respect or nurture their individuality -- the same kinds of criticisms directed at Chinese education today. For that first wave of homeschooling parents, homeschooling was a way of overcoming those problems of public education, at least for their own child, and to teach their child to be a creative thinker and a questioner. (So my first thought about this thread was, maybe some Chinese parents are seeking that for their own children.)
Then there are homeschoolers who take their children out of public schools for other reasons. Sometimes it is because their children are being bullied, sometimes it is because their children are getting peer pressure to engage in negative activities. Sometimes it is because the child has special needs that the school is not meeting. Sometimes it is because the child is gifted.
The religious home-school movement started and grew in the 1980s during the era of Ronald Reagan. Today, most people in the USA probably think of religious sects when they think of homeschooling (because there is justifiable concern of groups brainwashing their kids and keeping them socially isolated from anyone with a different view). But it is not true that the homeschooling movement started with religious sects, and even now the religious sects may not represent the majority of homeschoolers.