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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:40 AM
Your experiences are repeated everywhere in the country. Regarding 4 hours per day teaching, that would be exceptionally high. In public schools, the average student gets about 7 minutes per day of actual, individual instruction. If you, as a homeschooling parent, can devote a single hour to individual instruction of your child, you provide almost 10 times as much individual instruction time as a public school. And by the way, that 60 minutes of individual instruction doesn't have to be all at once. It can be spread out during the day: 15 minutes with math in the morning, another 10 minutes with reading at noon, maybe 15 minutes discussing a science problem in the afternoon, and so forth.

Who knew? My parents are cool. Homeschooling is becoming hipster. Celebrity parents like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie proudly discuss their homeschooling lifestyle. But pioneers like my parents set the trend of educational freedom.

The plan was to send me to public school. My mother enjoyed her job as an R.N. and was not bored. She was simply a creative rebel. And my father encouraged her to pioneer—because he believed in freedom.

My mother is a rebel with her own style. She once told me: “I never wanted to be like anyone else. I always did my own thing. But my...