Homeschooling is commonly known as home education. It is usually conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher. Although many children were home educated in Canada ‘s early centuries, the modern homeschooling movement began in the 1970s. It was informed by an alternative education movement that developed out of the various sorts of counter cultural activism in the 1960s in North America.

Homeschooling is legal in almost all countries in the world. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the UK, homeschooling can be done either full or part-time and homeschooling in India is not regulated by any authority and there is no registration required for students. Students seeking certification, can opt to take the IGCSE exam as private candidates or sit for the grade 10 and grade 12 exams of NIOS. The practice has been informally permitted following a statement in 2010 by then minister of education, Kapil Sibal, who stated, ‘If somebody decides not to send his/her children to school, we are not going to interfere.’ It is estimated that half a million children per year are homeschooled.

There was a seventeen-year-old homeschooled Mumbai girl who got a scholarship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) without having a Class 10 or 12 certificate, based purely on her computer programming talent. She is a three-time medal winner at the International Olympiad of Informatics, more commonly known as the Programming Olympiad, which helped her secure a seat at MIT.

Home education has been legal in Russia since the fall of the Soviet regime in the 1990s and has gained recognition from both the media and society in general. Russian law specifically states that the parents are the primary educators of their children. Russian tennis phenom Maria Sharapova was just four years old the first time she picked up a racket. She was nine when she enrolled in the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It wasn’t long before she declared herself a major force to be reckoned with. At age 11, Maria’s parents decided that her mother would homeschool her so the young athlete could focus on tennis. By 13, Maria won her first International Junior Tennis Championship, which was quickly followed by the prestigious Rising Star Award. Though she continued to compete, Maria has an Olympic silver medal, and is the only Russian to hold a career Grand Slam.

In the United States, Christopher Paolini was homeschooled for his entire academic career and holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest author to pen a bestselling book series. Paolini was just a teenager when he wrote his fantasy series. Superstar Taylor Swift also pursued homeschooling and even graduated high school early.

Please note: Germany is not opened to homeschooling and there are expats in Germany who are prosecuted for homeschooling.

Reasons Why Families Opt for Homeschooling

  • Can provide a holistic education at home
  • Want to be aware of what the child is learning.
  • Religious reasons – allow to teach faith in depth
  • Poor learning environment at school
  • Home atmosphere is more relaxed, and schedule can be tailored to child’s needs and interests
  • To develop character/morality
  • Object to what school teaches
  • School does not challenge child
  • Behaviour, emotional, psychological reasons
  • Child has special needs/disability
  • Transportation/convenience
  • Child could not get into desired school
  • Enable family to travel (Check out worldschooling)

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