Online home school is a hot topic of discussion among homeschool parents, especially for high school and junior high. Traditional homeschool is still the best solution for the younger grades – below 6th grade. Online home school is the superior solution for students in the 6th grade and above. Christian Educators Academy is an online home school that offers the highest quality curriculum, with professional, Christian teachers for your children.
Home schooling is still regarded by many as unusual and a bit radical, and online home school as even more radical. Unlike the failed traditional public schools, which copy one poor policy after another, online offers students excellence in teaching, material, and teacher/student interaction. Ten years ago there were roughly 15,000 home schools nationally; today, according to the U.S. Department of Education, there are 350,000, and the number grows significantly each year. Generally, parents choose to home school their children for social, academic, family, and/or religious reasons. When choosing an online home school, these reasons are still in place.
Public schools attempt to socialize children through many avenues, including classroom management, peer grouping, and extracurricular activities. However the socialization a child actually receives is largely determined by their peer group, and this is not always well-controlled. Much of it may not be what you, or your child, wants. Not all socialization is good. Bullying, harassment, experimentation with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and premarital sex, and exposure to guns and violence are the kinds of socialization that none of us wants for our kids. The positive side of socialization—sharing, respect, communication, getting along, and relating to others—can be wonderfully fulfilled in a home-school setting. While critics charge that home-schooling leads to children who will be socially inept, and unable to adapt to real-life interaction when older, this is not the case. Introducing children to the ways of the world at a slower pace, when they are mentally and emotionally prepared, results in individuals who are happier and more stable being themselves. Homeschooled students usually excel in social manners and grace, as well as academically. We need to remember that we need to live in this world, but not be part of everything in it!
Most people agree that the public school system is NOT working. Many good teachers are overwhelmed by a political bureaucracy that fails to support, and in many cases actively undercuts, their efforts. As a result, the quality of teaching is not what it used to be. There are often far too many students per teacher for the teacher to be effective. Materials are outdated and low-quality. Teachers are forced to spend much of their time on teaching students how to pass standardized tests, rather than teaching them actual usable skills. Much time is also spend dealing with disruptive students and disciplinary issues. More homework is given than ever before. Students go to school 6 hours, and end up with 3 hours of homework.
In an online environment, teachers have the freedom and support they need to devote themselves to their students education. Teacher/student ratios are high, and teachers work individually with each student, adapting their methods to the needs of that student. The needs of one student do not interfere with the education of another. Teaching often involves direct tutoring and mentoring of the students. Students work 3-4 hours each day, including homework, and have time to socialize with friends, develop personal talents, or pursue personal interests such as music, dance, team and sports. As a result, home school students feel a great since of accomplishment. The overall atmosphere is healthy, productive, and conducive to a student’s academic success. Online homeschooling gives your child access to the best educational environment.
Religion is a major part of the American culture, but public schools are prohibited from addressing matters of faith. In a private online homeschool, your child the freedom to continue their religious beliefs, strengthen them, and share their beliefs with other Christian teachers. Everyone recognizes that public schooling has it place, but not perhaps, in your family. Online home schooling, too, is a healthy educational choice. Parents who have the dedication to do it should have every right to choose it.
Home schooling neither isolates children nor harms their academic growth; it does, however, come close to the true definition of education: the passing down of culture.