The Rise and Future of Homeschooling


What does Condoleeza Rice, C S Lewis, Thomas Edison, Venus and Serena Williams have in common with the mathematics whiz Esther Okade? They were all homes schooled at one point or the other.

Homeschooling was so popular in the time past that most of the earliest presidents of America never went to any formal school. The popularity went down as schools became ubiquitous and parents began to work more in non family holdings outside their homes. The trend seems to have reversed back in recent years as it started growing again. Some estimates in the United States put the growth of homeschooled children at between 2% to 8% per annum. It is believed that in 2016, around 2.3 million American children were being homeschooled.

Homeschooling was so popular in the time past that most of the earliest presidents of America never went to any formal school. The popularity went down as schools became ubiquitous and parents began to work more in non family holdings outside their homes. The trend seems to have reversed back in recent years as it started growing again. Some estimates in the United States put the growth of homeschooled children at between 2% to 8% per annum. It is believed that in 2016, around 2.3 million American children were being homeschooled.

Even here in Nigeria, there is a sharp rise of homeschooling among the middle and upper class. A Google search will reveal many websites and forum discussions around the topic. Many things can be attributed to as the cause of the homeschooling. Some point at the failure of schools to impact knowledge. Others point at the rising costs of schooling a child. While many parents talks about their personal experience in school as children.

The rise of homeschooling did not take all the characters of the homeschooling from the past. Normally, a homeschooled child will be taught by one of the parents but these days, that may not always be so. Sometimes, parents employ a teacher who comes from time to time to teach the children. This has led to the growth also of a cohort of teachers whose only job is to move from home to home teaching.

The growth of technology has enabled and made easier the works of these itinerary teachers. In Europe and Asia, teachers climb to the front of screens and teach children miles away across computer. With great interface for live video classes, screen sharing and white board features, anyone could teach any child from anywhere in the world. Some parents have adopted homeschooling fully using technology while others have used it to augment the learning of their children.

Here in Nigeria, with the gradual growth of tutorial services offering different forms of online teachings, one could predict that sooner or later, the internet will flip that whole space and non usage of technology becomes the exception rather than the norm. Teachers could teach students using applications that help them follow their schedule steadily without losing a meeting. They can also crowd teach a host of student online and a host of other ways.

In conclusion, the growth of homeschooling trend will get larger as technology opens more vistas of application for the third party teachers and their parents.

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