Homeschoolers benefit the community in many ways.
Parents who home educate have the advantage of passing on their values as they live their lives in front of their children. Family values, community involvement, outreach, and community service are all easily caught, as well as taught because parents and children are together for the majority of each day.
1. Homeschoolers are not peer-dependent.
Kids tend to seek recognition from the people they spend the most time with. Homeschoolers spend more time with their families than friends, so family values come before the opinions of their peers. In today’s culture, if you take a group of teens and ask them questions which many will have differing opinions on, you will get responses based on who they are with. If they know each other and one knows that his answer may not be readily accepted, he is more likely to stay quiet and not answer. Take that same student away from the group and he will freely tell you what he’s thinking. The dependence upon the acceptance of his peer group interferes with his own autonomous thinking, often overtaking it completely. Cliques are formed this way, pulling like-minded teens together based on desiring group acceptance.
2. Homeschool families are more likely to be respectful of authority figures.
Public school students particularly are fed the attitude that they have “rights” and if something makes them unhappy they have the right to protest it. Homeschoolers generally accept the rules and respect those in charge. They grow into law-abiding citizens. Parents are able to lead by example, teaching children day by day how to respond to adults and others in positions of authority.
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3. Homeschooled kids tend to create their own path.
Far from just accepting the status quo or impressing a clique, homeschoolers have more time to follow interests and hobbies, and they do it in a big way. You can often recognize them for their “creative” fashion sense or unusual hobbies and interests. Homeschoolers enjoy many forms of art from painting and pottery to music, sewing, and stained glasswork. Science-based hobbies may include animal husbandry, aerospace, computer programming, or rocketry. Many are very involved in scouting programs and are unashamed of ther accomplishments when following their interests.
4. Homeschool families get involved in their local community.
Homeschool families can be seen serving their communities in many different capacities, from homeless outreaches and animal rescue facilities to volunteering at the local library and tutoring in local public schools. Homeschooled teens often get involved in military youth programs too, such as Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, and JROTC.
5. Families who homeschool pay education taxes like everyone else.
Homeowners pay taxes which support their community school systems and home educating families are no exceptions. The only difference is that unlike other families with school-age children, homeschool families don’t cost taxpayers education dollars. They pay into the school district coffers like everyone else, but they do not take up that money for their students.
Homeschool families pay out of pocket to educate their children. This may not seem like a big thing, but when you look at the percentage of your property taxes that go to the schools (around 34% here where I live, approximately $1200/year for our family), you can see that may add up to very large numbers when you are looking at home many families are homeschooling in your area.
Homeschoolers are some of the most flexible, creative individuals that I have had the pleasure of knowing. Teens who grow up homeschooling express feeling free to be themselves around their peers because they have not been shaped by them during all of their formative years.
Our country is in desperate NEED of youth who will ignore the status quo and take their individuality into the marketplace.