Homeschool is defined as an alternative form of education that takes place in the student’s home and not in a traditional school setting. In some states homeschool is actually considered to be a private school. The reasons why parents choose to homeschool their students range from opposition to school curriculum, the ability to add religious teachings into a students education, concerns about school violence, a desire to give the student more one on one instructional time, and at times to avoid some negative social aspects that come with a traditional school setting.
- Improved performance of students that may be struggling.
- Continuously give already successful students new challenges.
- Provide job skills and sense of satisfaction to students who are incarcerated leading to a lower rate of second time offenders.
- Skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic are improved which helps with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Students become more involved in learning and their schools.
- Attendance has also been shown to improve.
- Creates stronger relationships between students and teachers.
- Allow the child grow creatively and foster curiosity.
Many states support Arts in Education programs and have made them requirements for graduation from high school and parts of standards and assessment tests. One of the pitfalls that art programs run into though is that they are often the first to feel the pain of budget constraints.
There is a growing movement though to keep these programs alive. One that rests on the premise that the purpose of education has a greater responsibility than to just teach basic subject matter. That the arts help students to become life time learners, creates more of a feeling of community, to appreciate other cultures and prepares a student for an ever evolving world.