It’s one of the most common questions high schoolers ask. So, if you are wishing you could be schooled at home, you certainly aren’t alone. We asked three current and former homeschoolers to share their advice for high schoolers who are wondering how they can convince their parents that homeschooling is the right decision for them. Here is what they suggested…
If your parents are hesitant, it will be difficult. If they’re dismissive, it will be full of tribulations. But first consider why you want to homeschool. Consider why you feel your parents would provide you with a better education than a teacher and a whiteboard. If you’re researching it on this website, you probably already have some reasons in mind. Think of the best way to present them to your parents, and present them early.
Before you do that, though, understand that homeschooling is not as widely accepted as some will tell you. There are always fears involved: will my kids become anti-social? Will they not get a proper education with me teaching them? What if I’m not able to invest the time to help them with difficult high school work? Ask your parents what concerns they have about switching their life up to homeschool their children and present them with facts about it.
Lastly, consider that your parents may have very real, practical impediments to homeschooling you. They might have full time jobs preventing them from spending a lot of time on it. They might not have the finances to cover your schoolbooks or other educational resources that would be otherwise provided at a regular school. Talk this over with them, too, but present alternatives when you can. For example: not enough time? Online curriculums don’t require a heavy time investment. Not enough money? Explain what you are willing to do to help financially. Convincing your parents to homeschool your will require a lot of maturity, so do your research, think over your reasoning and talk it over carefully.
Find out what their concerns are and address them head-on. Are they worried about having time to homeschool you? Then find a way to reduce the amount of work they have to put in–for instance, by researching and suggesting your own curriculum and being responsible for getting your work done. Are they worried about college opportunities? Show them how colleges respond to homeschoolers. Maybe they’re worried about their ability to homeschool at upper levels (lots of parents are). If this is the case, maybe you should look into tutoring opportunities or online options to supplement their own skills and knowledge. Above all, you need to be proactive and responsible for yourself. If your parents think it’s just a passing fancy, or that they’ll have to constantly nag you and prod you through your work, they’ll be less likely to let you homeschool.
Research. That’s it. It’s simple. Everybody responds well to good research. Do a presentation as well! You might use some of the planning tools from this site. Sit them down for a “meeting” and present your research on homeschooling. Give statistics (throw in a lot of college talk; parents like that), create graphs, give a visual aid, find success stories from other homeschoolers, show that you really have this figured out. Be confident. If your parents have the impression that you’re confident that homeschooling is the better option, they’ll give it a few more turns in their head than if you act like you really don’t know what you’re talking about. If your parents both work and their excuse is that no one will be home with you, show them options for independent learning. Put together the BEST homeschooling plan for your family. Your plan needs to be able to fit your WHOLE family’s schedule. Good luck!