Is Homeschooling the Best Option for Your Kids?

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New book explores why home education is on the rise.

On November 2, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (California) ruled that parents

do not have the right to preview or object to sexual or psychological material presented in school. In this particular case, elementary school children (ages 7 to 10) were given a questionnaire to rate themselves based on their emotions and feelings about activities of a sexual nature. This, yet another of that court’s controversial decisions, is just one of the reasons parents are pulling children from school systems in record numbers. School shootings (most recently, in Tennessee, November 9) and other school crimes are more negative factors contributing to the positive growth in home education. Parents of children with special needs are routinely blamed for their children’s problems but are given no options to solve those problems “in the system.” Public Education is always in the news with some scandal or another, while homeschoolers are often in the news for exceptional achievement. Homeschoolers are matriculating into college in record numbers, and people want to know how they do there and in the rest of life. Hurricane Katrina has forced many parents to homeschool who would never have considered it otherwise. Is this really the best option for their kids? So - WHY Do You Homeschool? answers questions posed by the millions of friends, relatives, and neighbors of homeschoolers in the United States.

Why has homeschooling experienced exponential growth in the last ten years and now between 2.2 and 4.2 percent of all children in the United States are homeschooled? That is the question many parents and public school advocates are asking, and it is the fundamental question answered in So – WHY Do You Homeschool? Answering Questions People Ask About Home Education (November, $12.99, 1-59781-572-1) by Mimi Davis. Over 70 other questions such as "What about being 'Salt and Light' to the public schools?" and "When did homeschooling begin?" are answered in ways that provoke deeper contemplation from both homeschooling veterans and public school advocates. So - WHY Do You Homeschool? has a broad appeal for inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. This is a perfect introduction to homeschooling for those considering home education for their own families. It was also written to refresh average homeschoolers in their homeschooling mission. Put the facts about homeschooling at your fingertips with this research-packed, easy-to-read resource.

So - WHY Do You Homeschool? will help homeschoolers clarify in their minds why they homeschool and prepare them to answer the myriad of questions they get from skeptics. Author Mimi Davis gives experienced homeschoolers the chance to see some new and updated research. She helps readers recognize the high calling experienced by homeschooling families. They will feel less nervous about the process. Davis encourages new and young homeschoolers in their daily relationship walk with their families. She states, ”I hope they will begin to feel the sense of community that exists among homeschoolers.”

Mimi Davis is the busy homeschooling mother of four children. As a certified special education teacher, she can offer a different perspective on the home education process. Although she began teaching her own children nine years ago, she started tutoring home-educated students in a homeschool tutorial twelve years ago and tested home-educated children for a homeschool umbrella program before that. She has attended and taught at public and private schools, and has homeschooled before, during, and after sending a child to school. Her desire is to put tools into the hands of parents to help them become better, more confident, and more knowledgeable mentors and teachers of their children.

Xulon Press is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 2,500 titles published to date. Retailers may order So – WHY Do You Homeschool? through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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