Secular homeschoolers certainly don’t feel on the fringes of society anymore. We are here to stay!
(PRWEB) April 20, 2011
SecularHomeschool.com, a social networking community and resource site dedicated to secular homeschoolers, now lists over 400 secular and inclusive support groups in the United States and Canada alone. There is also a dedicated magazine to secular homeschoolers, over 20 websites which focus on secular homeschoolers as their target audience, and hundreds of secular curriculum publishers.
According to Kerry Jones, administrator of SHS.com: “Just one year ago, we had approximately 9,000 visits to our site a month...now it is over 26,000 visits per month. And our forum activity is over 4,000 new posts per month. We add new support groups to our secular resources list on a weekly basis. Secular homeschoolers certainly don’t feel on the fringes of society anymore. We are here to stay.”
Ten years ago, the majority of families who were homeschooling were doing so for religious reasons. In the last few years, that has changed. Not only has homeschooling become more common, but the reasons parents give for educating their children at home have diversified. What used to be a majority focused on religion has now grown to include parents who are concerned about the quality of their family’s education.
This growth of homeschooling outside faith-based communities created an entire new genre of homeschooling families who have come to be known as “secular homeschoolers.” Rather than homeschooling for religious reasons, these parents have chosen to homeschool because they are concerned with the quality of education being offered in schools. They homeschool because of issues with public schools’ focus on standardized testing, violence in the classroom, the unaffordable price of private school or because overcrowding has prevented schools from addressing their child’s special needs. Today’s parents homeschool for innumerable reasons which come down to one thing: They want to provide their children with a better education.
But this movement was not without its growing pains. Even five years ago it was very difficult for a secular homeschooling family to find homeschool curricula, websites, or support groups without a decidedly religious slant. Many non-religious homeschooling families felt like a minority within a minority. But in the last two to three years, secular homeschooling has experienced explosive growth and more and more areas of secular support are cropping up among publishers, the web, and even locally.
A decade ago, homeschoolers were on the outskirts of the educational mainstream. That is no longer the case. As budget cuts, classroom overcrowding, standardized testing and many other variables motivate parents to take their children’s education into their own hands, the number of secular homeschoolers is expected to continue to grow for many years to come.
SecularHomeschool.com is a subsidiary of VKidz, Inc., which is a family-owned educational software company dedicated to pioneering online education. The mission of VKidz is to provide educational technology that is easier to use, more effective and less expensive than existing applications. For more information, visit SecularHomeschool.com.