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Ten Reasons to Home School Your Teenager

1. You can encourage your child to develop a relationship with Christ and grow spiritually. These are crucial years for training your child’s mind in God’s principles.

2. You can continue to build family relationships. If you send your child to school, he will be away from the family for several hours each day. This separation is bound to affect your relationship.

3. You can be sure your child is learning. Studies indicate that public high school students average just two hours and thirteen minutes of academic work each day.[1] I wonder what they do with the rest of the time.

4. You can customize your child’s education to match his talents and interests. You won’t find too many schools that can manage this. Home schooling will allow your teen time to develop talents and pursue interests.

5. Home schooling is the best college preparation since it develops independence and responsibility in the students.

6. You will minimize peer pressure and allow your child the freedom to be himself. Most children in intermediate and high school are unable to withstand the pressure to conform. Give them this time to develop their own convictions. You could possibly save his life.

7. Home schooling can provide the time and flexibility to explore career interests. Have your child participate in apprenticeships and volunteer work.

8. You can be sure your teaching materials match your philosophy. Today, young people in schools are being indoctrinated by textbooks and teachers that promote humanism and evolution, and systematically seek to change the values of the next generation.

9. You will help your teenager mature and develop in a natural environment, learning to relate to people of all ages. The age segregation practiced by most schools actually inhibits socialization.

10. You will have more time to teach your teen life skills.

[1] Christopher Klicka, The Right Choice – Home Schooling, (Greshem, OR: Noble Publishing Associates, 1992), page 401.