The demographics of homeschooling parents are changing,
writes Kathleen Berchelmann for ChildrensMD. No more is teaching
children at home something only done by the religious or those whose
homes are too rural to make going to a high-quality school practical.
Professionals like lawyers, doctors, and even public school teachers are
increasingly turning their back on the traditional in favor of teaching
their children themselves.
More than 2 million children around the U.S. are homeschooled, a
number that is 75% higher than it was in 1999. And the number is
expected not just to grow, but to grow exponentially over the next
decade — especially since the advent of free virtual public schools and
quality curriculum all around the country.
Even so, the stereotypes surrounding families who choose to
homeschool are so persistent that Berchelmann herself hid her own
homeschooling efforts from her colleagues for over a year, afraid that
she might get tarred with the same brush.
The difficulty was compounded by self-doubt. As a full-time
professional, Berchelmann wasn’t at all certain that the experiment
would pay off.