ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Home Schooling & Life Experience Education

Deciding to homeschool

Updated on October 11, 2010

Parents who homeschool their kids do so for a variety of reasons. Some do it for religious reasons, wanting to guide their children along a spiritual path alongside their educational one. Others do it because they feel the education received via the traditional school system is lacking in some way. Some do it because their child has special needs and others because they know they can leverage their child's learning time more efficiently than a school ever could, giving their child more time to be, well, a child.

My wife and I recently decided to homeschool our son because of bullying issues at school. In another hub, I discuss tips to stop bullying. That hub was written in response to my son's situation at school and was an effort to compile a list to help out others in similar situations. Unfortunately, my wife and I have come to the conclusion that his situation will get worse before it gets better. Since we have the means and ability to homeschool him, we'd rather do that than risk him getting seriously hurt or even more depressed about the situation than he already is.

I must admit, it almost feels like we're running away from the problem. While we did talk to the assistant principal in charge of bullying at the school and made our problems and desires known, I'm not sure we pressed the issue as much as we could have. We could have let our son go to school scared every day, waiting for something to happen, and then dutifully report each incident, raising a bigger and bigger fuss about each successive abuse. Ultimately, I don't think it would have made a difference. The assistant principal's concern was more to "get to the bottom of the enmity between" my son and his attacker than to protect my son.

The last straw was when the bully had my son on the floor kicking him in the back while other kids stood around watching. To their credit, some of the other kids accurately reported what happened to a teacher, leading to a 3-day suspension of the bully. The day after the incident, my son was already being threatened by friends of the bully for what he (my son) had done to the bully! I suppose maybe my son shouldn't have screamed so loud; maybe then the teacher wouldn't have heard him and the bully wouldn't have gotten in trouble.

There are too many stories of young people killing themselves after being bullied, and in many of these cases the schools have failed these kids by ignoring the problem. Granted, many of these recent cases have involved gay children, and I don't have any reason to suspect that my son is gay, but incessant bullying is incessant bullying, no matter what the bully's words are and no matter what the sexual orientation of the victim is. My wife and I have decided that safe is better than sorry and so we're going to pull him out of the situation to ensure his safety.

I was really surprised how many resources are available to parents who homeschool their children. Until I started looking into it, I guess I'd assumed that the parents were responsible for coming up with the entire curriculum. Imagine my surprise when I discovered several online curriculum suppliers with affordable rates and a wealth of great reviews from parents who'd been using them for years! And of course there are lots of support groups, both online and in our area, ready to lend a hand or just be someone to talk to. With these tools at our disposal to guide us, and our ideas for providing supplemental educational experiences for our son, I think he'll be in better hands than he would have been through the public school system.

The message I'd like to share with everyone is this: If your child is being bullied, do not ignore the problem. By all means follow the tips I listed in my other hub, but if you feel like your child's safety is in jeopardy, please do whatever it takes to rectify the situation. I understand that not every family can make the choice we have, but if your child is in a similar situation and you think homeschooling might work for you, I'd encourage you to look into it.  Some people might say we're overreacting and that we should have given the school more chances to solve the problem.  That might even be true, but we are not prepared to gamble with our son's life or well-being.  My wife and I are determined that our son will not be just another statistic, not just another picture of lost hope and potential on the cover of People magazine.

I've already learned a lot about the homeschool experience, and my education on the subject is just beginning. Look for more hubs in the near future where I document our experience as well as share tips and tricks for people new to or thinking about homeschooling. Feel free to leave a comment about your experiences; I'd love to hear some.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Danielle 7 years ago

      I feel for your son and all he had to go through.I commend you both on being caring parents who listened to your sons needs.I currently have a son who is also being homeschooled because of panic atacks at school and both of our daughters are currently in school and being tormented and I am leaning on homeschooling them too.Something is wrong with our society ,it appears that bullying is becoming an epidemic and nothing is being done about it.I wish your son all the best,kids should not have to suffer like this.I hope he is happy and adjusting well.

    • profile image

      WildIris 7 years ago

      I recently read this blog entry written by a dad about being bullied as a kid. (Single Dad Laughing It is sad to read about your son's experience. Bullying is no fun. Many schools not only suspend the bully but also file criminal charges against the bullying student. Good Luck on your homeschool journey.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)