For centuries, parents have been taking matters of their children’s education into their own hands by educating them from home. But what was once seen as an alternative education option is now approaching “mainstream” in the United States.
Parents report many reasons and motivations behind at-home education. Some of the most popular include the ability to customize the curriculum and learning environment and the capacity to accomplish more academically than in a traditional school.
As the benefits of at-home schooling become more widely appreciated, many families are also turning to other ways to educate their kids from home. Although different from traditional homeschooling, online homeschooling (using an online school) provides similar advantages.
When using an online school as a homeschool alternative, the role parents play can be less demanding. Online public-school programs also offer free learning resources, online tools, and access to professional teachers who help ensure that students reach important benchmarks in their education.