"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school." - Margaret Mead
"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." - Isaac Asimov
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain
"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom." - Albert Einstein
Hammonton Home Educators is an association of homeschooling families in Hammonton and the surrounding area who meet together to provide information and support for the parents, and educational and social activities for the children. There are park days, field trips, chess clubs, writing workshops, music and drama groups, sports leagues, presentation days, co-op classes, and much more available for homeschoolers.
As the quality and safety of our public schools declines, many parents are turning to home education. Homeschooling is a new idea to many people, but its roots are much older than the idea of a public school system. Many of our country's founders were educated at home, and the list of famous people who received all or part of their education outside of an established school is long:
John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry, William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Blaise Pascal, Booker T. Washington, Margaret Mead, George Patton, Douglas Mac Arthur, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Irving Berlin, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, John Wesley, Dwight L. Moody, Noel Coward, Mark Twain, Daniel Webster, Hans Christian Andersen, Pearl S. Buck, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Ansel Adams, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Chaplin, and the list could continue.
Some of these famous people listed, such as Edison and Einstein, were labeled as disabled and never expected to amount to anything. Unable to function in the schools, they were removed and continued their education at home. Many, such as Noel Coward, Andrew Carnegie and Ansel Adams, were uncooperative in the classroom and were removed to be taught at home. Others, such as the Wright Brothers, found school to be a bore and a hindrance to their pursuits, and chose to continue their self-education outside of the schools. We can be thankful that these great men and women, who did not fit the mold or could not tow the line, and who were not the "average" student for which the schools are designed, were able to break free from the bondage of the educational system. And with this freedom, they were empowered to impact our world in so many ways.
Freedom for a child is so important in these days of schedules. After a full day in school; after homework is done; after soccer, baseball, football, and basketball practices; how much time does your child have to pursue his or her own meaningful interests?
Is your child the "average" student that benefits from the current school system? Many children are ready to read and do first grade math at four years old, but it will still be two years before they get past learning the alphabet with the current school curriculum.
Many children are not ready to sit at a desk and "behave" themselves during a group lesson until they are eight to ten years old. Has your child been misdiagnosed as ADD because he or she is a "hands-on" learner, and not a good "sitter"? The only solution in public schools seems to be Ritalin.
Your child spends about 6 hours in classes each day. Why is it that, in only one evening, your child is able to make up the two weeks of schoolwork they missed while home with the Chicken Pox?
And what about the child who is not the type that fits the social mold, and is teased relentlessly because they don't look or act like the Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears?
Wouldn't it be great if your child could have a curriculum designed just for them, taught to them just the way they learn best, with all the one-on -one help they need, in a supportive environment, with other children who could care less who Britney Spears is, by a teacher who loves them more than anyone else in the world, and have plenty of time left over to pursue their own interests?
Sound like a dream? Homeschooling could be a reality for your child.
Home Education is superior to any other form of education, and you can be your child's best teacher. Homeschoolers score higher than other students on standardized tests, a higher percentage of homeschool applicants are accepted into major colleges and universities than other students, and homeschoolers tend to make better grades in college than other students. Over 200,000 homeschoolers are currently enrolled in colleges across our country, and well over 1,000,000 are currently being homeschooled. The success of homeschooling is beginning to show with National contests such as this years' Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, where all three top prizes were captured by homeschooled students. And with the organization of homeschool groups, the worry that children that are homeschooled are socially isolated has become nothing more than a myth.
Homeschooling is legal in some form or another in all fifty states, and New Jersey law on homeschooling is among the easiest in which to comply. Be sure to visit our F.A.Q. page and feel free to post any additional questions you may have regarding homeschooling on our ON-LINE SUPPORT BOARD.
We all want the best for our children. May Hammonton Home Educators help you and your children on the road to a better education.