One of the persistent myths about education is that you need a teaching credential or other qualifications to be a good teacher. However, there are numerous studies that show that a teaching credential doesn’t make for a better teacher!
Parents teach their children everything for the first five years of their lives, even to the point of teaching children to read before they start school. So why do they believe they aren’t qualified to homeschool? It doesn’t make sense when you think about it. Yet, the belief persists. Parents even begin to “afterschool” their children, spending hours completing homework and extra school to make up for the lack of education that’s going on during the day at the hands of credentialed school teachers, and still people think that a credentialed teacher is a better teacher. The evidence doesn’t bear this out.
Some states have high regulation for homeschoolers and may require that a homeschooling parent have a teaching credential or be supervised by a teacher with a credential. Those states do not have higher success rates than states with very little regulation. Yet despite a positive effect, the burdensome regulation is kept in place.
If you live in a state with low homeschool regulation, don’t take it for granted. It was hard won, and it could be taken away if you are not alert. Homeschooling is still uncommon enough that when some crazy home school horror story makes the news, the public and the lawmakers generalize it to all of us. This is true even if the “crazy home school horror story” parents were not even actually homeschooling at all. Remember, neglect and truancy are not homeschool!
I hope you enjoy the animation, it’s a fun look at the work and love parents pour into their children during the first five years of their young lives.