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Vol. XXV
No. 1
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January/February
2009

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What Will Homeschooling Look Like?

Over the last year, this special scrapbook series has featured historical highlights from the beginnings of the modern homeschooling movement through its battles for freedom to its current status as an established educational option. But now that homeschooling has come into its own, what lies ahead?

HSLDA asked home educated students from 5 to 19 years of age to tell us in their own words or show us through their original artwork what they think homeschooling will look like in the future. On the following pages, we share some of their creative ideas. Enjoy!

Please note: submissions edited for space.

What will homeschooling look like when I grow up?

I will be a teacher and the mom. Bibles are on the table, and on my right side is a paper.

—Adele P. (5) Shorewood, IL

Onward toward excellence

In the past, it was thought that the 21st century would hold private hovercrafts with robots, floating chairs, and crazy inventions of the “future.” But actually, not too much has changed. If you think about it, homeschooling might have been one of the biggest changes.

Over time, we homeschoolers have proved that homeschooling isn’t just a form of education, it is the best way.

With all the homeschooling families now, you can see that if the next generation continues, homeschooling can become even more successful. I can’t predict the future, but by focusing on the past and present, I can see that homeschooling is only going to excel more and more.

—Marianna M. (11) Topeka, KS

Another day of homeschooling in Homeschooling Town

Another day of homeschooling in the Homeschooling Town (no, really—that’s the name of it).

To work on math, we use the slate computer. It looks like a slate, but it’s really a computer with a touch screen.

We have two robot “moms.” One is for cooking and cleaning, the other for helping the kids with school, such as timing tests and reading the lessons. They let me rest three days of the week.

I still want to spend time with my kids. I watch them take tests on a camera to make sure they don't cheat. It’s so small that they don’t even know it’s there.

And for history, they watch movies from the 1980s.

Even if things don’t turn out this way, I’m still going to homeschool, of course.

—Sarah C. (9) Brockton, MA

Homeschooling will continue to grow

When I’m grown up, I expect that homeschooling will be so common that most everybody will know what it is. Many kids who grew up homeschooled themselves will choose to educate their own children at home.

When homeschooling is more common, I bet there will be sports leagues for homeschoolers, too.

I wonder if homeschoolers’ taxes might be less than public school parents’ because homeschoolers aren't going to the public school or riding the town’s busses.

I can’t wait to see how homeschooling will grow and change!

—Caitlin B. (13) Westford, MA

Fighting for homeschooling’s future

I think we need to do these three things:

  • Pray for this nation.
  • Support HSLDA! They are doing what they can to help homeschoolers.
  • Trust the Lord.

—R.G. (11) TX

I’ll homeschool in the horse barn!

My daughter Lauren (8) loves to draw. She also wants a horse so badly, it’s almost unbearable. When I mentioned this drawing opportunity, the two came together! The result: Homeschooling in the Horse Barn.

—Karen C. Trenton, OH

My future schoolroom

—Gabriella R. (6) Huntsville, AL

A bright future ahead

Thirty years ago, homeschooling was virtually unheard of. Perhaps 30 years from now, homeschooling will be the norm. Homeschoolers of my generation will have grown up, gotten substantial jobs, and raised their families—through homeschooling.

Laws will be passed for us, instead of against us. Programs will be larger, victories greater, success stories better known. People will realize that we aren’t social outcasts, uneducated heathens, or public school rejects. We’re Americans who stood up for our rights. We’re revivers of a dying art.

Homeschooling in 30 years should be encouraged, not persecuted. It will continue to be a more-than-sufficient means of education that should be sought after instead of fought against.

The homeschooling timeline will become common knowledge, a part of history.

In 30 years, maybe we will be accepted and respected for the change we are making now.

In fact, for homeschooling, the future looks bright.

—Katelyn B. (15) Smethport, PA