According to Statistics Canada, “home schooling is an alternative method of learning that takes place outside the public or private school environment.” A recent study published by the Fraser Institute reveals interesting data about the current state of homeschooling in Canada.
- Home Schooling is on the Rise
Fact. As the following chart demonstrates, except for the province of British Colombia, other provinces have experienced a steady growth in the home schooling enrolment.
- Religion is the Main Reasons For Parents to Home School Their Child
Myth. Religion and ideology is no longer the predominant reason for parents to wish to home school their child. Parents are choosing homeschooling because it is a more practical option. Parents whose child is interested in professionally pursuing an extra-curricular activity such as drama, music or sports have an easier time creating a flexible yet enriching academic timetable for their child through homeschooling. Parents whose job demand frequent travel or relocation also recognize that homeschooling provides their child an uninterrupted access to education. Lastly, parents whose child has unique learning style or needs find that homeschooling could be a more attentive way for their kid to learn and grow. The advancement of technology has increased the availability and accessibility of well-structured home schooling curriculums on the Internet.
- Compared to Public school Students, Homeschooled Students Score Less
Myth. While more data is needed to make a firm conclusion on this topic, the current research shows that, certain types of homeschooling, that is those that are well structured, tend to provide better learning opportunities to students. As such, homeschooled students do well on standardized tests (if not better than the public school students) and are more likely to pursue professional degrees at a post secondary level.
As an alternative way of completing education, home schooling has become a popular choice among Canadians parents for its flexibility, efficiency and ability to cater to a broader learning styles and needs.
You can learn more about benefits of online home schooling here.
Resource: Home Schooling in Canada (2015)