When some people think of homeschooling the picture that comes to mind is a mother and her children gathered around a kitchen table doing lessons. Some people may picture a less controlled environment where the child is allowed to learn based upon his or her own interests.
Whatever you think about when you hear the word “homeschooling” that picture is going to change in the next 5-10 years. The future of homeschooling is bright and I it growing by leaps and bounds.
First, let’s take a look at what I call traditional homeschooling. Traditional homeschooling is when parents decide to remove their children from the public school system and provide an education that is not funded by tax-payer dollars.
Parents may homeschool for academic, religious, or philosophical reasons and the methods and means are as varied as the homeschoolers that make up the rank and file of the “popular” homeschooling movement in America.
For traditional homeschoolers I see two things that will impact them the most in the next 5-10 years:
- Constant connectedness
- Location awareness
These two factors will give traditional homeschoolers more flexibility and variety in the homeschooling they choose. Homeschoolers that embrace technology will be able to homeschool anywhere, anytime, and on any subject by simply tapping on a screen. This will provide unparalleled freedom for homeschoolers who don’t want to be bound to traditional curriculum and teaching methods.
Next, will be public and private homeschoolers. These are homeschoolers that are educated at home through either a public school (taxpayer-funded) program or a private school.
This type of schooling often appeals to parents of child actors or student athletes. Look for public and private schools to start offering the following “homeschool” options in the future:
- Virtual classrooms similar to distance education programs
- Programs that partner with public and private universities
With virtual classrooms, public schools could offer a tax incentive to parents who want their children to remain in the public school system. Schools would encourage “homeschool” programs to relive the financial burden of maintaining physical classrooms. Partnerships with public and private universities would allow students an opportunity to just ahead on the line in the application process when moving on to college.
These are just some top-of-mind ideas I had about homeschooling. I flesh them out a little bit more in the podcast so be sure to listen too.
I’d like to hear what you think about the future of homeschooling. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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