Here’s What Every Homeschooling Parent NEEDS to Know

Learning the history of public education will change the way you homeschool.

Learning the history of public education will change the way you homeschool.

In this day and age, coming across homeschooling advice is as easy as the press of a button.

While tons of useful guidance of all kinds is available, there’s one thing I haven’t seen mentioned thus far. I’m going to tackle it today because I believe it can be vital to the well-being of any homeschool, and it’s something that I don’t think a lot of people give much thought to.

Okay, here goes. 

The one thing that all homeschool parents should do but often fail to is this:

Research the history of public education.

Study the history of compulsory schooling.

I know it seems counterintuitive because, well, what could possibly be the point? Why is that even necessary if your kids won’t be going there to begin with?

Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons, many of which I’m going to address here today.

First of all, though, you need to let go of the assumption that compulsory school laws were passed for noble purposes.

They weren’t. The history of public schools is filled with dark and nefarious characters who had no interest in educating the populace.

School was never intended to make people smarter.

I cannot emphasize that truth to you enough.

Rather than going into the full history of it today, however, I am leaving it to you to look into it and find out what you can because it is so important that you see this for yourself.

You see, if there’s one thing that many, many homeschool parents lack, it’s confidence in themselves. Much of this is brought on through (either consciously or subconsciously) feeling inadequate when compared with traditional school. It’s hard to go against a system that has been in place for generations.

I once felt the same way. I was constantly questioning my qualifications, my methods, and my motives because I always felt that they would never measure up to what a “professional” could offer my children. The only thing I could think of to counteract these thoughts was to try to replicate school at home, which ended up being a huge mistake on my part.

Finding out for myself what a huge conspiracy this thing called “public education” truly is has freed me from so many insecurities that almost overpowered me in this homeschooling journey of ours.

Here are just a few of them:

1. Feeling like I had to imitate school methods.

Very often, people will make mention of the fact that schools have to do things a certain way because they have more students to manage, which may be true to a certain degree. Knowing this, however, doesn’t stop countless families from continuing to enforce those same methods at home.

What if I were to tell you that those methods used by schools are not simply classroom management techniques? What if I were to tell you they were straight out of the Prussians’ play book for creating a population of mindless, obedient citizens?

Would you still try to replicate school at home then?

2. Feeling like I couldn’t measure up because I wasn’t a licensed teacher.

I won’t deny that there are some great teachers out there.

However, knowing the history of public education has enabled me to see that school lessons are less about educating and more about teaching children to obey authority and to accept whatever they are told.

I want more than that for my children, though. I want my children to know how to learn and how to seek out answers for themselves.

No teaching certificate required.

3. Feeling like my kids were missing out on a Rite of Passage.

When I was a new homeschool mom, that whole socialization thing really used to get to me. I sometimes used to fall for the notion that I was doing my kids a disservice by not letting them hang out with a bunch of kids all day (that they weren’t supposed to socialize with, anyway).

After just a little research, I discovered that this whole “socialization” concern is nothing but a side effect of a population that has been part of the biggest social engineering event in history – school.

If my kids are missing out on anything, it’s very likely something that I wouldn’t want them to be exposed to in the first place.

A decade ago, I never would have considered myself to be a history buff, thanks to lots of boring classes in school. Today as a homeschool mom, however, history has become a passion of mine because it really is true that if you don’t know about the past, you’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Do the research yourself. I promise you, you will never look at school the same way again.

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’d like to support this ministry, consider supporting me on Patreon.

Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!




Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

17 thoughts on “Here’s What Every Homeschooling Parent NEEDS to Know”

  1. Shelly, my prayers are answered! My daughter finally agreed to me hs my 5 yo grandbaby, only after she almost had a nervous breakdown!! In Kg!! Finally she’s at home w me. Different child in only 2 days!! Praise God!!

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  2. My husband and I agree with just about everything you say! You are helping me put words to my own convictions. While texting my husband at work while having a breakthrough moment homeschooling my daughter in math, my husband gave me this encouragement. (For context, we refuse to use the “kill & drill” method for math, or for any other subject; we want our kids to learn the why’s and how’s, not just a bunch of random facts.) Wanted to share with you, as it seems in line with many of your passions as well.
    “I think this type of labor/education feels like a lot of frustration during the work, but it definitely bears fruit for what we’re after. It’s hard to re-train our own minds as to what success truly is. It’s easier to say: “Let’s memorize the multiplication table,” for example. You recite, recite, recite, all the data/facts on the multiplication table, give a test with blank spaces on the table, the child fills them in, and we now have a measurable gauge that makes us feel comfortable as to our progress as teachers, and the child’s progress as a student, as this method is easier to measure/gauge. The problem with this approach is that, though it makes us comfortable to have a measuring stick for success (memory recall of raw data), the child is left seriously wanting in the ability to think and problem-solve, and they will grow up awaiting factual instruction for all things in life, gauging their own success in life by whether or not they’ve complied with the instructions they’ve received (instructions from doctors, politicians, professors, employers, Hollywood personalities, or any self-proclaimed guru/know it all). This will absolutely kill our abilities, and I would say our God-given,
    image-bearing calling, to innovate, create, try new things, and subdue the earth with a mind that is logically analyzing how and why things are done the way they are done, and if there is a way we can improve for the better. If the mind is solely thinking, “I’ve succeeded at a thing if I follow the instructions (repeat the data on a test),” then we will be a paralyzed people and will never progress in our earth-subduing calling from God. So, even though it may feel frustrating during deeper thinking exercises, and the growth will be harder to measure, I firmly believe we will be serving our children better and, Lord willing, we’ll see the benefits in more free thinking, critical thinking, innovation, etc. The results of the test won’t be seen on a piece of paper with the correct data points being recalled and populated, but will be seen at the dinner table or during car rides where engaging conversations take place and ideas are explored.” ~Samuel

    Thank you so much for all your labors in making these posts, and for the YouTube videos. I have been watching all your videos, and I’ve even caught you live a couple times. Love all the topics!

    Love from your neighbor state of Ohio,

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  3. Thank you so much for this message! I needed to hear it. We are just making the transition to homeschool and my son is a completely different person. But, I need to unschool MYSELF!!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this with our family. You spoke truth to my own convictions, and reinforced many of the reasons that we chose to homeschool our precious children. Keep speaking the truth to those who will take the time to listen! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂

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    1. I’m not sure what you mean since I don’t see where I mentioned math. If you just mean in general, I believe math tables are very important to learn. I just don’t think we need to believe that we have to replicate school in order to do that.


  5. I know public education isn’t for everyone and I do believe in homeschooling, but public education keeps many children safe and fed. Very unfortunately, not all children are blessed to have parents that care about them. Public education is the stop gate for abuse. Sometimes three free meals a day are served each day to children, my school feeds two free meals a day. My school evens offers free yearly dental visits.

    Children are encouraged to think, to be, to learn. Ideally, all families would be financially able and emotionally functional to take care of their children all day, every day but as we saw during the pandemic, this is not the case. That said, I am glad you are successful with your children and for all the families that successfully homeschool. Many blessings.


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