What is Homeschooling?
Homeschooling is a method of education through which the parents take sole responsibility to oversee the entire education of their children in a personal, direct manner. It is characterized by a one-on-one tutorial method of education using the parents as teachers/tutors and most often takes place within the home of the students.
All Children between the ages of 6 and 17 must attend a public or private school. Under the Texas Education Code, Section 21.033, children are exempt from the requirements of compulsory attendance in a public school if they are attending a private or parochial school.
According to Leeper v. Arlington in 1987, a home school is considered a private school in Texas if it meets the following criteria:
- One must be honestly and diligently home schooling.
- There must be a curriculum. It can come from any source and may include books, workbooks, video or computer instruction.
- Five subjects must be taught: Reading, Spelling, Grammar, Math and Good Citizenship (There is no agreed upon definition for Good Citizenship Curriculum).
Deut. 6:6-7 – These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Prov. 1:8 – Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Prov. 22:6 – Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Eph. 6:4 – Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.