Perspectives: Lessons Learned by Homeschooling

January 23, 2015 Dan Briscoe

My wife and I have five children. We’ve moved 17 times to eight different states, and we’ve tried just about every type of education available—public, private, parochial, and even homeschooling. We aren’t crazy, just flexible with my jobs in the Marine Corps and the corporate world, and we wanted to give our kids a great childhood and education.

I’m used to hearing creative ideas from my wife, but when she suggested homeschooling in 1998 after another last-second move, she had me worried. Questions like “How will our kids do socially?” and “Will they get behind?” and “What will our friends and family say?” ran through my mind.

My wife, who is smarter than me, didn’t have those doubts, so we tried it. Now 17 years later, our oldest two daughters have graduated college and are married with good jobs, our middle son is at Texas A&M, and our youngest boys are doing well in 7th and 9th grades. Along the way, we learned a lot too, debunking the top three myths we heard about homeschooling:

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