Secular Homeschoolers

There are many reasons why families choose to homeschool.  And it may surprise you to know that the top reasons are NOT religious or moral instruction:

chart listing reasons by percentage of parents responding
from http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/statistics.html

But a recent article in The Atlantic discussed the plight of secular homeschoolers — parents who find it difficult to find materials that do not espouse religious points of view or explanations.  Most materials are aimed at the Christian market, as they make up approximately 2/3 of homeschoolers, meaning secular homeschoolers have to be creative.  As Jaweed Kaleem explains,

When Smith decided to homeschool her son and started searching online for resources, she realized most homeschool families are Christian. Eventually, she started following secular homeschooling message boards and Facebook groups to figure out which lesson plans are atheist-friendly and which science books and instructors will teach evolution. Finding non-religious resources has been difficult at times…Many atheist, agnostic, and non-religious kids and parents credit social media with helping them realize there are others like them.

This is likely to be a growing trend.  The number of atheists and agnostics is trending upwards in the United States.  The Pew Research Center says the religiously unaffiliated (which also includes people who believe in God) are now 23% of the adult population.

If you’re a secular homeschooler, take a look at WorldView’s programs.  WorldView is a secular company, and all our products are based on scientific and historical evidence.  [The name of our company predates the use of the term by evangelical Christians to denote “an overarching approach to understanding God, the world and man’s relations to God and the world.” (from http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/christian_worldview/whats_a_christian_worldview.aspx )]  We also provide supports for homeschoolers including curriculum guides, progress trackers, and correlations to state standards.


BulbgraphOnOffProject the multiple choice questions and have your class use clickers, tweets, or texts to answer. Then use the mini-lesson answer to kick off discussion.


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Dr. Annelies Kamran is Senior Editor at WorldView Software, Inc.

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