Sunday, September 11, 2011

Home Schooling and Martial Arts

The growth of homeschooling in America is on the rise, and by some estimates has doubled in the past decade. Reasons vary, but according to a 2007 survey by the Department of Education, 88% of home-schooling was due to local public schools being unsafe, drug-ridden or unwholesome in some way. Some 73% of homeschooling parents complained of shoddy academic standards. And 83% said they wanted to instill religious or moral values in their children.

Personally, I have no problem with homeschooling, although my kids went to public school in an area that had none of the aforementioned maladies. I would suggest that a home-school needs to provide the same advantages that a private or public environment would, and that should include physical education.

We have a couple of children in our karate program that are home-schooled and the mid-day classes we offer provide an excellent “Gym Class” for the kids. Think about it; martial arts training combines physical conditioning with values such as cooperation, discipline, respect, and work ethic.

Virtually all martial arts schools have a progression matrix based upon earning different belts after demonstrating specific capabilities, and furthermore, these skills are not based on age or gender. Many states require periodic testing to prove that progress is being maintained, and a martial arts program can provide that as the physical education element to a home-school program.

If you use a martial arts program as an integrated component of your child’s home-school program, make sure the instructor knows so that he or she can augment the physical training with verbal or written assignments as well. Martial arts is a great addition to any engaged, caring parents decision to home-school their children.

1 comment:

  1. I like this post! I was homeschooled from K-12 (I graduated in 2008). When I was ten, a local instructor started a morning class for homeschool students. I don't think there were any written assignments that we were required to do, but I remember that keeping our grades up was part of being able to progress. That class was what started me on my martial arts journey.

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