Literacy is probably the single-most important part of education. Without literacy, all other learning is impossible. Literacy involves using reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing to gain more knowledge. Without the ability to do any of these skills, there is absolutely no way to acquire more knowledge. Literacy is essential for learning. It is crucial that language arts teachers are not the only ones in the school stressing the importance of literacy. While the language arts teachers may be the only ones truly teaching literacy, it is the job of all educators to facilitate literacy learning. Literacy must come before any other learning can occur, and we cannot grow as a society without literacy. Dmitri Mendeleev was a nineteenth century Russian chemist. He’s credited with the formation of the periodic table, even though other researchers before him had noticed the appearance of periodicity in collections of elements. And yet, kids in countries where it is not mandatory nor free dream of getting an education and going to school to escape the drudgery of their work.

The disadvantages you’ve described could all be attributed to your parents’ parenting style rather than to homeschooling although I do agree that (based on what … Read more