The Real Reason the Duggar Family Homeschools Their Children

Can you imagine if the Duggar family enrolled their kids in school? They’d make up a majority of the student body!

All joking aside, the Duggar family is one family of many who chooses to homeschool their children. In the information age and with so many options for online learning, homeschooling is becoming more and more popular now than ever before. Currently, the National Home Education Research Institute estimates there are 2.3 million children being educated at home.

Taking on the task of homeschooling 19 kids is a huge undertaking. But as the show 19 Kids and Counting showed, Michelle Duggar forged on with teaching her kids at home, even if some fans questioned her methods. Here’s how and why she did it.

Why do the Duggars homeschool their kids?

People choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons. Sometimes parents take their kids out of public school because of bullying. Other times, young athletes require ample practice time, so they’re taught by private tutors at home. But in Michelle Duggar’s case, it comes down to one factor: religion.

The Duggars are devout Baptists and take their faith practices well beyond just going to church on Sunday mornings. Every aspect of their lives is dictated by their deep sense of faith – that’s why women only wear skirts or dresses, teenagers don’t date, and no one in the family dances or watches mainstream movies or television. They adhere to a strict moral code, no exceptions, and didn’t want their children exposed to other ideologies in public school.

As Michelle Duggar explained to TLC, she wanted “to do a Christian-based curriculum – one in which there’s a lot of character emphasis, character building like responsibility, honest, self-control.”

Basically, the Duggars wanted to make sure they were learning things they approved of.

Will the other Duggar kids homeschool their children?

When it comes to homeschooling, most religions don’t have hard and fast rules about whether to instruct kids at home or send them to structured academic settings. Many opt to send their children to private Christian schools – though obviously this can be an expensive choice.  

So far, most of the Duggar grandchildren are too young to attend school and they haven’t publicly stated if they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps with homeschooling. But it appears that Josh and Anna’s older kids are being instructed at home.

Why have the Duggars faced backlash for homeschooling?

There’s a certain stigma associated with homeschooling, and the Duggar family isn’t immune the effects. Many fans questioned their decision to avoid pursuing higher education and going to college. Then again, they won’t ever be victims of the student loan crisis.

Other critics wonder about the techniques Michelle Duggar used while teaching the kids, which were often featured in episodes of the show. Older kids were seen learning the same curriculum as younger ones and were even being asked to help instruct them. People wondered – how much could they be learning if they were teaching? They also speculated that the kids could be learning a very limited amount of information instead of thinking for themselves.

Ultimately, homeschooling is a personal decision that each family will need to make for themselves. The Duggars are no exception.