Waco: As Texas Weighs School Safety Options, Local Couple Advocates Home Schooling

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
Homeschooling is getting another look in the wake of several school shootings across America.

Photo by Matt Howerton

WACO (February 10, 2013)--America is merely days away from reaching the two month mark since the Sandy Hook shootings.

Since then, many Texas legislators, school administrators, and teachers have been debating on the best way to increase safety in schools.

But if parents don't want to wait on timely legislation, Waco couple Matt and Beth Porter can tell you there is an option awaiting them.

"In light of the Sandy Hook shootings, we're so thankful to school our children at home," Beth Porter said.

Recent school shootings across America have sparked a new interest in homeschooling.

The Porters have home-schooled their four children for the past eight years, and both agree that it is the best decision they've ever made.

"We feel this is a great place to be physically, spiritually, and educationally safe," Matt Porter said.

Beth is in charge of teaching the children, while Matt calls himself the principal of their home.

Both have total control over their kids curriculum, and sidestep any negative influence a public school might offer.

"It's nice to focus on what they're learning here at home, instead of worrying about the dangers at school," Matt Porter said.

There are many pro's and con's when it comes to homeschooling.

One, is that it can be costly. The Home School Legal Defense association says it can cost an estimated $1,300 a year to home-school three children.

Yet, the Porters say the gains outweigh the costs.

"To invest in them, to disciple them, to train them academically and spiritually is great," Beth Porter said.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to do this and be the primary influence in their lives."

The Porters are a part of Greater Waco Christian Home Educators. Currently, there are about 170 families within the program.

As the State of Texas continues to weigh its options on how best to protect students in school, the Porters will sit back and watch knowing that they won't be apart of the overall equation.

"I thought about the one teacher who hid her kids in the closet during the Sandy Hook shootings," Beth Porter said.

"I thought about her bravery and how I am so glad I don't have to contend with that each day. I'm glad my kids were safe."

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