• Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

    There are many types of schooling ranging from, public to private to homeschooling. Homeschooling can be defined as, ‘The education of children, at home by their parents.’

    There are many pros and cons to every topic and this one is no different.

    The advantages of homeschooling are:

    • Excellent results can be achieved by students who are home schooled as the curriculum can be created to best suite their children.
    • Children learn and progress at their own pace and with homeschooling, this provides students with an open environment which gives the student space to advance in their studies without worrying about other students and the speed which they are progressing at. There is no competition or pressure on the child unlike in a normal school environment.
    • Homeschooling, can create quality time between a parent and their children. Time is invaluable and as the students are their own children, the parent can better understand the way the child learns and what type of teaching works for that child. Children progress at different levels and at different times so having their parents as their teachers allows them to work individually and create the correct learning system for their child. In addition, a parent can observe where the child is having difficulties and can adapt their teaching program to the level of the child. This is not possible in public or private schooling as there is a set syllabus created for all students and if they are struggling then extra tuition would be required.
    • Homeschooling gives the child an opportunity to learn outside the box as opposed to sitting in a class room all day only absorbing a small amounts of the lesson at a time. Where as, when a child is home schooled, they are able to venture out on field trips stretching from, an afternoon of fishing, going to the zoo and museums. There is a whole different world of teaching open to students instead of spending all day, everyday in a hot, stuffy classroom.
    • Unlike in a normal school environment, there are no social or peer pressures. There are no external factors which could effect the home-schooled child. The student can learn and progress at their own pace and even find the pace that they feel comfortable at, on their own with no pressure from friends or other influential people they may come into contact with in a school environment.

    These are great advantages however, like with every topic there will alway be disadvantages such as:

    • Home-schooled children may not have a great social network as they do not interact with other children in a school environment. However, this can easily be fixed by your child attend regular extracurricular activities such as ballet, musical instrument lesson and playing in the park with children of their own ages. In addition, there are weekly meeting for children who are home-schooled where like minded children can get together and make a community of their own.
    • The parents of home-schooled children have a very difficult task of educating their children to the standard at which trained teachers teach. A huge amount of effort and time is required by teaching parents as they have to make lesson plans, focus on socializing their children and keep the child interested and stimulated.
    • Parent who teach their own children find it hard to find time for themselves as the majority of their time is take up teaching, planning and entertaining their children. The child stays at home constantly and does not allow the parent space and visa versa. This could affect the parent physically and emotionally and the child could end up being a hindrance rather than a pupil.
    • In home-schooling, there is a lack of different teaching styles. With a parent, the same teaching style is used through out the day and is the same for every lesson. Whereas, when a child goes to school they have a number of different teachers teaching all different subjects with a range of different teaching style. This creates variety for the students and encourages a larger absorption rate of the work taught per lesson, per student. Where studies have shown that one constant teaching technique used throughout the day can be quite detrimental to the education and learning experience of the child.

    In conclusion, there are many different reasons why a family should home school or not, it depends on you and your family and how much time and effort a person is willing to give up and put towards their child’s education, not including the external factors of educating a child out of a school environment. Home schooling requires a huge amount of effort, patients and encouragement. Do you think you could do it?

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