The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling


The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Introduction

Making the decision to home school is often a difficult process, but that process is worth it. You definitely wouldn’t want to home school if it’s not right for you; and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on homeschooling if it is right for you.

So do your home school pros and cons research carefully and take the time you need to make an informed decision.

Homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. There are about two million children currently learning at home. Homeschooled kids do well on standardized tests, are welcome at colleges and universities, and as adults, have a reputation for being self-directed learners and reliable employees.

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To help other parents who are considering homeschooling, here is a new list of pros and cons

Pros

Educational Freedom. Most homeschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This is not to say that all the basics (and more!) aren’t covered. But those basics may be covered at age six for one child, and at age ten for another, depending on ability, maturity, and interest levels.

Physical Freedom. After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed, parents who home school say they experience a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them.

Emotional Freedom. Sadly, peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies — are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. According to studies, self-esteem plummets in middle-school girls. However, similar studies of homeschooled girls have shown that self-esteem remains intact and that these girls continue to thrive. (Read A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Sheffer.) Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to “fit in.” They live in the real world, where lives aren’t dictated by adolescent trends and dangerous experimentation.

Religious Freedom. Many families feel their religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of who they are. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for parents to incorporate their beliefs into their daily lives.

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Closer Family Relationships. Just about every family stressed the important role that homeschooling played in helping them find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens seem to benefit enormously from this interaction, and rebellious, destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins.

Stability During Difficult Times. Whether there’s a new baby, an illness, a death in the family, or another obstacle or transition, homeschooling helps families cope during challenging periods. Dauri, who homeschools her three boys, described how homeschooling helped her family adjust to a move from Europe back to the US, followed by another move across the country: “It was a great comfort that we homeschooled throughout the moves. It was a stabilizing factor in our otherwise mixed-up lives.”

Well-Rested Kids. As more and more studies are illustrating, sleep is vital to the emotional and physical well-being of kids, especially teens and preteens. The effects of early morning classes can be devastating to many children, especially those who are not morning people. After realizing that lack of sleep and hours of busy work often left her boy in a zombie-like stupor, Haya has decided to try homeschooling: “My oldest (age 13), is up at 6:30 in order to catch the bus at 7:15 and start school at 7:30. He comes home at 3:00 and does homework — sometimes until midnight. He’s often exhausted. I’m hoping that when we home school next year, the dark circles under his eyes will disappear and his real personality will emerge again.”

No Busywork. Homeschooled children can accomplish in a few hours what takes a typical classroom a week or more to cover. In a recent interview, John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year and a 26-year teaching veteran, said that in many classrooms less than one hour out of each school day is spent on task” learning. No wonder these kids have so much homework. And that brings us to a major “pro” of homeschooling: No more homework!

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Cons

Financial Restraints.

For married parents, one partner often forgoes full-time employment out of the home in order to home school. This can be a big sacrifice for families who are struggling to balance their budget. Surprisingly, most homeschooling families believe that the brief loss of income is well worth the satisfaction of watching their kids grow and learn in freedom.

Being with Your Kids 24/7.

There’s no denying it — if you choose to home school, you’re going to be with your kids most of the time. If you don’t enjoy being together, then homeschooling is not for you. While it can sometimes be difficult, most home school parents view their daily interactions with their kids — the ups as well as the downs — as opportunities for personal and familial growth.

Limited Team Sports.

While community sports activities fill the void for younger kids, teens often find limited opportunities to join sports teams, especially competitive ones. Depending on where you live, homeschoolers may or may not be welcome to participate on teams with their public-schooled peers. Several parents did mention that a few families overcame this problem by creating their own teams.

Living Outside the Norm.

Like any activity that challenges mainstream thinking, homeschooling may be seen as an oddity at best, or even as a threat to those who are unable to accept ordinary parents succeeding where trained professionals often fail. My family has developed a bit of a tough exterior over the years, but negative comments and criticisms still filter in occasionally. If you are unable to live “outside of the box,” then homeschooling is not for you

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8 Responses to The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

  1. shushantmojumdar says:

    Thanks for sharing this but can you also please share how we can take it forward as there are other things that need to be considered…

    • adz25 says:

      Dear Sushant,

      It always depends on the locality , time and people who could be your home tutors. If you could specify more on that hopefully we could help you out 🙂

  2. With regards to the cons, you don’t mention a homeschooled child’s ability to gain social skills. Do you feel homeschooling a child hinders their ability to gain social skills in any way? I’d argue that social interaction is the main takeaway from public school, as opposed to a quality education.

    I know that from personal experience, people i’ve met (mainly in college) who were homeschooled tended to be more… timid? Reserved, maybe? I have nothing to base this opinion on than my own personal experiences, so I could be completely off base, but I was wondering what your thoughts on that are.

    Also, do homeschooled children have a tougher or easier time getting accepted to higher education institutions? While typing that question the SAT’s popped into my head, and so I imagine they have to take that test like every other student and thats the main criteria for their acceptance? Just seeking insight from someone who knows a lot more about it than I do.

    • adz25 says:

      Dear Reader,

      At first we would like to thank you for your comments .

      With regards to home schooled children being less social or timid as you termed it depends on activities we get the children engaged in. We need to develop a curriculum that would help them get involved with neighbours for instance a weekly meeting with other home school parents in the neighbourhood and discussing sessions where a gathering can be arranged can end this as well.

      For eg :1. a cooking session with parents and kids .

      2. games.

      Hope you did find our answers beneficial.

      Thanks.

    • medamon says:

      I have met several home schooled children and none of them are timid or reserved. Many home schooled children are involved in their communities and with local home school organizations. They also play team sports and participate in theater and music.

      As for college exceptance, I’ve seen a higher exceptance rate. Understand that those children also were not es or eip, these were above avg students that were well motivated with very involved parents.

  3. medamon says:

    We have signed my oldest daughter up for cyber schooling and one of the things that helped us make that decision is that the local school district allows home/cyber schooled children to participate in various programs within the school district. They are on the sports teams and participate in the music program. So that part of the social sigma that home school children are isolated and loners is eliminated.

    But what we feel it also does is allows her the opportunity to work at a faster pace and to expand her knowledge into subjects that the school can’t offer. She will also be able to explore other avenues as well, including expanding her music experiences. It also gives us the freedom to do more as a family.

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