Homeschooling Pros and Cons
The homeschooling debate?
This has been a long-sought debate of the pros and cons of homeschooling. From someone who has experienced both on their extremes, I can compile an unbiased review of this scenario, however, you are the better judge of it. Here are the pros and cons of homeschooling compiled in one place for you to decide what side you chose.
Pros about homeschooling from the pro…
The list of pros is honestly longer, because, this is an investment of a lifetime. Let us just start with the fact that your child is in a much healthier and safer environment than the school. The health benefits of homeschooling are countless. How is that? because they get to eat food made at home by you! there is no danger of your kid being influenced by some bully or any of those weird lots present in the school.
Homeschool works for all types of kids, the bright ones, the dull ones, the shy ones, and the gifted ones. You guide your child at a pace they can easily follow and show productivity. Yes, children who are homeschooled have a strong and thorough understanding of concepts. Why is that? Firstly, the student to teacher ratio is so low that the student gets a full chance at absorbing and understanding a point. If they fail at visualizing the concept, a parent would have to improvise over and over to find a fitting example that would let the concept digestible.
Parents are in charge.
No one knows your child better than you. You know what best approach to take for your child to be optimally equipped with the concept needed for that certain age. Children who have been homeschooled are better at crafting a plan to achieve their goals.
And where do they get this from? Their parents obviously, the concept of devising a plan to conquer is a skill they learn from their parents. As for you as parents have the liberty to teach your child what you deem fit. Search for authentic history. The unbiased reviews from historians. The true rise and fall of an empire. Teach your child to always look for the fact themselves. Teach them the reason why these concepts exist.
Check your priority.
When homeschooling, your child’s physical, emotional, and mental health are a priority over the task of educating them. You can halt the progress to check on your child and help them through any tough time or frame of mind they are stuck in.
Your child learns with the most optimum mindset because they have no other external factors affecting their mind, furthermore, there are several factors that take effect when a child is in a classroom. Yes! Your child could be feigning concentration just to look smart in front of their peers and teachers without a single word getting through their minds. Your child’s attention span would be long lost and the teacher wouldn’t even notice.
You can teach your child how to move through society, first hand. Take them to communal services and let them choose the task they would like to do. You can instill the importance of humanity service and philanthropy in your kid from the start. Let them embrace the concept of compassion and thoughtfulness.
With your entire attention on your child, you know what concept your child grasps willingly and for what notion your kid has difficulty in accepting. Look for better examples to let your kid absorb the concept. There are endless resources and learning apps you can use to help your child.
Avoid driving all learning towards testing.
Avoid driving your kid in the corner by piling tests on them. You can test your kids’ knowledge by casually throwing questions in your day to day routine, moreover, you can judge their learning by studying how to apply the concepts in their daily life.
Endless extra-curricular activities.
There is endless time for you to test different activities with your child, hence, take your child swimming and hiking. It is in your hands to make these times the best memories of their lives.
College admissions and transcripts
Kids who are homeschooled have twice more chances to get accepted in colleges, moreover, kids who are homeschooled have exceptional results and usually ace their tests. Yes! their academic record are top-notch. I am talking about parents who put effort in their kids’ homeschooling and personality development.
Disadvantages of homeschooling
To engage with your child, you might need to quit your job to give them enough time, hence, the ample space and resources are out of the question. All the accessories that are already present at school, you’d have to restock them. The books, notes and etc. The list goes on.
Parents who try to keep a check on their children 24/7 leave no room for the kids to grow not their own. The authoritarian parent is the punishment parent. “These parents have high expectations and often overwhelm their children with strict rules and regulations,” writes Tamara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC-BE. “These parents rule with an iron fist and often ‘scare’ their children into obedience. Parents who utilize this type of parenting style might be referred to as ‘bossy,’ ‘high strung,’ or controlling and abusive.”
Lack of control on emotions by parents
Parents usually fail at practicing patience with their children. Any extreme emotional reaction can scar your child’s personality in the long run, moreover, parents fail at keeping control of themselves which results in homeschooling being an utter disaster.
Lack of assistive technology
Most homes lack the technology that is available at school. Thus, compromising their children’s exposure to such methodologies of learning which could prove themselves to be more effective.
Children lack social skills
This is by far the second major issue after financial input that goes into homeschooling. Firstly, children stay at home and the only social interaction they have is usually their parents, siblings, and/or neighbors. Secondly, if they have kids in the neighborhood, there are chances you kids might be shunned by other kids because they don’t attend the same public school.
In the end, it all comes doesn’t to how you can handle. How much are you willing to invest? most importantly how much effort are you going to out in your child. Both homeschooling and public schools have their own setbacks. However, if you are willing. No setback can hold you back.