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Home­school­ing is an edu­ca­tion­al method in which par­ents become teach­ers of their chil­dren and assume the respon­si­bil­i­ty of edu­cat­ing their off­spring instead of send­ing them to a con­ven­tion­al school. The method has grown in pop­u­lar­i­ty through­out the world in recent years, and it presents both advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. Here, we exam­ine the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive effects of edu­cat­ing a child at home, for both the child and the parents.

Let Us First Examine Why People Choose To Teach Their Children:

1- Isolation

Some par­ents home-school their chil­dren out of sheer neces­si­ty. They live in a remote or iso­lat­ed loca­tion, which is too far from a school for the child to attend. These chil­dren may live on remote cat­tle sta­tions, off-grid homes or spend their lives con­tin­u­al­ly on the road. While some of these fam­i­lies may have access to dis­tance edu­ca­tion or school of the air, some oth­ers may not, while some fam­i­lies may choose to forego this option.

2- Religion

Fam­i­lies who have a sol­id reli­gious belief sys­tem may not find ade­quate reli­gious edu­ca­tion in main­stream schools or schools close to their home, and sub­se­quent­ly choose to keep their child at home where they can be sure that the child will receive the reli­gious instruc­tion the par­ents desire, away from oth­er neg­a­tive influ­ences. Con­verse­ly, some par­ents choose not to send their chil­dren to school because there is too much reli­gious instruction.

3- Lack of confidence

  Many par­ents sim­ply do not have any con­fi­dence in the main­stream school sys­tem. They believe that it can­not pro­vide their child with the edu­ca­tion they deserve and that the par­ents them­selves can more effec­tive­ly pre­pare their chil­dren for aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess and suc­cess in life itself.

4- Special needs

Chil­dren with spe­cial needs can find them­selves strug­gling at schools that do not have the required resources or exper­tise to meet the needs of that child. Par­ents who are dis­sat­is­fied with the ser­vices offered to their chil­dren may with­draw them from con­ven­tion­al schools and decide to edu­cate the child themselves.

When Exploring The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling, It Is Necessary To Analyze Its Effect On The Child and The Parents

We Will Start By Focussing On The Child:

1- Academic Performance

pros and cons of homeschooling l homeschooling pros and cons l the pros and cons of homeschool l homeschooling pros l pros of homeschooling In-depth stud­ies on the com­par­a­tive aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance of home-schooled stu­dents and main­stream stu­dents are lim­it­ed. Still, the stud­ies that have been com­plet­ed indi­cate that home­schooled chil­dren per­form well in aca­d­e­m­ic tests and exams. Experts point to the one-on-one teach­ing method as one rea­son for the results and con­trast this with the tra­di­tion­al school­ing set­ting of a class with about 30 oth­er stu­dents, all com­pet­ing for the teacher’s atten­tion and assis­tance. As hard as teach­ers try, it is tough to pro­vide indi­vid­ual instruc­tion dai­ly to 30 stu­dents in one class.

2- Flexibility

Anoth­er rea­son for the pos­i­tive aca­d­e­m­ic results may be the greater flex­i­bil­i­ty in learn­ing avail­able to home-schooled stu­dents. Par­ents can adapt the cur­ricu­lum to suit the needs of their children. That is a sig­nif­i­cant advan­tage, and flex­i­ble learn­ing pro­grams are a goal of most schools, although, in real­i­ty, they can be hard to imple­ment. When edu­cat­ed at home, a child can be taught in a style that suits their per­son­al­i­ty and pre­ferred learn­ing style. For exam­ple, chil­dren can be audi­to­ry learn­ers, tac­tile learn­ers or visu­al learners. Some stu­dents are quite hap­py to be told once how to com­plete a task, attempt it imme­di­ate­ly in front of the teacher and receive imme­di­ate feed­back. In con­trast, oth­ers pre­fer to take the respon­si­bil­i­ty or skill away, work on it in their own space, and come back and demon­strate their mas­tery at anoth­er time. Par­ents can deter­mine their child’s learn­ing style/s and adapt lessons accord­ing­ly – with­out hav­ing to cater to the learn­ing styles of anoth­er 30 stu­dents simultaneously.

3- Interests

Besides, par­ents know their chil­dren. They know their inter­ests and hob­bies, and the best teach­ers are those who can tap into a student’s inter­est and incor­po­rate them into a lesson.

4- Less Distraction

pros and cons of homeschooling l homeschooling pros and cons l the pros and cons of homeschool l homeschooling pros l pros of homeschooling You know what we’re talk­ing about. You remem­ber your school days when the class clown had to make a joke of every­thing, or the bois­ter­ous boys couldn’t help but make them­selves heard while you were try­ing to con­cen­trate (or maybe you were the class clown), These dis­trac­tions detract from a child’s learn­ing, but are much less like­ly to be a prob­lem for chil­dren who are homeschooled.

5- Test, test, test

Home­school­ing par­ents often crit­i­cize the mod­ern obses­sion with test­ing in main­stream schools. They believe schools have been forced, or have cho­sen, to direct all teach­ing to help stu­dents achieve bet­ter results in man­dat­ed, stan­dard­ized tests. Home­school­ing, how­ev­er, allows the par­ents to either ignore or shift focus away from tests and to teach the child a broad­er cur­ricu­lum cen­tred on learn­ing for the sake of learn­ing, curios­i­ty, art, music, nature, play and per­son­al char­ac­ter­is­tics such as phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tion­al development.

6- Social Development

Of course, there are dis­ad­van­tages to home­school­ing, and the most cit­ed prob­lem is social devel­op­ment. Chil­dren lack the oppor­tu­ni­ty to inter­act with a large num­ber of peers dai­ly. This restricts their abil­i­ty to learn how to devel­op friend­ships, deal with bul­lies, expose them­selves to dif­fer­ent life expe­ri­ences, lan­guages or cul­tures – even dif­fer­ent food. It is said that the most valu­able lessons learned at school occur in the play­ground. How to nego­ti­ate, choose friends, form rela­tion­ships, avoid or grav­i­tate towards cer­tain peo­ple, cre­ate an indi­vid­ual per­sona, be assertive and oth­er inter­per­son­al skills. For a child who is home­schooled, these lessons can be learned only with siblings.

What About The Parents (Pros and Cons of Homeschooling)?

Home­school­ing can cre­ate many pres­sures and advan­tages for par­ents.

1- Expertise

pros and cons of homeschooling l homeschooling pros and cons l the pros and cons of homeschool l homeschooling pros l pros of homeschooling Does the par­ent know the sub­ject mat­ter, or how to teach it? Teach­ing chil­dren every­thing they need to know to thrive in the world is a very demand­ing job. Pri­ma­ry school teach­ers require a basic mas­tery of every school sub­ject, and the abil­i­ty to trans­mit this to chil­dren, while sec­ondary school teach­ers must be spe­cial­ized experts in their field, and must have the skills to pass on this knowl­edge and skills to teenagers. Do the par­ents know enough about each sub­ject, and do they have the skills and the per­son­al­i­ty to impart this learn­ing to their chil­dren daily?

2- Cost

Home­school­ing can be expen­sive. Par­ents need to acquire all of the nec­es­sary resources to teach their chil­dren in a way that at least aligns with a con­ven­tion­al curriculum. Buy­ing resources and equip­ment to ensure that the child or chil­dren can be taught a wide range of sub­ject areas can be expen­sive. How­ev­er, many par­ents have found a way to home-school their chil­dren with­out spend­ing a fortune. Anoth­er aspect of the cost of edu­cat­ing a child at home is that one par­ent will not be able to work full time, or maybe not at all, as they devote their time to teach­ing. This loss of income must be fac­tored into the family’s budget. Fur­ther­more, if the child is sent to sit for stan­dard­ized exams, they will need to be car­ried out at a school or offi­cial test­ing cen­ter, and pay­ing exter­nal­ly for these exams can be expensive.

3- Work-Life Balance

A major con­sid­er­a­tion for any par­ent con­sid­er­ing home­school­ing is their work-life bal­ance. The home becomes the work­place, but it is dif­fer­ent from some­one doing anoth­er occu­pa­tion (archi­tec­ture) from a home office because, in that case, the chil­dren are not involved. For a par­ent-teacher, the chil­dren are the work, the job, and the fin­ished prod­uct. A major chal­lenge for a par­ent edu­cat­ing their chil­dren at home is find­ing ways to sep­a­rate teach­ing at home from liv­ing at home.

4- Family Harmony

In a sim­i­lar vein, care must be tak­en to main­tain fam­i­ly har­mo­ny. Teach­ing chil­dren is stress­ful for teach­ers and stu­dents, and con­flict will inevitably arise.  One of the dis­ad­van­tages of home­school­ing is the dif­fi­cul­ty of sep­a­rat­ing the student/teacher dynam­ic from the child/parent dynam­ic, as both are lived in the same space! In con­trast, fam­i­lies and experts find a lot of evi­dence that home­school­ing cre­ates stronger fam­i­ly bonds; as chil­dren and par­ents spend more con­struc­tive time togeth­er, par­ents can more read­i­ly see and cel­e­brate their child’s aca­d­e­m­ic and per­son­al mile­stones and can grow together.

5- Tertiary Education

Par­ents may not be as well equipped as schools in prepar­ing stu­dents for ter­tiary edu­ca­tion. Stu­dents who wish to con­tin­ue study­ing after grad­u­a­tion are offered a lot of qual­i­fied guid­ance from school teach­ers and schools, and it may be dif­fi­cult for a par­ent to pro­vide the same guid­ance to their child.

Last but not least

Home­school­ing presents advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages to par­ents and chil­dren. Learn­ing from home can impact a child’s social devel­op­ment, aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance and options after school while also cre­at­ing emo­tion­al and finan­cial stress for parents. Con­verse­ly, it can also see chil­dren and fam­i­lies grow togeth­er and allow the child to be taught an indi­vid­u­al­ized pro­gram that will see them thrive. When the atmos­phere encour­ages learn­ing, learn­ing is inevitable. ~ Eliz­a­beth Foss

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