Parents who are seriously considering homeschooling their kids should weigh the pros and cons before making a decision that will affect their child.
More and more parents are taking up homeschooling nowadays, and this method of educating one’s child is widely accepted in the United States, and elsewhere in the world. Homeschooled kids excel in standardized testing. Universities and colleges have no qualms about accepting children who have been homeschooled. And because they have been trained early on to be independent learners, homeschooled individuals grow up to become reliable, resourceful individuals.
But before you decide to bid sayonara to the traditional education offered by public and private schools, here is a list of homeschooling pros and cons that you need to consider.
Pros of Homeschooling
Educational liberty – Most states allow homeschooled students to choose to learn what, when and how they want to learn, and of course, for as long as they need to in order to fully grasp the subject, while still following homeschool curriculum provided by the state. Homeschooling parents can use a variety of methods to teach their kids and focus on areas that their kids find interesting and excel in the most. Parents can tailor their lessons to fit their child’s abilities, maturity and interest.
Religious freedom – Many parents feel that homeschooling provides them with the opportunity to incorporate their values and beliefs into their child’s learning on a daily basis.
Closer family ties – Almost all homeschooling families say that homeschooling has played an essential role in bringing their family closer. The time that parents spend teaching their children, and the time the kids spend learning together, can foster a loving relationship in the family.
Emotional stability – Homeschooled kids don’t have to worry about bullying, peer pressure and spiteful competition so their self-esteem won’t have to suffer needlessly. Parents with kids who have been the target of bullying have resorted to homeschooling to protect their kids from the harmful effects of harassment.
Loose schedules – The thing that most, if not all, homeschooling parents and children enjoy about it is the fact that they no longer have to work their lives around homework and school hours. They usually accomplish in a few hours each day what typically takes a week or more to complete in a classroom setting. Because they spend more time in hands-on learning, homeschooled kids can do away with homework, which is what usually keeps public schooled kids up late at night. Families can schedule off-season vacations, go on field trips or visit museums, zoos and parks during the week as part of their learning experience.
Cons of Homeschooling
Time consuming – Homeschooling parents spend a chunk of their time planning, driving their kids to and from activities and participating in them. Ideally, in a two-parent home, one of the parents work while the other devotes time to homeschooling. It becomes even more challenging for single parents who choose to homeschool their kids because they need to balance time between work and educating their kids.
Financial constraints – In order to homeschool their kids, one of the parents usually forgo full-time employment and this can hurt the family’s finances. However, most families say that the sacrifice is worth it to see their kids grow and learn first-hand.
Limited access to sports – Many homeschooling families mention the lack of available community sports activities wherein their kids can be accepted. However, some homeschooling families have found a way to resolve this issue by creating their own teams and initiating sports activities together.
Criticism from others – While homeschooling continues to grow in popularity, many people still have a negative view of it and it is not uncommon, even for friends and family, to criticize those who choose to homeschool their kids.