Homeschooling Pros And Cons

Dec 31, 2018 by

When it comes to the education of our children, it’s really one of the most important things we have to consider as parents, and the truth is that nowadays we have more choice than we used to.

There are parents out there who would absolutely never consider putting their children into the public school system – and they either choose other options such as private schools, or homeschool.

Then there are parents who are just as much against the homeschool idea and believe that education is best left to teachers and schools.

You don’t need to have a strong opinion on either side – in fact, it’s probably best when you don’t, since this mean you’ll be more open to looking at the various options from a more objective view point.

Whether you currently have kids in school or are approaching the stage where they’ll soon need to be enrolled somewhere, there definitely are options for you to consider, so if you’re wondering what the best option for your children and family is, then we’ve listed out a few points for both homeschooling and traditional school for you to consider so that you can hopefully make a decision that feels right for you and not what other people think is best, because you have to remember that you know your kids better than anyone else and it’s your job to decide what type of education you choose for them when they’re younger, so don’t allow yourself to be pressured by the opinions or unsolicited advice of others – as well meaning it may be.

Homeschool pros:

  • You know what your kids are learning: When homeschooling your kids, you have complete control over what they’re learning – unlike when they’re in a traditional school and are taught subjects according to the curriculum as set out by an education board or teachers.
  • Curriculum can be tailored to them: Although school curriculums are set up to be broad and give kids a good range of things from which to learn from, the downside of this is that not all children will like or thrive in the same areas, and although some of these subjects will be important for their future, not all will be, so when you homeschool, you get the chance to help them focus on the areas that they really have talents in and enjoy instead of making them sit through things that just deplete them of energy and creativity and that could encourage them to form negative opinions and feelings towards education as a whole.
  • It can help you build stronger relationships with your children: Being a teacher is something that requires a lot of patience, but will also keep you with your children almost 24/7, and although this can have downsides, if you have a direct role in their daily education, it help you build a stronger relationship with them based on trust and respect which will carry through into adulthood.
  • You can nurture their learning style: Studies have shown that there are multiple ways in which people learn, but the problem is that the traditional education system is set up to only incorporate one or two of these styles and that includes listening. Many children are more visual learners, or tactile learners, where they need to be able to touch things in order to understand how they work. This style of learning is very common in people who go on to work in fields like science and engineering, yet the school system doesn’t really incorporate the tools that support this style of learning, so if you’re homeschooling, then you’ll be able to nurture this in your child and help them work and learn in a way that really supports their needs.
  • Learning can happen wherever you choose: Unlike in a traditional classroom in a school, you can teach your kids anywhere, and this opens them up to different things they can learn about. For example, you can combine a vacation with the chance to teach them about another country, and this is far more in-depth than they’d learn from a school geography class. You can take them to places like your local park to teach them about the different kinds of plants, or whatever else you want to teach them. Homeschooling means you’re not restricted by location.
  • They can still take part in after-school activities: Although many public schools will have restrictions in place about allowing external homeschoolers to participate in things like their sports programmes, you can choose from a greater variety of programmes that run in your local area that still allow your kids to take part in after-school activities to expose them to more social interaction and keep up with their hobbies and passions outside of school.
  • They won’t be subjected to bullying in school: Most schools are pretty good when it comes to dealing with bullying, but it definitely still happens, and although you can’t and shouldn’t wrap your kids in cotton wool, if they’ve been dealing with a bully, then choosing to homeschool them is definitely on way to combat this.
  • No pressure from teachers or peers: The public school system comes with a lot of pressure attached. Whether it’s from other parents who use their kids to compete against each other, teachers who really shouldn’t be teachers and put too much pressure on kids, or even peer pressure that all kids usually are faced with at some point, if this gets too extreme, then it can cause problems such as low self-esteem which can carry into later life, then homeschooling your kids can help them with this.
  • Less distractions: When you homeschool, you get to set the environment for your kids to learn, and this is a good thing because you can ensure there are no distractions and that they will be totally focused on the task at hand. In a school, they may be faced with distractions such as other children who insist on making noise or disrupting the class.
  • Homeschoolers statistically perform better on standardized tests: If you want your kids to move to the next stage of education or even attend university, then they’ll still have to meet the regular requirements and this is going to require them to sit the same standardized tests as those who attend public school. The good thing is that homeschoolers have been shown many times to actually perform better on these tests, so this isn’t going to be as much of an issue as many people think it will be.

Homeschool cons:

  • It’s a major commitment on your part: Homeschooling is a huge lifestyle change and it requires a major commitment on your part to make it successful. You’ll have to ensure you’re doing it for the right reasons (not just because you don’t agree with the traditional system) that are best for your children, that you’re able to maintain the structure and make sure you’re teaching them a broad range of subjects.
  • You’ll have less time for yourself: When you’re a parent, having time for yourself is already something that’s considered a luxury, but when you’re a homeschooling parent, this is even more so the case.
  • You may have to consider changing your work hours or giving up completely: Homeschooling is something that takes a big amount of time, and the time that you’d have to work during the day when the kids are at school is suddenly going to be gone, so you may have to consider quitting completely, working less hours, or even seeing if you can work from home.
  • There could be reduced social interaction with other kids: Homeschooled kids won’t have the same interaction with classmates that they would if they were in a traditional school, and social interaction with kids their own age is important, so you may want to consider seeing if there are homeschool groups in your community or find other ways to ensure their social interaction is not completely limited.
  • You may not be the best person to teach your child: As much as parents like to believe they’re the best people to teach their kids, it’s really not the case. Teachers are trained professionals, and are supposed to objective in their teaching, so if you’re not the best at a specific subject and won’t be able to help your child properly when trying to learn it, then this is something you really need to be honest about since it could be more damaging in the long run.
  • There may be less resources at home than in a school: Teachers in schools often have things that support learning more than we do at home. Programs like Teacher Funder help them get the best resources like computers, books, and other things that you may not be able to access from home.

We hope that this list has given you a bit more insight into the world of homeschooling so that you can see if this something that will really work for your family or not. There’s really no right or wrong answer here as long as you’re doing what’s best  for your child.

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