Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 5th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Parents want the best education for their children. The standard of public education varies depending on where you live. Parents need to weigh up the pros and cons before making decisions about homeschooling. Read on to see if homeschooling is the best option for your family.

Homeschooling as An Educational Option

Depending on where you live, a range of educational opportunities is now available to many people. These include the public school system, private schools of an increasing nature and homeschooling.
Not all school systems suit all children, and parents opt out of their local public system for a number of legitimate reasons. It is important that parents make decisions in the best interests of their individual children.
Before deciding to commit to home schooling, consider the following points.

Homeschooling: A Family Commitment

When a family chooses to home school their children, it is usually a commitment for the whole family, not just for one parent or child. The family needs to sincerely believe that that committing to homeschooling is the right thing for them. A learning environment needs to be established in the home to enable learning to take place.
Homeschooling is a time consuming arrangement. Public teachers work long hours and so does the homeschooling family. In countries where education is compulsory, there are still commitments to curriculum that needs to be covered. Decisions have to be made, usually in conjunction with the parent and learner as to how the curriculum will be covered and what the expected outcomes will be.
When chosen for the correct reasons, homeschooling can have a positive impact on families. However, there is also a danger of homeschooling placing more stress on already burdened lifestyles.

Education Meeting Individual Needs

Homeschooling can be one way of meeting the learning needs of a child. The public system is not always the best for an individual. Advantages of homeschooling include closer attention to a child's interests and talents, but there is also the pitfall of becoming too closely aligned with personal interests and not developing a broad learning base.
When learning programmes are individualised there is more likelihood a learner will branch out into related areas of interest and extend their knowledge and skills. This can be an exciting step for homeschoolers, as longs as ther is adequate access to the resources required.
Parents need to be skilled enough to understand learning progressions and to ensure that these are being adequately met.

Relationships with Others

Some parents make great one-to-one tutors and facilitators for their childrens learning. Others find themselves floundering. Parents need to be sure their relationship with a child is strong enough to survive. Homeschooling means a 24 hour commitment to your child.
One factor often used in arguments against homeschooling is the issue of social relationships. At school children learn to deal with the real world of conflicting personalities and interests. These situations may not always be pleasant, but are unfortunately what real life is about.
Rather than learning in isolation, homeschoolers have the opportunity to work with other homeschoolers in their community. Times can be arranaged where students get together for mutual support, or joint participation in certain activities. Therefore hiomeschooling need not mean learning in isolation.

Self-Management Skills

Every learner differs in their ability to work with others. Some children thrive on the interaction and group involvement of class mates, while others need to work on their own.
It is important for parents considereing homeschooling to remember that eventually school days are over. Children then need to be able to cope in higher learning institutions or in the workforce.
There they meet distractions, unpleasant people and demands on them that can seem overwhelming. It is important therefore, that homeschoolers are given opportunities to learn self management skills. As well as dealing with people, this also means managing individual learning time. Even though homeschooling gives opportunities for adequate time to be spent exploring new learning, students need to learn to complete projects and meet deadlines.
Parents need to allow students to become independent learners and not insist on stamping their personal mark on their child if they want them to be able to cope in the wider world later in life.

Consider all the Options

Before making the decision to homeschool your children, make sure you are aware of all the implications. Check out local homeschooling communities and organistations for advice about what the requirements are in your area.
Consultation at the beginning will help avoid disappointment and tension further down the track.
Remember, homeschooling is only one of many educational opportunities available. Make sure you understand the pros and cons before starting on this journey.

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Curriculum, Education, Homeschooling, Independent Learners, Learning Environment, Learning Needs, Tips For Homeschoolers

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author avatar Val Mills
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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Wise advice, nicely done Val:0)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Jan 2012 (#)

So many parents want to know about the advantages or disadvantages of home schooling their children I think it is good information to share.
Well done.

Johnny is needed to moderate my page.. seems to be missing today.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Carol and I home schooled our two boys, and we camn think of no disadvantages to it. They are miles ahead of their public schooled peers in terms of maturity, caring, and what they know.

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Jan 2012 (#)

I think you'll agree Steve,it depends very much on the parents.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article on the pros and cons of homeschooling. Great page, all the way around. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Retired
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Outstanding page, Val, and much deserving of the star (bravo). A friend of mine does homeschooling (successfully--her kids are exceptional) though it is very demanding, it's equally rewarding. I wrote a short senryu poem i her honor:

homeschool mother is
master of maternity
patience PhD

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author avatar Buzz
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Val. A very informative contribution to the readers through Mark's challenge. Wonderful share.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Homeschooling is a real commitment. Many parents fail their children with homeschooling because their own knowledge is insufficient. Brilliant article yet again, Val.

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author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
8th Jan 2012 (#)

thanks for the advice. if i ever have kids, i'm gonna school them depending on what they need. ^_^

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author avatar richardpeeej
8th Jan 2012 (#)

You can't beat having a good education Val..thanks for sharing your ideas my friend...and congratulations in achieving a star for your page..

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
11th Jan 2012 (#)

A valuable article indeed! Informative, and filled with sound advice! Bravo!

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author avatar ghazala zafar
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

A very good write-up, it truly deserves a star!
Yes, it all depends upon parents and the home environment. Your statement is very much convincing:
" When a family chooses to home school their children, it is usually a commitment for the whole family, not just for one parent or child"

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