The homeschooling movement has started gaining popularity among parents around the world in the last decade. Home-schooling includes teaching children various subjects required for basic knowledge within the house or by joining groups other than schools.Parents opt to home school their children because they feel like the traditional schooling system cannot provide their children the optimal education that they require.
The text book and standardized tests of a tradition school paired with limited subjects leads parents to believe that home schooling is a better alternative to enrolling their children into a school.Homeschooling was practiced in the 18th and early 19th centuries by parents who could not afford to enroll their children into expensive schools. In the early 1960s and 1970s, the movement resurrected as parents were dissatisfied with the state provided school curriculum. The increase in crime rates and bullying is also a major reason parents are preferring home schools for their children.
Parents felt the need to teach their own kids in accordance with their individual kid’s passions and learning capacity. Homeschooling mostly follows the educational philosophy of interest-led learning. Here, the children are taught subjects that interest them most and would like to build a career out of.
Home-schooled kids have been found to score higher than the national average on standardized tests and many have been accepted into Ivy league universities. In the U.S. alone, there were 2 million home-schooled students in 2016 with the number increasing by 7 to 15% on a yearly basis. In India, the rules regarding homeschooling are unclear. The government requires compulsory attendance for children aged 7-14 but has stated that they would not interfere with parents who would like to home-school.
There are certain advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling, which must be considered before making the decision of whether a child should be home-schooled or sent to a tradition school. Read the following to see if you should consider homeschooling your children.
1.Interest-led learning according to each individual child’s passion and capacity is promoted. Children are not forced to mug up books for course tests that can seldom assess the children’s intelligence or interest in particular subjects.
2. Children with special needs or conditions can be taught using a method suitable for them and at a pace at which they can retain what they learn. Flexibility of learning hours is an advantage.Children might feel more comfortable learning in the presence of their parents and parents can be assured that their children are safe at all times.
3. Home-schooled children have a better relationship with their parents as they spend most of their time with their parents teaching them various subjects in the comfort of their home. A better relationship allows parents to guide them through their studies and career choices; a support most schooled students lack in their lives.
4.Students can focus on particular subjects that intrigues their interests and work towards mastering themselves in those subjects. Such subjects such as gardening, music, arts and animals might not even be available in a traditional school system.
5. There is a flexibility in learning hours which allows children to learn about their interested subjects at any time and in any depth, without being limited to school hours or curriculum. This limitation is one of the major reasons, parents opt to home-school their children as they think such a test-based schooling system is limiting their children’s potential.
1.A certain percentage of home-schooled kids are vulnerable to depression due to limited social interactions. With a routine that is confined to their home, children have a fear of missing out on making new friends and having fun. Also, spending a lot of time with parents might make them distant from their parents if they do not enjoy their company.
2.Homeschooling requires a lot of finances as all the resources and study materials, including the equipment or instruments for study of particular subjects has to be funded by the parents themselves. This puts a lot of financial strain on the parents; a price to pay for a better customized education system.
3.Parents must be dedicated towards their goal of providing their children with the best education. Most parents who home school their children spend entire days with their children and cannot have much time for themselves. They must have enough time and patience to teach their kids all the subjects required for their particular interests.
4. Although parents of today are very well-educated and can teach their children on their own, not every parent is good at teaching every subject. This might hamper the studies of the kids if they are following a certain curriculum.
Keeping these points in mind is the first step towards deciding whether you should consider home schooling your children. The rest follows and becomes better with time and practice.