When parents think about homeschooling, they are usually looking for an option for a better educating their child. Often, they are less than satisfied with the opportunities their child gets with a regular education system.
All too often the personal attention given to a child in an overcrowded public schools is less than parents would like. Then there is, what many would consider, a below average curriculum offered in public schools. Who wouldn’t want the better education homeschool could provide?
Then again, you need to wonder about homeschooling when you hear that when it comes time for college, a homeschooled child isn’t taken as seriously sometimes. There are all kinds of considerations to think about.
The best part in being homeschooled for a child, lies in how she receives adequate attention from her teacher, usually a parent or an older sibling. It’s well known how in a regular school, it’s the pupil that needs to keep up with the lesson, the lesson being something that progresses at a speed set by the teacher.
In a homeschooling situation though, the lesson adapts to the needs of the pupil. It’s hardly possible in a regular school setting for the teacher to help every student. Every class is going to have a few students who fall behind and it is near impossible for a teacher to stop and handhold a child through a difficult lesson when the other children in the class seem to get the point.
This can never happen in a home school setting. Your child will get all of the individual attention they need until they get it.
So, when you think about homeschooling for your child, do the advantages outweigh the negatives?
To begin with, how natural can you expect a child’s upbringing to be when there isn’t enough regular socialization, save for playtime out on the street or in the park? How does it affect a child not to have the competitive spirit pushing her to learn harder, to think better?
How prepared will the parents be to teach a child all by themselves? If they are prepared to bring in teachers to teach a child though, the problem doesn’t affect things as much.
The most import issue to consider is that come time for higher learning, homeschooling is rarely taken seriously by the admissions board at a college as a regular schooling. The Ivy League is usually practically closed to a homeschooled child. Certainly not fair and it should raise concerns.
Talking About Home Schooling…
A good education is more important than ever and parents want their children to attend the best schools possible. If a private school is out of the question, for most, the next best thing is a high rated public school. But what about home schooling?
I’ve worked most of my life as a freelance writer and have had the opportunity to get to know many students that are home schooled and who have gone on to achieve great things in life. When I speak to their parents about home schooling, they tell me that they opted for that route for a number of reasons.
The first and most important is the home schooling curriculum. There are many well-respected home school courses of study available that provide as much, if not more, education than many public schools do.
What is great is that the classes students take are always available. In other words, they don’t have to worry about a course being filled up or canceled for lack of interest.
Another big boon I hear about home schooling is the lack of social problems students encounter.
One lady told me her daughter was being bullied to the point that she felt obligated to remove her from school and have her home schooled, and said that now her daughter is flourishing.
There is definitely a trade-off in the sense that that there are not as many opportunities to interact with peers and develop the same level of social maturity as students who attend private and public schools do. But even that is changing for homeschoolers.
I wrote a story a few years ago about a basketball team comprised entirely of players that were part of a home school association. They practiced, played games and traveled together with a group of like-minded young people in which no one is picked on or made to feel isolated.
There are other social activities that parents of home schooled students can join that will allow their children to interact with their peers.
A good friend of mine recently told me that her son was facing some difficulties in the school to which he had just transferred and was practically begging her to let him study at home instead.
She told me that she did not want to even talk about home schooling, because she, like so many others, feared her child wouldn’t receive the same level of education or social development that he would in a traditional school.
I don’t think that home school is necessarily for everyone, but I think that there are benefits, and I think if a parent feels that his or her child may do better in such an environment, it is important to at least talk about home schooling as a possible alternative.