The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

When it comes to homeschooling, I can see a lot of things that people on both sides of the arguments find appealing.  For starters, homeshooling provides a more flexible environment and schedule to work with.  A student will not have to worry about classroom or school issues that make deter them from their daily schedule.  In addition, parents know their children better than anyone and can select the most appropriate activities to administer.  This provides a more “customized” education for their children to ensure they are developing at an appropriate pace.

The downfalls of homeschooling start at the lack of social interaction with other students.  These kinds of interactions help to develop relationships between their peers as well as character for the type of person they will become.  Without that kind of stimulation, they are forced to seek it elsewhere and may affect their development.  The time and money involved in homeschooling is a problem.  Parents who commit to teaching their children full-time on top of a full-time job have a challenge ahead of them and some may not be able to handle such a demanding task.  Money to provide resources for their instruction can also affect the type of education their children are receiving and can affect the other family income, leading to additional problems.

My main concern with homeschooling has to do with the social interaction aspect of it all.  A student who only discusses content matter all day with no one but their teacher aka parent, then they are not receiving a well rounded education.  Students need to be exposed to different types of opinions to develop their own concept of the world around them.  In order to do that, they need to hear the perceptions of their peers in some type of social setting, whether it is in a face-to-face classroom or in an online forum.  This is critical to their development and is something that must be addressed for homeschool students to receive the best education possibly.


2 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling”

  1. The social aspect of homeschooling is one of the biggest if not the biggest misconceptions of homeschooling. Homeschooling family’s have much more social interactions than their counter parts in in public/private schools. For one they aren’t “doing school” work for eight hours a day so they are out in the world more. Older children usually volunteer for community purposes and even have part time jobs. Not only that but there are more recourses out there for homeschooers then there ever was. There are homeschool sports and I know at least in my state homeschoolers can enroll in non core subjects in public school and even join sports there too. Not only that but children are not only interacting with children their own age but of varying other ages. Remember too just because homeschool has the word home in it doesn’t mean they are home most of the time.

    As for the cost of homeschooling it can be as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. Learning doesn’t always have to happen inside a text book. I hope this helps you understand what homeschooling is a little bit better.

  2. I have to agree with Jody that the social aspect of home schooling isn’t really an issue with me. I feel that we the student that are home schooled have a greater understanding of how to be sociable in different situations than students that are around their fiends all day. Students seem to be to free with their words when around people they have known all their lives and don’t seem to care what they say to each other. I feel that if you are home schooled you interact with more different age groups the will help not take certain types of language and those students know how to communicate with different people and during different situations.

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