Homeschooling Pros and Cons
We in America are blessed with opportunities beyond measure. If you can dream it, you can do it. Yet often we don’t take advantage of all the knowledge right at our finger tips. Today, I want to talk about Homeschooling. Choosing to home school your children is a very personal choice, one many people have asked me about since I was homeschooled. Before I jump into my personal feelings, I would like to look at some pros and cons of homeschooling.
1. You can customize learning to your child. It’s a sad reality that most teachers are overworked and underpaid. They deal with large classroom sizes, children at different stages and demanding state requirements. This can make it difficult for them to individualized the learning experience. It’s not that they are intentionally ignoring your child who may be slower in reading than she ought to be, it’s just that they have 23 other students to worry about. This can make it easy for a child to fall through the cracks. If you home school, you can focus on each child’s needs.
2. You are a part of their school experience. It’s an exciting thing to watch a child’s mind learn and grow! It’s amazing the things a little one can learn and pick up on and being a part of that journey is a special experience. If you home school, you have the opportunity to watch that child flourish under all the new things that come with teaching!
3. Many people choose homeschooling because it gives them a chance to pass on their own set of values and religious beliefs to their little ones. This can be extremely important to a child’s development and social environment.
1. It can be isolating to your child. If you do not properly socialize them in some sort of sports, 4-H, or a homeschooling group, it can be very lonely for a homeschooled child since most of their time is spent at home. This can cause issues for their development, both socially and academically.
2. It can limit their opportunities when they are older. Some of the most important social connections are made throughout a child’s school years. They make life-long friends, interact with peers and build relationships that can help them professionally when they are out of high school. Without that same environment, it can be more difficult for a child to build strong connections that will further their professional and academic careers after high school.
3. You isolate them to the people you choose for them to be around. This can cause issues interacting with people who are different or have a different perspective than them. I understand the appeal of being able to choose the “right crowd” for your child to be a part of. However, when they are older and in the work world or college, it will be much more difficult for them to respectfully disagree or even understand where someone else is coming from.
4. They may not be prepared for the real world. If you do not use an accredited schooling program, it will be difficult if not impossible for them to further their education without a GED, even if they graduated high school. Colleges and Universities are very strict about accepting credits from different programs and a lot of times, your credits may not even count. Take this into consideration when choosing a curriculum for your child. Don’t cripple them by using a less than stellar system.
My experience with home schooling was not a good one. My mama was working full-time and my daddy was in school full time. Most of the teaching was left up to ourselves. We had to learn without an actual teacher. My parents did not do this intentionally. They truly believed they were doing what was best for us, however, unless you can be fully dedicated to your child during these crucial years, you should not do it. It is difficult enough to learn on your own if you are book smart but it can feel nearly impossible if you are not academically inclined. Choosing a path without being able to follow through is not healthy and will really only be harmful to your child later in life.
Because my parents homeschooled us for religious reasons, we were isolated to a group of people who were only from our church. College was a shock for me. Not only had I never been in a traditional classroom, I couldn’t even interact properly with “normal” kids because I didn’t get their dynamic. I wasn’t up to date on social catch phrases, movies or even social norms. I found myself having to do a balancing act socially while being more challenged academically than I’d ever been in my life. My eyes were also opened to the fact that the world is more gray than black and white and this was also a startling discovery. This was all extremely overwhelming and I was not prepared for it at all.
I personally will never home school my children. I feel that a public education is crucial to a child’s social and academic well-being. However, I do understand it can be done in a constructive and proper way. If you choose to homeschool your children, please evaluate the reasons you are doing it, if it will be beneficial to them, and get with an accredited program. Otherwise, you may unintentionally cripple their futures.
What are your thoughts on homeschooling? Did you enjoy school? I would love to hear about your experiences!