Homeschooling, which was earlier limited to special cases, is a well-growing trend now.With more than 2 million children getting home-schooled, the trend is worth a judgment.
Like anything else, homeschooling pros and cons both exist together. There are many advantages of homeschooling and at the same time, there are some disadvantages too.
Pros And Cons of Homeschooling:
Here I have listed the pros and cons of homeschooling so that you can make up your mind whether homeschooling is for your or not.
Benefits of Homeschooling:
Let’s start with the positive aspects of homeschooling first. Then we will jump onto its negative aspects.
- One of the main homeschooling advantages is freedom of choice of subjects of interest: Unlike regular schools which have a fixed syllabus, home-schooling has the benefit of choosing your own subjects and syllabus. It does not restrict you to the conventional system and helps you focus on your objectives.
- Freedom to decide upon time to be spent on studying: This is the best part though. When and how much to study is a great proof homeschooling. Since, you decide the syllabus and subjects and the tutor, a lot of time could be saved.
- Comfort of home: Not saying that schools are less comfortable, but homes have an aura of their own, a comfort of their own. It’ much better studying on comfortable sofas instead of rough chairs in schools.
- No Travel time: Unless your school is absolutely near your residence, something which happens in the rarest of the rare cases, you can expect to spend a major part of your time traveling. Home Schooling saves you from that part and thats one of the best benefits of homeschooling.
- No bad influences during teenage: Alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc. One good part about home-schooling is that it isolates the student from negative influences in his/her teenage years. This stands as a significant advantage in building right morals and a positive personality.
- Stability during difficult times: Another advantage of Home-Schooling is that one can adjust with studies when tragedy strikes family or otherwise. The student won’t have to lose semesters because of low attendance.
Cons of Homeschooling
The Con’s of homeschooling are as follows:
- Way too expensive: Since a private tutor is hired, the cost of homeschooling is high. Furthermore, the cost of getting education for a single student is much higher than when in a group.
- Isolation from the society: The worst part of home-schooling is isolation from the society. you get to meet a lot less number of people. This has a significant impact of one’s personality and usually makes one an introvert.
- Need to spend more time with Children: When children are home-schooled, their parents need to spend more time in them because they won’t be leaving them in school for half of the day.
- Less team activities: This one is obvious. It’s not that students who are educated at home have no social contact at all, but since they are not a part of groups in schools, they get less opportunities for team activities.
- Lesser friends: Another con of homeschooling is that the child has a limited number of friends since his/her social sphere is limited. Usually, classmates are the first non-family friends for children but those who are home-schooled lack this privilege.
- Unable to learn and manage the vices of the society: The world is cruel out there. And you start learning it right when you are young at school. This is indeed an important learning. As they say, “experience is the best teacher, but it’s fee is very high”. However, those who prefer homeschooling miss this important lesson.
How to mitigate the Con’s?
The negatives can be lessened by involving the child in social clubs and activities otherwise. eg. Encouraging to join summer camps and adventure groups.