What Are The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
By Kayley Kenzie
Even though homeschooling has been proven to be a successful method of education, there are still several debates about its effectiveness. To be honest, most people shuffle through the pros and cons of homeschooling to determine what they think.
Homeschooling obviously offers some of the greatest benefits in education; however, it is important that you understand some of the negatives before taking your child out of school and teaching him on your own.
It is then important for you to research the pros and cons of homeschooling before making any major decision. It is up to you to determine what the positives and negatives would be for your family.
Some of the most claimed pros of homeschooling include:
- Flexibility - Unlike traditional education, you have the ability to make adjustments with scheduling, location of learning, how your child is taught, and adding and/or removing parts of your curriculum.
- Customized learning - Learning can be adapted to meet a child's needs. You can fit learning to a child's capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You can also determine the pace and learning style. Children don't have to compete with other students for receiving one-on-one attention. They don't need to keep up with other students. A concept can be taught until it is mastered, and lessons can start and finish whenever you want them to.
- Practical lessons - Parents have the freedom in a homeschool setting to decide how their child will learn something best. For example, more field trips can be incorporated. Parents can also incorporate videos and research that help children.
Not only the pros, but also the cons of homeschooling should be examined:
- Reduced social interaction - Social interaction is needed to help develop communication and social skills. School-aged children need this type of interaction. Homeschooling parents often organize social activities for their children to make sure that they are developing these important skills.
- Time factors - It is really time consuming to be a homeschooling parent. Not only do you need time to plan, teach, and create assignments, you also need time to teach your children and help them through the lessons.
- Money issues - Because homeschooling takes so much time, usually one parent needs to forgo a career to teach the children. Sacrificing one of the sources of income can be financially difficult.
It is important that as you examine the pros and cons of homeschooling that you understand what is best for you and your family.
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