Can Homeschooling Affect Your Child’s Future?
The pros and cons of homeschooling
Did you know that roughly 1.5 million children in the United States are homeschooled? It’s actually a lot more common than you think. Once upon a time, homeschooling your child meant that you were either a working parent in the entertainment industry or had a working child for that matter in the business. Religious views was also another reason to homeschool; but not anymore. In fact, The U.S. Department of Education’s statistics show an increase in the number of children whose parents are choosing to educate their children on their own.
For parents with a child having difficulties concentrating in a classroom setting, homeschool provides a safe environment to learn at his or her own pace. Additionally, most homeschooled students have more freedom in choosing the courses they want (covering all basic state requirements, of course), when they want, often advancing the student to a higher level than perhaps a student attending a public or private institution. School can also be damaging to a child’s self-esteem with peer pressure, bullies, and boredom. Homeschooled students are at liberty to dress, act, and think without ridicule. Furthermore, parents of homeschooled children cite religious freedom, tighter family relationships, and no “busy work” as pros to homeschool.
On the other hand, some parents argue that homeschool is not in the best interest of the child, citing different teaching methods and a lack of socialization as two major concerns. Many adults who were homeschooled claim social awkwardness as a big obstacle to overcome. Moreover, parents against homeschool also feel that these students aren’t being exposed to different subjects, nor are they experiencing diversity through the students they would naturally encounter in a regular school setting.
What side of the homeschooling fence are you on?