The Good & Bad of Home Schooling

Perception

Perception of homeschool has changed drastically over the years.  In the late 1990s telling people, you were homeschooled, would have been met with blank stares. Fast forward to 2016, you hear about homeschool everywhere: in the local papers, at the Walmart, in casual conversation, even on television.More and more people are getting educated where they are, on their schedule, and at the pace that works for them. Adults and children are reaping the benefits of the computer age.

Scheduling Can Be Hard

For a mom or dad working, trying to fit education between shifts at the factory, home-schooling is difficult if not impossible.Parents using private or public school can rely on the institution to educate their children while they work. But, in public school, they can't change the schedule for you.

A Natural Environment

Twenty, eight-year-olds, in a classroom, interacting with one, maybe two adults. Does that sound natural? You could talk about smaller classroom sizes and more teachers, but the fact remains most of your child's friends are their age.Picture a mom and dad, three children and grandmother, spreading education, among the family unit. Substitute this family unit in almost any way, and it's still more natural than a closed environment.The homeschoolers attend community events, play with the neighbor kids. Some of their friends are older and some younger. Their best friends live in different districts, their parents are on third shift and so are they. These are all just examples of ways a home schooler's life can vary from the ordinary.In a traditional school, a child's peers are all their age. These peers are often the pool that they choose their friends from. Interaction at home is a small window of a school-age child's day. After school, they're bogged down with homework.

The Real World

Children in public or private school must learn about the 'real world,' with lessons on social interaction.In homeschool education is life. There are no special classes to teach you how to deal with it because it's with you all the time.When traditionally schooled children, head into a work environment, they find it different from school.On the negative side, life events can put the breaks on education.

Pick Your Program

Homeschool parents can pick programs and schools according to their needs, and they can trade it in for another if it doesn't work.But there is a chance of non-accredited programs or schools. This can cause issues at the high school level.

Independence

Homeschooled teens are often more accustomed to working in the environment where they are. You might end up doing your science class out at the park, or Math in the car on the way.This is wonderful with a motivated student, but picture your 17-year-old, deciding they have finished their education, even though they haven’t got a high school diploma.Many homeschooled children end up, later in life, needing to acquire proper paperwork. This is often due to lack of accreditation, life getting in the way, or the 18-year-old who quit school. Many will end up putting it off, having to take adult education later in life. Some just to prove that they have done school and others, to finish up.But for the all the good and bad, the number of home-schooling children are growing. It's becoming mainstream, and I can't wait to see where it goes.