Homeschooling

Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a westernized alternative to the public or private sector systems of education. This alternative involves guardians or, in some instances tutors, educating children from home. This enables parents or guardians to oversee their childrens’ education. There are three commonly found, documented reasons parents choose homeschooling over other forms of education. A dissatisfaction with the quality of schooling, religious or moral beliefs and concern with the school environment. Whatever the reason, homeschooling is a viable alternative, and when done correctly, can provide a well-balanced and valuable education.

Approaches

Homeschooling3Considering the individualistic nature of homeschooling, there are many different methods. We will examine the most common. The first is a Unit-Study approach where multiple subjects are taught in relation to a singular topic. Unit studies are useful for teaching multiple age groups as the difficulty level can be easily adjusted to suit the appopriate grade level. The All-In-One Curricula approach is similar to the public school system. Parents or tutors can purchase packages based on grade-level or by subject through publishing companies or even through accredited distance education providers. If parents or tutors follow certain guidelines through accredited schools, children can even be eligible for an official highschool transcript. Natural Learning is a type of schooling where children pursue subjects based on their own interests. Parents or tutors can have an active role in monitoring and encouraging however, they do not teach. Rather, they provide incentives for learning moments during daily activity. Finally, there is autonomous learning. This type of education sees students responsible for their own education. Students decide what subjects they would like to learn, instead of having a structured setting. This form of education is most commonly found in addition to another type of schooling.

Benefits

There are a variety of motivators in favor of homeschooling. The majority of homeschoolers favor education at home due to religious regions. Public or private sectors may not offer the religious education some parents need for their kids. Other reasons for homeschooling parents offer are: a dissatisfaction with the level of instruction at schools and for a dissatisfaction with the school environment. Parents who choose to homeschool are looking for a hands-on and rewarding experience with their children. They choose to have a closer handling of their childrens education with a personal role in teaching. Other cited reasons for homeschooling are: medical reasons, distance (commute to schools), financial reasons and travelling military families.

Criticism

Homeschooling2There are some critics of homeschooling. Reasons against homeschooling include the absence of any standardized testing. Critics feel there is no way of ensuring students are getting a proper education. Another big critique of homeschooling, is a lack of socialization with peers. Socialization still exists amongst religious groups, but critics argue a lack of socialization with peers of different backgrounds is unhealthy and can promote radical religious behavior, as well as the potential for parallel societies that do not meet the standards of society and civilization. Homeschooling may promote a disengagement with community and promote a one-sided view towards other ethnicities.

Key Points

There are reasons for and against for homeschooling. It really is dependent on the individual situation. Outstanding circumstances will prove a need for homeschooling and the information and options available to parents looking to homeschool are only improving, making it possible to gain a valuable education through a homeschooling situation. Whatever the reasons, the most important point is that children are receiving a proper education. If government or school system need to play a larger role in ensuring proper levels of education, then that might be a next step in improving the homeschool format but it is dependent on the situation.