Pros and Cons of Home Schooling
By Diane Crawford
Home schooling is a popular way to educate children all around the
globe for a variety of reasons. Main pros and cons of home schooling
Private for Less Money - A home school education is like enjoying
private education without the cost. Students get more one-on-one
help, targeted lessons and advanced learning opportunities as their
teachers do not have to teach to all levels, often covering
lower-learning levels that bore more average and advanced learners.
Improved Targeted Subjects - lessons in the home school environment
are also to be customized much more easily than those in public and
private school. Results include much higher levels of education with
targeted useful knowledge to help students after graduation.
Higher Grades - Home schooled students are known to average much
higher grades than their peers in public and private schools. Many
get accepted to top colleges and universities on scholarships.
Boredom Busters - Home schooling allows students to move ahead to
Level of Learning - Too many people think that those children who
are home schooled will not receive appropriate levels of education
compared to students learning in public and private schools. On the
contrary, parents of home scholars work with their local boards of
education, principals and / or other educational consultants to
ensure they are meeting the requirements set forth.
Socialization - Another negative viewpoint is that those students
who are studying at home do not get to mingle enough with their peer
groups and other instructors, administration and school personnel
and teachers. And that's just hogwash. Students at home meet with
others in home school groups to tour all types of local and far away
places that coordinate with their study plans. And equally if not
more important, home school students are introduced to real life
people throughout their days: bankers, grocers, and other
professionals introduced through their program studies and real life
as they go around on errands with parents.
Lack of Routine / Regimented Days - Some view a lack of disciplined
hours Monday through Friday with home schooled students as negative.
However, many home school parents establish routines at home, too.
Children are not left haphazardly running around the streets
Lack of Real World Environment & Prep- And still others believe that
home schooled children will lack environmental and other preparation
for real life that public and private school supposedly teach their
students. Again, more hogwash. Home schooled children learn science,
technology, music, gym, any and all subjects - only more thoroughly,
because they are focusing on what they are learning, not being bored
with subjects taught over and over to help slower paced learners so
that everyone is up to speed.
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