Pros And Cons Of Home Schooling

Pros and cons of home schooling; is home schooling the best program for you? Learn more here.

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein all have one thing in common, their parents all home schooled them.

What about our children? Would home schooling make our children advance to the same level as these great men in history? Is home schooling really for us and for our children?

Mostly parents will choose home schooling because of educational reasons rather than ideological reasons. They are fed up with overcrowded classrooms where their children do not receive the one on one attention that they need, some schools have low academic abilities, and some schools show a lack of concern for their children's personal safety.

Reasons such as this have encouraged many parents to home school their children themselves.

Parents who advocate home schooling say that their children do learn more effectively at home because they are able to learn practical life experiences, such as in Mathematics they can be taught things such as planning a budget, home shopping and balancing checkbooks. These lessons can help them to learn the importance of money management etc.

How effective has home schooling really proven to be? Some studies have shown that most children who home school have an I.Q, which is above the national average of their country.



However home schooling does also have its critics. Many school officials show concern over the lack of quality education that some parents give to their children. For this reason a lot of schools in some districts are not cooperative with parents who decide to home school their children. While some schools do cooperate with parents who home school, many remain skeptical, they fear that parents may not be capable of providing adequate home schooling for their children.

Another concern of educational professionals is that they feel that parents do not have the needed qualifications to teach their children at home. However, Home schooling advocates will tell you that as parents you don't need any formal qualifications to teach your child at home. All parents need to do is to know how to direct their child to the right resource channels, i.e. research books found in your local public library.

Parents and children could have the opportunity to both learn together. And if a subject is out of the parent's league, then professional tutors can be hired to reach our children that subject.

Another concern to take into consideration is the importance of not isolating our children from others. They need to have regular association with their own peers. In many lands home scholars often set up support groups, where the children can get together on a regular basis to perform plays, etc., and this can provide them with the much needed association together.

Another concern to take into consideration is the expense of Home schooling. Yes it can be very expensive; things such as textbooks, etc., don't come cheap now. So if you choose to home school your child then this could very well work out for their benefit. However, like anything, serious consideration and careful planing need to take place first. Then your child might just turn out to be our next Thomas Edison.

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