Homeschooling a child: pros and cons

Homeschooling a child: pros and cons

Previously, distance learning including was considered the prerogative of those children who were not able to attend school for health reasons. But lately, there has been a tendency for parents to prefer this particular education option for their children, even if everything is fine with them. Why is homeschooling so attractive?

Positive aspects of correspondence secondary education:

1. Free schedule. The desire of many people to work “without alarm clocks, bosses and Mondays” often appears precisely because of this approach to learning. However, for this it is necessary to have such a quality as self-organization. If parents have enough of it, then they plan the time of study with the child so that everyone is comfortable and comfortable. It may not necessarily be the first half of the day, as in a traditional school. The main thing is that learning brings pleasure to the child, and not a feeling of torture and coercion.
2. Individual approach to the child. Since at school all students are equal among themselves, this is suitable for children with a pronounced temperament. For example, they are too active or vice versa, very slow and thoughtful. At home, no one will adjust them to general standards, and there will also be no comments about their abilities and behavior.
3. Emphasis on those subjects that are of interest to the student, and not general knowledge of each of them. This is a typical Western version of education, when children learn what will be useful to them in their future profession. Sometimes a child has very obvious inclinations towards mathematics or foreign languages, but he is completely unfamiliar, for example, in chemistry or literature. Distance education and allows the student to develop his personal abilities without being distracted by subjects less interesting to him.
4. Creative development of the child. Unfortunately, in schools, many teachers have their own view of the subject taught, thus setting up students. With distance education, this is impossible: the child himself assimilates the material and understands it from his own position, and also receives scope for active self-development.

5. No conflict with teachers. For home schooling, a tutor is often hired, who is chosen by the parents according to their own views and worldview. This ensures that adults are satisfied with the child’s collaborative approach to learning, which is often not the case in a school where conflicts of interest regularly arise.

The main negative point of home schooling is the lack of communication with peers. The child grows up in a warm family environment, fenced off from the whole world. Consequently, he does not know how to communicate, does not know how to behave in a team, his communication skills are essentially zero. As a result, parents bring up a person who will have problems finding a job in the future, he will not be able to defend his opinion in conflict situations, and will not be able to build friendships or family relationships. Of course, if a child is very reserved and uncommunicative by nature, then homeschooling is a good way out, because in the future such people become freelancers. But still, not everyone is able to spend most of their lives within four walls. All these nuances must be taken into account when choosing a methodology for obtaining secondary education.