Exploring Education – Navigating The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling

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Although Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of many people, it catalysed a transformation in the education leading many families to choose homeschooling instead of traditional schooling. The need of home schooling is also increasing day by day even after the lockdown as the parents want more control and flexibility in how their kids think, learn, approach and adapt to the skills.

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In This Article:

What Actually A Homeschooling Is?

Before knowing about what is actually homeschooling, let me ask you something, are u really in the process of learning or going in a way through blind folding? The reason for this question is that many people don’t know the actual meaning of learning. They think scoring 99% is from what they have learnt. But the fact is that they neither learnt nor gained any meaningful experience. I am sorry if my words hurt you. But give it a thought, do you really think we need to learn these things… YES. But it has to be through the process of joy, eventually, learning starts in the process. Know the presence of things – what is it, give it a thought – why it is? How it is? Where is it?, experiment with it – compare it, contrast it, be innovative , and finally experience it – you never get a feeling of failure instead u feel like yes I got to know this better. This is how a learning process has to be. Have you ever used your own creativity in any kind during your schooling process? Mostly end up with “NO”. Let’s come to the point of what homeschooling is?

Homeschooling simply means providing an environment which is simple and free, giving time and a comfortable place in making their kids learn and understand the things through their real time experiences. Homeschooling is first introduced in America by JOHN HOLT in his book – Teach your own. He stated that “a child is his own teacher, let him know by himself”. His another book titled – how children fail : told when a child fails in the exam he is not the actual person to be blamed, instead it is the failure of teachers who taught him. 

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germination of a tomato seed – biology, knowing the increase of onion price in a market- economics. cockroach in a kitchen – first experiment in zoology, nature – a laboratory. each and every experience under the roof of home is a learning process

Demand For Homeschooling

Recently the graph of students coming from homeschooling is steadily increasing and their employment is also on the same level. OH REALLY!!! Give it a break but how could it be.. in Home schooling you dont write exams, you don’t pass or fail, you don’t get certifications, you don’t have the potential, infact with no employment how can you say this?? If these questions arise in your mind – my answer is YES, absolutely.. in developed nations like USA, UK, FRANCE nearly 20 lakhs children started their homeschooling leaving their regular schooling. In India like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, parents started campaigns in making the others understand this theory in a better way and even started implementing . 

Here are some examples of children who has come out with no degree and but had placement in high rated companies –

  • Abigail Adams w/0 President John Adam and the mother of President John Quincy Adams, received her education at home from her mother and other family members. She became known for her intelligence, wit and advocacy for women’s rights and education.

Google, amazon, apple and other companies as well mentioned that even with no certifications or degree in your hand placements are open.

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Pros Of Homeschooling 

Personalized Learning

Homeschooling lets parents teach their kids in a way that fits them the best. They can teach according to the kids’ capability in understanding. If they wanted to become A.R Rahman they learn writing and singing, if they wanted to become a gardener they spend time in the garden with no time boundaries. 

NO FIRST, NO LAST

In homeschooling first and last tags are absent instead giving space for creativity. Infact neither comparisons nor partiality is shown.in this way society can train the future in more harmonised environments

Flexibility

Homeschooling comes with flexibility as families can make their time to spend or make their children learn in their convenient timings. They can learn whenever they want, where ever they prefer, whatever they like and however they be

Solid Family Ties

Homeschooling brings families closer, spending time brings satisfaction and develops good understanding. Bonding between the children and the people surrounding them understand the thing better

Safe Learning

Homeschooling keeps kids away from side stream problems that they may face in regular schooling like bullies, distractions and inconvenience, insecurities, partialities, discriminations etc

More Attention

Homeschooling is usually through their parents or grand-parents and mostly self-learnt. This helps in learning past and contemporary world in better way

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More Choices in Their Hands

Through homeschooling, they can prefer anything they want to do. Trekking, gardening, sports, making toys, writing comics, travelling , food vlogs etc

Cons Of Homeschooling – Other Side of Views

Concern in Socialization

Peers often have a similar level of understanding and perspectives which can make it easier for them in learning. Homeschooling might step back from this interaction of learning. If this is a concern, homeschooling is not that leaving children alone but putting them in a surroundings where they can use their creative skills 

Parental Stress

Homeschooling demands a commitment from parents in order to make their children educate, they need to balance work life, household chores with them. 

Lack of Professionalism

Parents or the tutors who do homeschooling should be capable of making the children learn in innovative ways with respect to current societies. They should think in the way of how kids understand better 

In conclusion, home schooling is an organic way of life. It offers families a unique opportunity to tailor their children’s education to their individual needs and preferences. While it provides flexibility, personalized learning, and stronger family bonds, it also brings challenges such as socialization concerns, resource limitations, and parental burnout. Therefore, the decision to homeschool should be made thoughtfully, taking into account the child’s needs, the parents’ capabilities, and the availability of resources and support systems. With careful planning, dedication, and ongoing support, homeschooling can offer a fulfilling and enriching educational experience for families willing to embark on this journey.

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