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Pros and cons of homeschooling for students


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Pros and cons of homeschooling for students


Harsh school days, strict teachers, friends-classmates ─ is it possible to do without these attributes of childhood? Several years ago, it seemed that there was no alternative: school education is compulsory, and few managed to get out of attending classes.

Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Moreover, it is chosen not only by the parents of children with disabilities, but also by ordinary mothers and fathers, who have not had the most pleasant feelings associated with the traditional education system since childhood.

The need for home schooling is due to several factors - the lifestyle of the parents and the characteristics of the child. Severely ill children and children with developmental features such as ADHD or autism need individual lessons. For this form of study, an adult is needed who can devote time to classes with a child, contact an educational institution and control independent lessons. Let's try to figure out what the pros and cons of homeschooling and how effective it is.

Pros of homeschooling

Homeschooling allows you to give your child more opportunities for modern learning than at school, thanks to the use of certain technical equipment. The advantages of homeschooling are:

  • the ability to adjust the schedule to the natural biological clock
  • the likelihood of pressure from teachers and other students is eliminated
  • no need to adjust to the internal school rules
  • the ability to choose items at the request of the child
  • reduced risk of injury
  • extraneous influence is excluded (negative in the first place).

Homeschooling helps maintain close contact between parents and children, as outside influences are minimized. It can take less than 10 years to master the school curriculum. A child can study when it is convenient for him, and in addition to basic subjects, he can additionally study rare languages, art, architecture.

Cons of homeschooling

Home education is not suitable for sociable, active extroverts, as well as inactive, lazy and incapable of self-discipline children. The disadvantages of this option are the following facts:

  • the child is socially isolated, social skills are not developed
  • parents need to constantly monitor the learning process
  • lack of strict discipline
  • all areas of knowledge are not available to parents
  • the child can become infantile, which can result in a late start of an independent life
  • the child becomes a "black sheep" in society.

With a home form of education, the child does not receive proper socialization and experience of interaction with the team. On the part of parents, constant and strict control over the learning process is required in order to achieve the desired result.

Choosing homeschooling for a child is a big step. This decision should by no means be spontaneous and hasty.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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