The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
Updated: Jun 27
Ever wonder why the trend of homeschooling is on the rise?
According to a report published in NHERI” there were about 3.7 million homeschooling students in 2020-2021 in grades K-12 in the United States roughly 6% to 7% of school-age children).
There were about 2.5 million homeschool students in spring 2019 (or 3% to 4% of school-age children.)
The homeschooling population had been growing at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past several years, but it grew dramatically from 2019- 2020 to 2020-2021”
But first what homeschooling really is?
Homeschooling or in other words home education is a schooling for school going students by parents, personalized tutors or online learning usually at home or another place apart from school itself.
Did you know Homeschooling skyrocketed during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
Yes, around 90% of the schools were shut down during the widespread lockdown across the world and so students were forced to learn at home. But isn’t it a positive thing to see in this sense that at least education and learning was not halted due to schools being closed and children were still able to gain knowledge.
Lets see some Pros of Homeschooling your kid.
Peer pressure, bullying, unhealthy competition, etc, are all part of school life. In the school environment, children tend to develop inferiority complexes for many reasons, maybe if they are studying among kids who belong to a different status quo or social class, or if your kid is weak in some areas like studies or extra-curricular activities.
Therefore, homeschooling is much better as your child has the freedom and space to breathe the way they desire. They are not obligated by their peers to do anything under their pressure.
Homeschooling has an advantage over traditional learning in this regard that home-based learning allows the child to learn and experience at its own pace and capability. In areas where your child is excelling can be eliminated for a while and areas where your child is weak can be focused more.
In this day and age, negative associations like getting engaged in substance use and abuse, harassment, violence, and psychological abuse are very common among teenagers. To safeguard one’s child, many parents prefer to homeschool their younger ones so that they can provide them with a much happier, calmer, and more stable emotional environment.
As time passes fast, one does not get time to spend with their loved ones. Homeschooling has given the advantage that parents and kids can spend quality time and can make memories.
Homeschooled children can accomplish more in a short time compared to kids studying in school, as for them the same thing can take up to a week to get completed.
With more personal care and grooming, a home-schooled child tends to pick up more easily than at school.
Therefore, it has been noted that the quality of education is better in homeschooling than at traditional schools.
However there are some drawbacks related to at home learning.
Children who are taught at home tend to be low in confidence when exposed to large crowds as they are not used to a crowded environment. This can affect their mental health.
No Social Life:
That's true, a child who has not seen a school life struggle making friends. A healthy social environment is a vital part of life. Also no social life can increase a sense of isolation within your child.
However, it all comes down to that in today's time the benefits of home learning are greater than the drawbacks. Low confidence can be boosted up by encouraging your child to take part in community events and extra curricular activities where they can also socialize themselves.
Homeschooling Advantage For Educators:
Online learning has given a huge benefit to teachers allowing them to give maximum learning curve and style to individual students. Also teachers and students together can learn at their own desirable pace and timings.
In today's day and age teachers or educators have the opportunity to teach through advanced technology, which gives them the advantage of connecting the learning process with the real world examples.
Easy Access To Training:
Teachers are passionate about teaching but those educators who are teaching online have the constant need to up their game by discovery new methods and information for kids who are getting home-schooled
Since online learning is mostly a one-on-one process, teachers can easily design new courses or tailor existing learning plans according to the needs and wants of the student.
According to a report published in thinkimpact.com , as of February 2020, a total of at least 9 million Americans have gone through homeschooling at least once.
In the same report it is claimed that until 2019, the number of homeschooled students has grown by 2 to 8 percent.
Also from 2019 to the fall of 2020, the percentage of the homeschooled students changed from 3.4% to 9%.
The number of households with school-aged children practicing homeschooling doubled between the Spring and Fall of 2020, according to the Census Bureau.
The states of Massachusetts and New York both saw seven-fold increases in homeschooling, while Florida showed a near tripling, and Texas, a near doubling.
On the other hand, the state of California, where homeschooling was already relatively common, saw no increase.
But the question arises for what the future holds for homeschooling?
According to Education Next, the experts see no solid convincing evidence that homeschooling is preferable or not by parents in comparison to sending their child to public or private schools.
So the success of homeschooling solely depends on the child and parents' interest and efforts. If both parties are willing to put their 100% then in my opinion homeschooling can be a good option for the future.
Therefore, there are a lot of smart platforms out there who have realized that online learning/ homeschooling/ e-learning is a very significant part of the future success of the educational sector.
Online platforms such as UpBrainery Technology have taken the initiative to introduce e-learning in a fun-loving way.
UpBrainery has a lot of super exciting and fully engaging online courses and lessons. All the courses are tailored according to the current and future highly demanded skills in the market.
Lessons vary from engineering to design thinking, algorithm to programming, coding and IT through advanced software like java and python, culinary science and arts and crafts, etc.
All of these courses and much more are taught through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and other forms of immersive learning models.
Also we offer one-on-one sessions to increase and maintain the engagement level and teacher-student learning relationship.
In the end what matters is that if your child is getting a no compromise and world class education through homeschooling then that is the best option out there for not only students but for teachers and parents as well.
For more information, visit our homeschooling hub