Homeschooling Pros And Cons

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 12:54 AM

By Kidder Seven


An effective educational program which has undergone numerous debates is homeschooling. In fact, opinions are equally divided between the pros and the cons. Homeschooling, indeed, offers benefits for the child but like many things, there are also some downsides to implementing the program. It is therefore best to know the pros and cons before you get your kid into the program. The positives and negatives of homeschooling should be sifted through by the parents.

Advantages

Dynamic And Flexible Structure

One of the things that puts homeschooling in stellar position is the fact that it is highly flexible and dynamic. Unlike traditional curriculum which is fixed, the homeschooling system allows changes, in fact it encourages them.

Lessons That Are Tailor-Fit

Homeschooling programs have fluid structure which allows the lessons to be tailor-fitted to the capability of the child as well as to his/her learning style and pace. There is no pressure to keep up with the lesson of the day and students can start or finish their lessons any time of the day.

Practicality

Homeschooling is an unstructured educational program, which allows for more freedom in terms of learning activities. To better teach the subject, parents can decide on what to do. More time to visit museums, zoos, and other unstructured learning exercises would be the result.

Cons

The Lack Of Social Interaction

With homeschooling, a downside would be lacking a social component that teaches interaction with other people. This is needed during the stage when the development of a child's social and communication skills is just starting. Organizing social activities for their children is one way to supplement the absence of this component.

Time Factor

Even though time is not really a factor in homeschooling since it lacks structure, this can only be applied to children. For parents it will be time consuming because it means leaving work to teach their kids full time. Remember that you have to be with your homeschooling child all through out his or her lesson. In addition, a lot of time need to be given to correcting worksheets and making visuals.

Money Problems

Despite homeschooling not requiring any tuition fee, there will still be financial problems when one parent leaves work to teach their child. Homeschooling can take a lot of time. For the family, sacrificing one source of income is hard.




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