When it comes to home school, it’s a lot of mixed reviews. Some people say it’s not good for the child because of the lack of psychosocial development which they can get from meeting other kids their age. It also stunts their cognitive growth as the home is a more controlled environment in comparison to the school, therefore, offering fewer opportunities to develop problem-solving skills. Others say it’s good because it helps their psychosocial development as they are protected from bullying.
But why do some people opt for home schooling?
Some people say it’s because of security. Children who come from affluent families often times are home schooled for security’s sake and also to be more involved with their children’s schoolwork (Green et. al, 2007). Another is that some children who have developmental difficulties may find themselves rejected by traditional schools and need people to mainstream them into being able to adjust into a traditional school (Hurlbutt, 2011; English, 2015). For some people, they don’t think children with homeschooling would achieve just as well as their non-homeschool counterparts. However, there is a slight case to that. The notion of them under-performing next to their non-homeschool counterparts are constantly due to the inability to reinforce the lessons. But if you have good tutors and teachers then, students will be able to match their non-homeschool counterparts.
Parents often times prefer the homeschooling for a variety of reasons and not just for the child. Sometimes, the travel cost outweighs the amount of education they get for their child. In being late also, the child would also have a bad attendance record and therefore miss out on some lessons. Others feel that the quality of teachers have suffered and that they feel they can do a better job.
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Hurlbutt, K. S. (2011). Experiences of parents who homeschool their children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(4), 239-249.
Green, C. L., & Hoover-Dempsey, K. V. (2007). Why do parents homeschool? A systematic examination of parental involvement. Education and Urban Society, 39(2), 264-285.