These days, homeschooling is an increasingly popular trend. Just about a decade ago, it was considered an innovative, uncommon practice, but these days, it's becoming increasingly common in some countries. For example, as of 2017, about 2.5 million kids in the United States have been homeschooled. The number of families deciding to teach their children at home is growing by about 3% to 8% every year. So it's safe to assume that the number of homeschoolers will keep on increasing in the future, especially since many people are beginning to realize the perks of this approach to education.
However, like any other new trend, homeschooling also has met a lot of resistance. Many people criticize it and think that it makes children asocial, lazy, and unprepared for real life. But many of these preconceived notions are incorrect. These critics often misunderstand homeschooling. They don't realize that if parents structure their child's education system wisely, this approach can make a child much more confident, open-minded, and self-disciplined than traditional school education does.
Curious about the reality of homeschooling and how it really affects children? Then let us look into the most common myths about teaching kids at home and debunk them!
20 The Child Will Lack Socialization
This is the most widespread myth about homeschooling. Most people who hear about this new trend for the first time believe that if a child is educated at home, they won't learn to properly communicate with other kids like all schoolchildren do. They won't learn how to make friends and won't know how to socialize with their peers, because they will only talk to their parents and siblings.
However, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Many homeschooling parents take steps toward preventing this issue. They enroll their kid into numerous extracurricular activities, clubs, and other settings, where they'll communicate not only with their peers (like they would in a classroom), but also with kids of various ages.
Socialization isn't only about spending time in a classroom. It's about interacting with other people, and it can happen anywhere.
19 Homeschooling Doesn't Prepare Children For Life
Most skeptics of homeschooling think that homeschooled kids won't be prepared for the challenges of real life. They'll constantly be under their parents' care meaning they won't experience the harsher realities of life. And when they grow up, they'll be blown away by all the bad things of this world.
In fact, homeschoolers can turn out to be even more ready for real life than their peers, who go to schools. They have more time to interact with their parents and help them around the house. Parents can take them shopping, banking, and doing other ordinary things, depending on their age. It's also a great idea to encourage a homeschooler to volunteer for some charity. Besides, parents can teach their kids to solve conflicts and make them more confident than a schoolkid can ever become.
18 Homeschooling Makes Kids Lazy
Since homeschoolers don't have to go to school every morning, most people assume that they just sleep or play all day long. They don't learn how to be disciplined and because of that, they will grow into becoming lazy adults.
Perhaps no assumption is as wrong as this one. In fact, homeschoolers spend less time sitting at home than most school kids do. They're constantly involved into something from sports activities to book clubs. After they're done studying for the day, they are free to do anything they want, and they usually want to do a lot of things!
So being able to study at home and spend all day in their pajamas isn't the main goal for homeschoolers. It's more like a bonus.
17 Parents Aren't Qualified Enough To Teach
Since not all parents are qualified teachers, many people think that they can't teach their kids as well as school instructors do.
Well, even though this assumption seems more reasonable than others, who can actually say that all teachers who work in schools are qualified enough? Some of them don't know as much as they need to know to teach kids, while others can be frustrated with their job and even start disliking the kids they're teaching. We don't live in a perfect world, and we all know that it happens at times!
In fact, parents can be much better teachers for their kids. Why? Because parents actually love their kids and want them to become accomplished individuals. Besides, parents can ask the school district to provide them with a curriculum and everything they need to teach their child on their own.
16 Only Parents Teach Homeschoolers
Debunking this myth, we'll continue discussing the previous one. Even if parents don't feel qualified to teach their kids at home, they don't really have to do it. They can hire professional teachers, who will come and teach their kids at home
Why is it better than allowing usual school instructors to teach their kids? Because it's impossible to choose all the teachers at school, while it's not that hard to make sure that each and every personal tutor is good. Parents will have an interview with all teachers they hire and see that their kids feel comfortable with them.
Besides, it's possible to take classes online. This way, the child will get their education from professional teachers, and none of them will have to leave their home.
15 Colleges And Universities Won't Accept Homeschoolers
Since a lot of people think that homeschoolers don't get "real" education, they assume that colleges and universities won't accept them.
Perhaps, some time ago, when homeschooling wasn't as common as it is today, it was true, but now it's not. In fact, statistics show that homeschoolers are more likely to enroll into college than schoolchildren. It happens because colleges understand that homeschooled students can be more self-disciplined and self-motivated (hey, they were at home and studied of their own accord, so they're going to study at college, as well!).
It's also interesting that homeschoolers do better at college and score 15-30 percent higher at standardized tests than their traditionally schooled peers.
14 Homeschoolers Are Weird
There's a common assumption that homeschooling is chosen by the parents who are eccentric and weird. Therefore, it's also assumed that their kids are also eccentric and weird.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Homeschoolers are just like all other kids. Some of them are shy introverts, while others are outgoing extroverts. Of course, some of them can be different, but why should it make them eccentric?
Besides, if parents want their kids to be educated in a non-traditional way, it doesn't make them weird either. We should stop thinking that the words "different" and "strange" are synonymous because there's no way they are.
13 Homeschoolers Are Spoiled
People think that homeschoolers are spoiled because they assume that these kids are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want since they study at home.
Well, in fact, they really can do whatever they want whenever they want, because they're free to choose the classes they're taking. However, it doesn't make them spoiled. If their parents know how to raise a child, they will raise them into a confident and self-motivated individual who knows what they want from life.
On the other hand, if parents don't really know how to bring up their children, even conventional schools won't solve anything. I mean, are there no spoiled kids at schools? C'mon!
12 Homeschoolers Are Brilliant
There's an opposing view that's common for those who think that homeschooling is a kind of remedy to everything in a kid's life.
In fact, not all homeschooled children are brilliant, even though statistics say that they're more likely to get enrolled into college than school kids. It all depends on the parents and on the way they bring up their child. If they're doing it the right way, then their child will be smart, confident, and educated. But if they don't really know what they're doing and just follow the popular trend, then nothing good is likely to come out.
Therefore, parents who want to homeschool their kids need to know how they're going to do it to help their children succeed.
11 Parents Of Homeschoolers Are Too Controlling
Many people think that if parents want their children to study at home, it means that they just want to control every part of their kid's life. These parents don't give their kids any freedom to make their own choices and don't allow them to find new friends outside of home.
However, this is a gross exaggeration. Yes, parents of homeschoolers want to control the education their children are getting, but it's more of a good thing. Besides, parents usually allow their kids to choose their extracurricular activities, go out, and make new friends, which means that they don't want to control every choice they make.
10 All Kids Are Homeschooled For Religious Purposes
If parents don't want their kids to study at school, it means that they want them to only communicate with certain people. And it means that they must worry that others may influence their child's worldview, including their religious views. At least, it's what some people think when they think of homeschooling.
Like most other assumptions, this one is wrong as well. Homeschooling has nothing (or little) to do with religion. Many parents choose homeschooling because they want to choose specific learning methods for their kids, not because they want them to think in a certain way.
Of course, there are faith-based homeschools, but it doesn't mean that all home schools are faith-based.
9 Homeschoolers Won't Get To Do Any Activities
Just like the people who think that homeschoolers don't have friends outside of their homes, there are also individuals who think that they're not involved in any activities, like sports or partying.
As we've already mentioned, homeschoolers don't just sit around all day long. They can be involved in tons of activities. They are free to join a sports team, a drama class, or any other kind of activity, just like all schoolchildren. Besides, many parents actually encourage them to do so, because they want their kids to socialize, and make new friends. It'll make them grow into accomplished individuals, and what parent doesn't want that?
8 Homeschooling Is Too Expensive
It's commonly assumed that hiring private tutors is way too expensive, so only wealthy families can afford to homeschool their kids.
Those who think so should compare all the money they spend on traditional education. We're not only talking about tuition. It's also about all other things that require parents to pay - everything including gas used to drive kids to and from school, unnecessary school supplies, and an even more unnecessary school uniform. A homeschooled child doesn't need these things.
Besides, online classes are usually much cheaper than conventional ones, so homeschooling can save parents a lot of money!
7 It Is Illegal To Homeschool A Child
A lot of parents refuse the idea of homeschooling their kid because they think that authorities won't let them do it, and they're going to have problems. However, it's not always true.
Yes, in some countries homeschooling a child can be illegal. But, since this type of education is becoming more common, it's becoming legal in more areas. Therefore, a parent shouldn't just assume that they can't teach their child at home. It's necessary to learn everything about the current education laws in the area they live in and see if homeschooling is legal there or not. We have to say that, most likely, it is!
6 Homeschooling Can't Give A Child The Necessary Knowledge Base
Traditional schools offer a great variety of subjects that all children have to study. Homeschooling can't give all of the same subjects to kids, therefore, many people think that homeschoolers miss out on a lot of things and don't learn everything they need.
Most parents of homeschoolers strive to prepare their children for the future. For this reason, they make sure that their kids learn everything they're going to need in college or at a future job. Besides, homeschooling is much more personalized than traditional classroom education. This means that a child can study the subjects that are actually interesting to them and find their calling, instead of struggling to understand subjects they don't like and won't ever need.
5 Homeschoolers Don't Even Have Homework
If a child studies at home, then what's the point of homework? They're doing all their work at home, right?
Well, yeah, they do, but it doesn't mean that they don't have to do some of it personally. I mean, what's the real point of homework? It's not giving a child something to do at home (like they don't have anything else to do). It's encouraging them to do something independently. And, of course, homeschoolers get to do it, as well. After their online classes or lessons with personal tutors, they work on their individual assignments. Doing them, they apply what they learned in practice, like school kids do when they're doing their homework.
4 Homeschooling Is Too Stressful
Homeschooling is a huge responsibility. For this reason, many people think that teaching children at home will stress parents out.
Of course, homeschooling does require a huge degree of commitment on behalf of the parents. It also takes a lot of their time and effort. It's way more than it's required if a child attended a traditional school. However, it doesn't make homeschooling impossible.
Homeschooling is much more flexible. It allows children to switch subjects and take breaks when it's necessary for their wellbeing. No one has to wait for the alarm to go off. And for this reason, the level of stress can be reduced significantly. The parent and the child just need to learn to work together, and everything will go smoothly.
3 Homeschooling Takes Too Much Time
Those who think that homeschooling is time-consuming should think about how much time it takes for a child to graduate from a traditional school. The exact amount of time depends on a country, but on average, it's at least ten years. Does a child really need that much time to study everything they need to get ready for their adult life?
In fact, they don't need to waste all these years. If a child studies at home, their parents and tutors can create an individual program for them that will include only the areas that are actually interesting to the student, which will make the study process much quicker.
I mean, if a child wants to be a biologist, why do they need so much time to study history? A basic course would be enough, right?
2 Homeschooling Can Protect Children From The World
Some parents opt for homeschooling because they think that this way, they can protect their child from all the bad things in this world. However, this is not true.
Homeschooling the child doesn't mean sheltering them. Since the child will take part in extracurricular activities and communicate with other people, they will still have conflicts and arguments with some of these people. There will still be disappointments and tears in their lives.
There's no way to protect a child from all the negativity of this world. But is it really a bad thing? In fact, it's good. Overcoming personal challenges will help the child grow, so there's no need to be afraid of them.
1 Homeschoolers Will Want To Homeschool Their Kids, Too
Even though it's likely that when homeschoolers grow up and have families, they will also want to teach their kids at home. After all, they've been through this experience and they aren't afraid of it. However, none of us know what decision they will make in terms of their future child's education.
They might want to homeschool them, or they also might want to give a chance to conventional education. They're going to have to make this decision based on where they'll live, the quality of public education provided there, and on their child's personal needs.
Therefore, even if there are more and more homeschooled kids today, it doesn't mean that traditional schools are going to disappear in the future.
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