Making the decision between sending your child off to school and educating them at home can be very tough. And it’s certainly not a decision you should take lightly. After all, these are his or her formative years and so this is a decision that will affect his or her future. There are pros and cons involved in each of these options, let’s discuss them.
1. Consider the pros of homeschooling
- A bespoke education
In a classroom full of thirty children, your child may not get their personal needs catered to. Through home schooling, you can work on his or her personal strengths and weaknesses to make sure they have the best education they can get.
- One-on-one education
Similarly, sometimes teachers are forced to focus on problem pupils. While home schooling means that the child has the absolute focus and attention they require, with fewer distractions for both the child and tutor.
As a parent it can be more convenient to home school your child. There are no drop-offs and pick-ups to fit into your busy schedule. There’s no set routine if something comes up such as a family emergency.
2. Consider the cons of homeschooling
- It’s expensive
Unless you educate your child yourself, you’ll be racking up fees for different tutors in different subjects. Not everybody can afford to do that and if there’s a change in your income it might affect your child’s education.
- Lack of a formal process
Because the child isn’t experiencing the formal process of schooling, it’s difficult to put their grades and development into perspective. It could lead to problems with authority figures down the line and your son or daughter might not even get along with their tutors in the first instance.
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3. Consider the pros of traditional schooling
- Social interaction
Attending school is key to a child’s social development. They can form strong friendships and bonds, while developing their communication skills.
- A stimulating environment
There’s more to education than studying texts. At school, a child can develop their cultural knowledge through hobbies. They can be pushed further in academics through working together with other pupils who can encourage one another.
- They won’t let you down
Unfortunately for the kids, school is open most of the year. If a teacher is sick, they’ll just get a replacement and your child can carry on as normal; whereas if a tutor is sick they could lose out on valuable learning hours.
4. Consider the cons of traditional schooling
At school, your child must learn according to a set syllabus. They may not get to learn what you want them to learn. There’s little opportunity for freedom and pursuing their own interests and ideas as they develop them.
Above all, when it comes to choosing between home schooling and the traditional school system it depends on what you value most as a parent. If you want to give your child an education that’s unique, free and catered to them, then choose home schooling; but if you’re concerned that this will mean too little social interaction and that it will hinder the development of other skills important to their life outside of education, then choose traditional schooling.