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Five Advantages and Disadvantages to Homeschooling

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When thinking about the putting your children through home school versus public or private school, you really should make sure that you understand all of the criteria involved in at home education.

There is a special set of rules that a parent, guardian, or tutor must abide by when home schooling children, so if you decide that home schooling is the best option for your children, you need to do a little research in finding out what criteria you and your child must meet.

There are actually a number of reasons as to why parents opt to home school their children. They include

  • Religious reasons.
  • Family reasons.
  • Poor learning environment at the school.
  • Object the lessons of public school.
  • The child has a disability or is special needs.
  • Transportation issues.
  • Public or private school did not challenge the child.
  • The child could not get into the desired private school.
  • The parents career.

When it comes to making the decision to home schooling your children, you really need to weigh both the pros and the cons.

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5 Advantages to Home Schooling

  1. Personalized Schedule. Many parents feel that their kids work better at different times of the day than what a public or private school allows for. So, home schooling allows parents and children to work out a schedule that will best work for the child. Some children work best and learn best in the morning, noon, or evening, so being able to set the learning schedule up in a way that allows the child o succeed is definitely an advantage.
  2. Varied Learning Subjects. In public and private schools there is a set curriculum that each subject must abide by, so by home schooling you are able to control which areas of the different subjects you want to put more emphasis on. This, also, allows you to add courses into the home school curriculum that a normal, say, third grader would not get in organized classes.
  3. Flexibility in Time. You can set your child's learning curriculum around vacations, illnesses, and other surprise events. Where in a public school, children tend to be allotted so many days they can miss without both the child and the parents getting into trouble.
  4. Flexibility in Curriculum. There is, also a certain flexibility around what is taught, not just when. If you go to a public event or on home school field trip, your children may have questions about the topic at hand. Home schooling allows for a break in the normal curriculum so that you can further discuss and do activities towards the questions in a more in- depth manner.
  5. Knowing Your Kids. This is the biggest advantage of home schooling. You are able to enjoy your children and watch them grow and learn on a daily basis. Home schooling allows you to really get to know your kids on a whole different level than packing them on the bus for school in the mornings.
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5 Disadvantages to Home Schooling

  1. Not Enough Time. Because home schooling your kids is really a full time job, you just may not have enough time in the day to do what you need to get done. You have to full research topics and prepare lessons, set up projects and field trips. You will have to spend time keeping yourself organized, and on top of all that, you have to teach.
  2. No Time for Work. Because home schooling takes up a lot of time in preparation and delivery, you may run out of time for house hold duties and chores.
  3. Personal Space. When home schooling your kids, you will have to give a lot of yourself away. You will pretty much loose your personal, quiet time. So, if you opt to home school your kids, make sure to schedule in time each day for yourself.
  4. A Lot of Pressure. Because everyone has their own unique style to home schooling, you may end up finding yourself comparing your techniques with those of other parents. This can put a lot of pressure on you to up the anti, so to speak.
  5. They Just Don't Listen. Parents who do not have regular control over their kids, may feel overwhelmed with the decision to home school. In these situations, you will just run yourself ragged running after the kids, preparing lessons, cleaning the house, and maybe even running that home business. Make sure that you have control over your children's behaviors before you decide to home school.


MysticMoonlight on October 06, 2013:

I'm currently seriously considering homeschooling my children so I've been gathering information for awhile now, this Hub has been very helpful. Thanks so much for this info.

Tewania Spencer on April 02, 2012:

I do not home school but I would if I had the time. I agree that our school systems are more focused on the discipline of the kids. Teachers don't take the time to make sure that the child understands what they are teaching them. It's more of keeping up of with the schools' criteria. When a parent homeschools than the child is sure to learn.

Jo Jo on February 10, 2012:

I volunteer for an hour a week with a homeschool group. It has been a culture shock. I find the children disrespectful and unable to follow direction in large groups. They become overwhelmed if it isn't all about them and stop playing a game and pout or start crying and run to mommy. The age of the kids are 5yrs to 8yrs. I would never homeschool.

Dan on January 20, 2012:

We don't home school, but I think the alleged social benefits of a standard school are at best wildly exaggerated. If parents are not at all social, then neither will their child be and that child will get harassed at school making it an even more unpleasant experience. Chances are they'll leave school both socially awkward and lacking confidence in themselves. At least if home schooled they might come out socially awkward, but self-confident. We don't home school simply because I'm the parent better qualified to do it and I'm the primary income earner. Luckily we have our pick of schools and can choose to send our child to one that does not follow conventional teaching methods (which I found incredibly tedious as a child). Supposed social benefits of school were not even a factor.

weng on September 19, 2011:

I am NOT in favor with homeschooling, its abnormal!!

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gobangla on July 10, 2011:

I find TL's comment rather odd. I have never met any homeschooled child like that. When my daughter was in preschool, she never bothered to approach and play with other children at the playground. Since she has been homeschooled, she does it all the time.

The thing I have noticed is that few kids her age ever approach her to play. She always has to make the first move. Most are very happy when my daughter asks to play with them. I'm sure the vast majority of these kids attend public school. If these kids are so well socialized, why is my child always the one who has to initiate play?

Ichigo on June 05, 2011:

going to school is much better in my opinion.

dentfghk on May 01, 2011:

we are doing a debate and i wana wine like the time i won in giving dis advantages of media and guess what i won but this web is a 100% (percent) un helpful sorry :(


Lucus on April 14, 2011:

Thank you for starting this has been very interesting to read all the different perspectives! As a military family, it is vital for my children to be able to learn in a consistent way in a consistent environment. Moving every 3-4 years is very stressful for children and learning to find friends and adapt to new situations begins taking priority vs school work. I have found, for many military families, that homeschooling is the way to go! The frequent moves and separations are endured much easier when there is a strong family bond vs a strong peer bond. Children also have a better continuity in their education when it travels with them from place to place, instead of learning to adapt to new curriculums. I know homeschooling isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to the socialization aspect. However, if education is the main focus and is supported with frequent socialization in the community (ie. scouts, dance, church, etc.), how can you go wrong with homeschooling? On a personal note, I went to public school and feel it held me back a great deal! I learned to socialize, but that was my main focus. My school was so over crowded, it was hard to always pay attention in a class packed with students. Looking back, I wish I would have been more education centered. After entering college, some of my homeschooled peers would tutor me because they had learned the value of education long before I did. They also had no problem socializing! Some of them were far more outspoken than me and had great leadership abilities! Homeschooling can be a really great thing if the proper organization and preparation is first put into place!

Carl on March 15, 2011:

It depends on the school system that has been provided for you. Here in Canada I've never heard my children complain about school. Well sure everyone kid has their issues with their school life but I haven't heard of a problem with the material or fellow class mates that wasn't resolved. I also guess that some parents may pay too much attention to the stereotypes that are associated with public schools and all the "drama". But like I said maybe that's what it is like in the States because I have yet to hear of these kinds of problems.

TL on February 16, 2011:

I am a preschool teacher and in the summer time we run a camp. One year we would go swimming and play in a park every Wednesday. A homeschool group would meet at that park at the same time every week. Every week I saw different versions of the same scenario play out. Homeschooled kids playing next to each other and not with each other. One of my kids would run up to one of them and ask them if they wanted to play or if they could borrow a toy, and mist of the time the homeschooler would either ignore or stare at them. By the sixth of seventh week, my kids stopped bothering.

I know that it might have been just that group that was poorly socialized, but it wouldn't surprise me if more homeschooled kids were like that.

To me, school is about three things. 1.) learning basic skills like how read, multiply, divide, add and how to write 2.) learning logic skills and how to learn. 3.) Social skills and how to deal with different people/perspectives.

Where ever your kids can learn these thing is good with me

Alex on January 26, 2011:

This is a merry-go-round discussion.

Carl on January 26, 2011:

Great hub!

Though, from reading all the comments all I have to ask is, if public school is such a horrid place, and so many people seem to be inclined to do home-schooling, why does the public school system still exist?

Diana on January 11, 2011:

I highly agree that homeschooling is the best way to educate children. It is student-centered and perfect for military families, children who need more athletic training, and for kids that need more time dedicated to school work or are being held back. Many of the "disadvantages" to homeschooling such as not knowing what to teach your child, not being educated enough to homeschool, not being able to afford the school supplies, and simply too much pressure on the parent are easily resolved with virtual academies such as k12. K12 provides many programs that support struggling families and assigns a real teacher that can be e-mailed or called in case of any questions. K12 also supplies you with a years worth of school work, everything from textbooks to paint and to microscopes! K12 also takes into account social skills(which frankly I couldn't care less about considering that one goes to school to learn not to chat and make friends). They have fun little clubs and lots of outings! But most importantly, K12 provide wonderful lesson that never fail to challenge and interest all student! Most public schools focus mainly on math, spelling, reading, and sometimes grammar and often don't teach it well. They simply haven,t got the time to teach other important subjects such as science, history, and art. I have obtained great results from homeschooling with K12 and encourage all who are considering to give it a go!

Thank You!!!

P.S. I would also like to thank Whitney for the hub and comment on how Alex is willingly giving his children a bad education.:)

cj on January 06, 2011:

I keep hearing about the homeschool downside of lack of socialization. Do these advocates for socialization mean the catty cliques and brutish behavior all too often seen in the school system? I hardly think subjecting a child to some of the loutish children in the schools presents a strong defense. I challenge anyone advocating for "socialization" to perhaps read Judy Blume's "Blubber." While a work of fiction, it is a pretty accurate portrayal. Yes, there are good kids, who likely/hopefully outnumber the vindictive ones. However, that's little solace if your kid happens to be the object of attention of the bullies or not in the uberpopular clique. The school environment can be an incredibly miserable experience if you're not into conformity or are considered a pariah among your peers. I'm not saying that public/parochial schools aren't without their advantages, but socialization is only marginally one of those benefits.

Learn to deal with others? Come on. The foremost goal of the classroom is instruction, not enduring intimidation and ridicule from the self-styled popular kids. School is part of life? I don't buy that argument either. The formal, organized school system as we know it is not that old of an institution and I think people throughout history have been quite able to learn to deal with others and gain assertiveness depite not having a formal classroom.

For what it's worth, I was a high school teacher and tutor, through the school, for homebound students before taking on the role of stay at home father and I'll offer this benefit of homeschooling. In the capacity of homebound one-on-one instruction, the amount accomplished in one hour was staggering compared to what could be done when 30 students divide your attention. Yes, learning does/can occur in the classroom but the efficiency and productivity in the home, working individually with the student, far exceeded what could have occurred in the classroom. That one student is getting the benefit of custom tailored, individual, instruction.

JC on January 04, 2011: