Benefits of Homeschooling
Homeschooling can be a very controversial issue. When deciding whether it is a good choice, sometime there is no black or white answer, but a grey area that makes it difficult for some parents to decide if it’s the best decision. According to Shaw, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year (Shaw, “The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling”). In this paper, the benefits of homeschooling, such as the freedom, relationships and over all well-being, will all be discussed.
Homeschooling provides four types of freedom; educational, physical, emotional and religious (Shaw). Not all children learn at the same pace, so the educational freedom of learning at their own pace can help a student really focus on the areas he or she struggles in. Family time is important and with a flexible school schedule due to homeschooling, families are able to have the physical freedom of taking vacations on their own time and not when school is out. Peer pressure is tough and with social media growing so rapidly, children face both physical and cyber bullying. Homeschooling helps children receive the education they need without the distractions of peer pressure, boredom, competition or bullies. “Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to ‘fit in’” (Shaw). In today’s society, especially public schools, religion is not a part of the curriculum. Homeschooling provides the chance for parents to incorporate their religion into the daily lessons. This also ties in with emotional freedom because it allows the student to study and participate in their faith without the fear of being teased.
All families stay pretty busy, but homeschooling allows families to have closer relationships. According to the Sonligh Curriculum, homeschooling helps parents build intimate and meaningful relationships with their children (2). A typical school day is eight hours and school activities can be an extra 10 hours a week. Between parents working, all the time required by school and activities and running errands, it can be tough for a family to have the extra time to...