"Hey Jonathan! What do you mean that you're homeschooled? Does that mean you don't go to school at all?" asked the children of Bleary Primary School while I was there last year.
"No, it means that I do school at home with a curriculum that is sent every year with textbooks and supplies." I replied.
Many children, maybe thousands, homeschool around the world. Some teachers and adults however, think that homeschooling is bad and should be stopped. They say that homeschoolers do not get a good education. In some countries homeschooling is even illegal! Here are some advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling—decide for yourself!
One advantage of homeschooling is a flexible timetable. You can decide to do school at any time you want. You can do school on Saturdays in the afternoon or on Monday in the early morning. I for example, sometimes do school in the morning and do homework all evening, or have a break in the morning and do school in the evening. Sometimes I don't do much school and on others I do double lessons.
Another advantage is that travelling is easy while homeschooling. You can pack away several subjects easily in a small backpack or suitcase and take it with you wherever you go. I often travel and usually take school with me, for example, to Canada or the UK. However, you have to be careful, for as I said above, in the introduction, it is illegal to homeschool in several countries.
Yet another advantage is having more control over schooling. You can choose what your student learns about and how they do their work. You can add more resources or do extra work. You can decide whether to do enrichments activities, and optional things, and have complete control over your student's schooling.
One more pro to homeschooling is being able to give individual attention to your students. A student works better when he or she gets individual help and guidance from the teacher. According to a UPC study, this is virtually unknown in many public schools. One way to prevent this issue is to have a smaller class size: something easy in homeschool environment. That is a big advantage to homeschooling.
The last advantage of homeschooling is having better meals. I went to a school in the United Kingdom once for the day and was served a cold portion of beans, fried chips, and fish fingers. It was almost tasteless and very...