Education opens many doors for people from every walk of life. Home-schooling is a way to receive a more personalized and private education rather than receiving an education from the government’s schools. Although a home-schooling environment can provide many educational benefits, there are people whose views about home-schooling are very narrow-minded. People who have voiced their disapproval about home-schooling feel that children who are primarily educated at home will not be prepared to face “real life” challenges in the “real world” outside of their family homes.
Another misconception of home-schoolers is that they will be unprepared for college and university courses. Many home-schooling families are breaking those stereotypes and setting impressive examples about why home-schooling is a perfectly acceptable way to provide quality education. Here are some common misconceptions about home education:
Quality of education
People who scoff at home-schooling question whether or not a child’s parents can truly provide a quality level of education that the child needs. Not all home-schooling parents have teaching degrees, but many parents who home-school have completed their high school education and have post-secondary educational degrees. Each family that home-schools operates their at-home classrooms in their own unique way. Some home-schoolers will have all of their lessons taught by their parents, and other home-schoolers will have many of their lessons taught by their parents and other lessons taught by specialized tutors.
Parents who home-school can choose to follow a curriculum and purchase study materials and workbooks from home-schooling sources and programs, or, parents can choose to create their own study curriculum for the children. A parent does not need to be a certified teacher to teach his or her child to read and do simple math exercises. Home-schooling parents are also free to hire tutors or enroll their children in other classes to teach subjects that they need more help with.
For some reason, many people who are against home-schooling believe that home-schooled students are lacking opportunities to socialize and make friends. A four-walled school classroom is not the only place where children can learn how to interact with others. Extra-curricular activities like sports, music lessons, martial arts, drama classes, and more can provide plenty of socialization for home-schooled students. Volunteering is another way to meet people and learn valuable life lessons.
Many school teachers discourage their students from socializing during class time because they want the students to focus solely on class work. There is no guarantee that a child who attends school will be more properly socialized than a child who is educated at home. In fact, the rampant bullying and peer pressure that happens in government schools around the world is a major reason why families choose to home-school.
It is a common misconception that all home-schooling families are religious fundamentalists. Not all home-schooling families are religious. Some home-schooling families are Christian, some are Muslim, some are atheists, and some practice other faiths. While it is true that there are many home-schooling families who prefer to home-school because they want their children to incorporate religious study in their education, not all home-schooling families are heavily religious. Home-schooling does not need to take 6 to 8 hours per day. Instead, home-schooling work can be done within 2 or 3 hours because of the lack of distractions that happen in school classrooms.
Home-schooling is perfectly normal and a valid way to gain education. Some home-schooling families consist of parents who home-school their children while also earning an income from home. Some home-schooling families have only one parent who earns income outside of the home, while the other parent exclusively home-schools the children. Other home-schooling families are single parent households. There are home-schooling grandparents and there are also former public school teachers who decided to quit their teaching jobs and home-school their own children. There are support groups and associations for home-schooling families, and many home-schooled students have completed university and college or started their own businesses. Home-schooling is not a new fad. In fact, before compulsory education was introduced in North America during the 19th century, being taught at home by parents and tutors was commonplace.