Contrary to what many people believe about homeschooling, the practice of families educating their children at home is not a new idea. Parents used to teach their children at home, send the children to private schools or hire tutors to teach the children before mandatory government school attendance came into effect in the 19th century. Homeschooling began gaining popularity in North America again during the 1980s. Now, homeschooling is not viewed as warily as it was in decades past. Not everyone approves of homeschooling, but there are many good reasons why millions of families around the world are rejecting public and private schools and embracing homeschooling.
Public schools cannot give suitable individualized attention to their students the way that parents can give to their children. Public school classrooms are typically overcrowded and it is not uncommon for classrooms to have 30 or more students and only one teacher in charge to educate young and impressionable minds. Children need to feel valued and they need to be encouraged. Public schools do not put their focus on helping a child discover their true talents and become the best that they can be. Private schools have smaller classrooms than public schools but the cost of attending a private school can be expensive. Homeschooling is a wonderful way for a child to get a more customized education that compliments his or her personal learning style. The costs of homeschooling a child are less expensive than private school tuition and homeschooling also protects children from the dangers that exist in the public school system.
Incidents of children committing suicide due to their despair over the bullying they face at school are rising alarmingly. Bullying is destructive, and the emotional scars from bullying can negatively affect a person’s psyche for the rest of their lives. Parents who experienced bullying themselves when they were younger may view homeschooling as a better way to protect their children from vicious schoolmates who wreak havoc on the self-esteems of their peers. The emotional and physical violence that exists in schools is very distracting to students who genuinely want to learn. Homeschooling is ideal for families who want their children to feel safe and free to be themselves amongst people who love them.
The flexibility of homeschooling is much more freeing than the rigid and structured school system’s calendar. Some parents have jobs that require a lot of traveling and if the parents were to keep excusing their children from school to travel with them, their children’s education could suffer. Because homeschooling families can create their own schedules, they never have to worry about structuring their lives around the school calendar. Rather, homeschooling can be structured around the family’s schedule. Homeschooling is often a better alternative for families that want their children to have more time to spend on their hobbies and extra-curricular activities.
Homeschooling families have ample opportunity to involve their children in social activities, including volunteering in their communities, participating in extracurricular activities and going on field trips with other homeschooling families. With homeschooling, there is no limitation to how education can be executed and experienced. Homeschooling is not a choice that every family will pursue, but many families who make the decision to home-school feel confident about it. The roles of raising and educating children belong to parents, not to the government. Parents should be the ones determining which path their children’s education should take, and homeschooling puts the control of shaping a child’s mind back in to the parent’s hands where it belongs.