Would you homeschool your child? | The Tylt
With an estimated 1.7 million children being homeschooled (or unschooled), the trend is definitely on the rise. Critics argue homeschooled kids could lose out academically, won't develop social skills and may miss out on being with their peers. But proponents say homeschooled kids perform as well academically as their peers (if not better) and think children can be socialized in many ways besides school. What do you think? Scroll down to read more and vote!
Would you homeschool your child?
Blogger Matt Walsh makes a powerful argument against the assembly-line, one-size-fits-all ethos of so much American public schooling:
Many people are thoroughly disgusted with the way we treat education in our country. We don’t need to be studying our kids like lab rats, running academic experiments on them, and then comparing and contrasting their performance with the other kids across town, and the kids across the world, and the kangaroos in the zoo. Education is not a competitive sport.
Many argue kids need school for development besides academics: learning how to make friends, how to interact with and navigate peers, teachers, and teams. While many homeschooling advocates strongly disagree with the idea that homeschooled children have socialization problems, this Australian homeschooling mother agrees that it can be an issue:
When a child enters school, they are joining a community. Schools work very hard to build this community; to foster a sense of belonging and pride among its students, staff, parents and the wider community....School children have the opportunity every day to interact with other children, play sport alongside them, problem-solve together, negotiate with teachers and argue and disagree with other students.
Other arguments against homeschooling: it's hard to measure homeschooling systems to make sure kids' academic needs are met. And the disadvantages of being reared outside of mainstream culture are felt strongly by some school students later in life. Lana Hope writes that
When I grew up and had social problems, I just blamed myself because, again, it never crossed my mind that I wasn’t well socialized. It took online bloggers and online community—sharing stories together—before I realized that actually, I have socialization problems as a result of my homeschool years.
But then look at the amount of bullying, social ostracizing, and shaming that can happen at group schools. For some kids, depending on their learning abilities and development, learning at home could be the most beneficial choice.