So you’re fed up with the formal education system, as it exists in our country today, and who can blame you? Or maybe it’s the bureaucracy in your child’s school. Else, you just don’t like the way concepts are taught in regular schools and can’t seem to find a school that matches up to your ideologies. Whatever the reason, you are considering homeschooling your little one and you feel it’s the best choice in his interests.
Here are some pointers though, that you might want to consider before you take the plunge.
1. Lacking Social Skills
Children who are homeschooled do not get enough opportunities to interact with others in their age group. Building bonds, mingling among their peers and nurturing friendships, help children develop their social skills. Developing social skills is essential to prepare a child for a lifetime of relationships. Lacking these critical skills might impact them later in life.
Homeschooling is a huge commitment of time and effort on the part of the parents. The parent and the child should consistently put aside time every day to study, despite the distractions around. From framing lesson plans to making the concepts interesting and testing the child at regular intervals, it can all be quite a strain. Alternately, one can opt to engage a professional tutor, but this is an expensive proposition. Also multiple tutors may need to be engaged for different subjects.
3. All Round Development
In a mainstream school, a child will be exposed to many activities other than academics, for example, dance, music, sports, theatre, and so on, all of which contribute to his all-round development. Being homeschooled may not give the child as many opportunities to develop her interests in these aspects. They will also have limited or no access to playing fields, swimming pools, labs and libraries which they would have regular access to if they were part of a regular school.
4. No competitive Environment
Being homeschooled, children will not be exposed to the competitive world around them. As they have no benchmark to compare their performance and motivate themselves, they will have difficulty in adjusting to the real world. The corporate world and its rat race might overwhelm them and catch them off guard.
5. Too Sheltered
Homeschooled kids live largely within a cocoon. Kids need to be exposed to people from different walks of life, be it social strata, religion or language. Only when they learn to appreciate differences, will they grow up to be tolerant and secular human beings.
As a parent, one of our key responsibilities towards our children is education. Do your research well and get a first-hand feedback from other parents who have made the choice to homeschool. Whatever your decision may be, consider the pros and cons carefully and choose what best suits your child’s needs.