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Have you heard of homeschooling before? Do you ever feel worried about what exactly goes in your child’s school or do you feel discontent over his curriculum? Do you think you can afford to invest time into supervising what your kid is studying and to personalize the education system of your child? What you might be looking for is Homeschooling. Let’s get to know a bit about it before you take the plunge.
What exactly is homeschooling?
Homeschooling is an advanced education approach parents resort to when they feel that the traditional educational system isn’t working for their kid. Also, when they’re dissatisfied with the same or over clashing religious and educational ideologies. So the parents decide to educate their kid at home instead of him/her to a public or private school.
When is homeschooling advantageous?
- When you feel your kid needs special attention, and he needs extra efforts compared to kids his age which he might not get in a massive, group education.
- If you’re worried about his sleep cycle, his diet, unsafe surrounding, peer pressure and exposure to viruses and infection (if you feel his immunity is low) in a traditional school.
- When you have certain religious views which you think might be affected in a school system If you have a different or unconventional child who might be prone to bullying and violence in a traditional school setup.
- If you’ve a job that requires you to move or shift around a lot (ex: armed forces), you might want consistency in your child’s education and at the pace at which he/she’s comfortable in.
- When you want your kid to explore topics they’re interested in and when they are interested in with lesser limitations.
- If you want your kid to have a familiar comfortable environment for studying where he could express his opinions and queries without any restraint.
Cons of homeschooling
- It takes a lot of time as a parent. You won’t be just a parent but also a teacher for the kid and it could get exhausting. You might sacrifice a lot of me-time including kitty parties or golf sessions with your buddies.
- Your kid might find it difficult to make friends as he won’t be meeting kids 5 days a week. Sometimes even fitting in might be difficult. Even you might find it difficult to fit among your age mommies and daddies. You will miss out on teachers-bitching sessions(of course there’s no such thing).
- Your kid might miss out on exploring different sports if you don’t have the necessary resources or the bucks to spend for it.
- Peer pressure is like a coin with two sides. It could be toxic at times but sometimes it could work well. It creates a competitive environment for your child to prepare and be ready for all the challenges.
- Stigma and stereotypes are attached to it even now. Homeschooled kids are called dumb or kids with inadequate social skills.
- It’s hard to teach the subjects you don’t like, especially if your kid begins to like them. Imagine your kid starts adoring mathematics. Then you’ll have to get along with it and work as hard with him or her. You also can’t let your disinterest impact him/her as you have a direct influence on them.
- Distractions could play a major hurdle. This is the era of YouTube, Instagram and the practically whole internet. It gets difficult to be focussed on studies, not just for the kid but you too(yeah, who are we kidding).
- Your kids might not get that push to explore the areas which they don’t like. They might not go beyond their comfort zone and you being their parent primarily might not push them enough. Parent wins, the teacher fails?
What is the option available in India?
There are various curriculums in India that allow private students to appear for exams, IGCSE, NIOS, Maharashtra School of Open Schooling and Cambridge Board of Open Schooling. Children can get enrolled in NIOS(National Institute of Open Schooling) and let him give annual academic tests.
This way you can regulate his progress and keep a check on his studies. You can teach him or enrol for a tutor as well. The homeschooling community too is very active on Facebook and blogs. Kids can pursue homeschooling and switch to regular schooling by 10th or 12th.