Idea Ultimate: Home-schooling

Should children be taught at home by their parents?

1. YES

 Parents could have the opportunity to:

  1. Plan the curriculum and their children’s schooling schedule.
  2. demonstrate to their children that education is fun.
  3. create strong bonds with their children.
  4. adopt teaching methods that suit their children’s learning style.
  5. spend extra time with their children on difficult concepts and move ahead after their children master them.
  6. create a flexible schedule, which is not possible for children enrolled in public schools.
  7. Shelter their children from violence, drugs, and any negative behavior children in public schools frequently encounter.
  8. provide their children with personal interaction, which cannot be provided in large classes.
  9. spend extra time helping their children develop any special talents they possess, including musical, athletic, etc.
  10. draw closer to their spouse as they home-school their children together.
  11. enjoy spending more time with their children.
  12. take their children on vacation when public schools are still in session.
  13. have control over their children’s diet.

2. NO

 Parents would be required to:

  1. be around their children all day long. This can be difficult when children become restless and misbehave.
  2. frequently explain their reasons for home-schooling their children to friends and relatives who are confused about their decision.
  3. constantly attempt to be effective teachers by preparing themselves, reviewing numerous curriculum programs, etc.
  4. constantly motivate their children.
  5. give up their job, effectively reducing the family income.
  6. buy books, computers, and other educational tools, which could be very costly.

 It limits your child’s opportunities to participate in team sports, competitions, and other extra-curricular activities. This could make them introvert.

 Children will not have access to some of the wonderful programs that schools offer.

 Students may never be exposed to expert teachers to deepen their knowledge in specific subjects.

 It can sometimes be difficult to find friends when educated at home.

 Some parents do not have the knowledge or patience to teach their children.