Home Schooling is Better than Public Schooling
Education is one of the most crucial requirements in the life of a child. According to Njong, education improves the productivity of people in poor households, increasing their wages and reducing poverty. Similarly, less significant educational achievements predispose the community to poverty. Most often, education is provided in a public school setting. However, homeschooling is important because it ensures child safety and prevents exposure to harmful influences. I believe homeschooling is better because parents have the ability to mentor their children, teach them at their pace and make their learning enjoyable.
Homeschooling has various advantages to the children and parents. At home, children spend the most time with their parents and parents can teach them how to behave. It starts right from infancy, where cognitive development occurs while children interact with their family. During the early years, children observe various behavioral patterns of their parents, and they learn them effectively. Therefore, parents should consider homeschooling because children easily learn from them which enables the children to appreciate their identity. Current studies on childhood literacy indicate that children learn faster in their early years. Their developing brain presents an opportunity to them to be innovative and flexible. Therefore, allowing a child to go out in the public at an early age gives them an opportunity to learn some social behavior that might be detrimental to their growth. Again, homeschooling is better because it prevents children from environmental hazards like communicable diseases that are so common nowadays. The diseases are easily transferable, and every child is exposed, especially young children who do not have a stable immune system yet. At home, parents are likely to monitor the health practices of their children. They can teach them hand washing, holding their mouths when sneezing, and reporting when they have a problem. However, in a public school setting, teachers do not play a significant role in monitoring the health of children, thus leading to poor health practices among children.
In older children, homeschooling is important because it gives them the picture that learning is an interesting venture. According to Medoff, most children are fearful in public school, and they do not ask questions whenever they have a problem. Eventually, it causes them to perform poorly and even hate the teacher of the subject. At the same time, homeschooling allows children learn at their individual pace. Homeschooling is also crucial because parents are not in a hurry to clear the syllabus and so, children learn at their own time. For instance, homeschooling gives parents a chance to create a schedule that fits their children to enable their active learning at the pace convenient to them. Eventually, their children have more time to play, interact with their parents, develop their talents, improve their self-esteem, and at the same time, learn effectively. Again, when children go to public schools, they are exposed to peers who put them at various risks. Eventually, they suffer from adverse effects of drug abuse and early pregnancy, which goes against social norms. Many school-going children might engage in drinking or drug abusing, and it is caused by peer influence. Another point of concern is the teenage pregnancy. Reports show that adolescents begin their first sexual intercourse after learning about it from their friends. Eventually, it results in teenage pregnancy. However, homeschooling prevents vulnerability to reckless behavior that might be detrimental to the social and mental development of children.
Although homeschooling has some advantages, it also has some disadvantages like missing on the opportunities to interact with other children. Sometimes, peer influence is good because children have a chance to learn and appreciate others. Furthermore, it helps in the mental development of a child. Arguably, integrating oneself into a social group is vital to personal growth and development. Again, Reitz et al. claim that peer influence shapes the personality of an individual and promotes developmental differences that make a child identify themselves with a group. In homeschooling, children are confined in the home. Eventually, they do not develop proper social skills, and they become self-centred. To solve this problem, parents need to integrate their interactive skills when teaching their children. In addition, parents should allow their children to play with other children once they come from school. Another problem of homeschooling is the input parents have to incur. Homeschooling is expensive because parents have to buy curriculum accessories and stop other jobs to educate their children. At the same time, children do not receive the desired education because some parents have to prepare them for every subject even those that they do not know well. To avoid looking at it as a problem, parents need to fulfill homeschooling as their duty and look at it as their primary job. Further, parents have to integrate electronic materials in teaching their children to make learning more practical. In addition, parents must make sure they collaborate with those who have expertise in some subjects to help them get the knowledge to teach their children. Again, since children are curious, they are likely to feel depressed when they see others go out to public schools while they learn at home. It forces them to explore and try to discover what is going on in public schools. Eventually, the curiosity might make them lose concentration and thus, lead to poor results in learning. To solve this problem, children must be given free time probably in the evening to interact with other children who will tell them what public schooling is all about. Another important disadvantage that parents can encounter in homeschooling is the lack of facilities. In most homes, there are no equipped libraries, playgrounds, and children cannot benefit from trips planned by public schools. To solve this problem, parents need to take their children for recreation weekly to ensure that they also have a chance of accessing the amenities. Lastly, children do not have motivation at home. When they learn, they do not compete with other children, and they might be tempted not to take their studies serious. To solve this problem, parents should allow children to socialize with other children who will challenge them about what they learn in school. In addition, the parents should encourage children to evaluate themselves based on their previous performance. Eventually, they will recognize that they need to work hard.
Considerably, homeschooling is better than public schooling because children can grow up near their parents. It provides an opportunity for the parents to mentor and monitor their children, making their learning enjoyable. Parents can also ensure the safety and health of their children. On the other hand, homeschooling presents some serious challenges to parents and their children. It is an expensive undertaking and it denies children a chance to feel a part of a group. To avoid vulnerabilities and challenges brought about by homeschooling, parents should devise means of making their children have a proper social life. Additionally, they have to ensure they get necessary materials to teach their children. As they embrace homeschooling, they must also be aware of the challenges that homeschooling brings and the solutions.