Home schooling or homeschooling, also referred to as independent schooling or educational home schooling, is the schooling of school-age children in a private or non-profit establishment, other than a public school. It differs from conventional schooling in that most of the time, parents and teachers work together to guide the child’s education. This system of education is based on the conservative notion that schooling should be left to parents, if they can effectively teach their children without outside intervention. Many traditional schools are now home schooling with many parents not having enough time to attend classes at school. However, even though home schooling is a growing trend, many parents are unsure whether it is right for their child or not.
Although the United States Department of Education has not taken a position on the issue, many educators feel that home schooling is an effective educational option for low-income families. Although most states require parental permission for a child to attend a public school, a few have no requirement at all. There is some controversy over whether homeschooled children benefit academically from being in a private school setting. Many private schools do not offer the same resources and technological aids as a public school and therefore a home schooled child may be behind other students in terms of academic results.
Parents who choose to homeschool may face resistance from a public school district. Although most states require parental permission for a child to attend a public school, many districts have policies that prevent a parent from using any type of private educational information (such as test scores) in their decision to send a child to a public school. In addition, most public schools are governed by a policy that requires parental permission or consent for anyone wishing to teach in the classroom.
Private schools may also have a desire to control the curriculum. Although some curricula in the public school systems is approved by parents and given careful oversight, public schooling still provides little control over aspects of the curriculum. One of the concerns for many parents with home schooled children is the lack of curriculum control. While some home school families feel that certain subjects are taught in inappropriate ways, others believe that they are being taught that which they are not ready for. Private school districts, therefore, are often pressured by parents to make sure that these topics are taught in a respectful way.
Homeschooling is not for everyone. If you are considering homeschooling your children, it is important to consider whether or not you are willing to put in the time and effort to provide them with a quality education. Although the initial expense can be high, there are several financial benefits. If you home school your children, you will be responsible for paying the costs of supplies, such as textbooks, as well as the cost of their meals each day. Many parents who home school their children also find that they save money on child care by home schooling.
Although home schooling has its disadvantages, there are also quite a few benefits. In addition to the above mentioned benefits, you have more time to do things that you may want to do anyway, you don’t have to worry about being conformable to a set schedule and you have more control over the curriculum. When deciding whether or not to home school your children, it is important to do your research. Talk to other parents who home school and get their opinion on whether or not home schooling is right for your family.